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Glacier & Waterton: An International Treasure

Discover the Scenic Splendors of One of North America's Most Spectacular Alpine Environments
9 Days From $6895
When naturalist John Muir visited Glacier in 1901, he wrote, “Get off the tracks at Belton Station [now West Glacier] and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the midst of what you are sure to say is the best care-killing scenery on the continent.” Muir’s words are still valid today in this beguiling landscape of peaks, meadows, wildflowers and meltwater lakes fed by rills tumbling down off the park’s namesake ice shelves. Subalpine forests and high rocky ramparts are home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, elk and more. This rare small-group foray into the natural bounty of Glacier—plus Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park, which shares a border and an ecosystem—will refresh and energize contemporary spirits just as it did a century ago.
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Trip Highlights

  • Two Parks on One ItineraryJoin expert guides on a small-group natural history adventure in two of North America's most stunning national parks—you won't find a more intimate approach!
  • See Highlights & Hidden CornersCross the Continental Divide on Going-to-the-Sun Road, and scout for wildlife in more remote reaches, with the utmost in personalized interpretation 
  • Stay at Historic Park LodgesRelax at grand lakeside lodges, replete with history, rustic log furnishings and Old West atmosphere, each a national park icon in its own right

Why Choose Our Small-Group Glacier Adventure?

Glacier National Park is one of America’s iconic vacation destinations. Most travelers try to see it on their own or on a conventional bus tour, settling for a quick drive across the park among hordes of other tourists and missing out on the park’s many hidden treasures—and very few head across the border to enjoy the equally spectacular sights of Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park. Together, Glacier and Waterton are complementary gems, and Nat Hab offers a superlative way to experience them: 

  1. Don't Do It Yourself: Let Us Give You a Hassle-Free Vacation!
    You know what’s involved in planning your own trip: endless hours of research, questions, competing to get scarce reservations, then driving around trying to figure out where to go and what to do. In the process, you lose time and endure a lot of headaches. We take the legwork and guesswork out! When you travel with us, you’ll tap our years of expertise, for a far superior experience.
  2. Travel in a Small Group for Intimate Wildlife Encounters
    Imagine trying to experience the beauty and wonder of Glacier from a bus with 45 other passengers. Now picture yourself in our small group, with just seven guests per vehicle (and no more than 12 guests total), each with a naturalist Expedition Leader. It’s a vastly superior way to experience nature. We have the flexibility to move quickly to areas where wildlife has recently been spotted and to access more remote areas that motorcoaches and even small buses cannot reach.
  3. Move at Your Own Pace, with Personalized Guiding
    Our Expedition Leaders understand that physical abilities vary within a group and are adept at accommodating a range of different capacities. Two guides allow us to divide the group up according to physical ability and individual desires. This means you can hike at a comfortable pace on your own level without needing to wait for others or feel rushed. You won't find a better guide-to-guest ration anywhere!
  4. A Custom-Crafted Route That Highlights Nature & Avoids Crowds
    Our own staff Expedition Leaders have carefully designed our itinerary to reveal out-of-the-way corners of Glacier's diverse landscapes that big tour groups and most independent visitors miss. Our in-depth knowledge of the Glacier region allows us to take you to lesser-known areas where wildlife viewing is better and crowds are few. And you’ll see scenic vistas that are usually reserved only for hardy backcountry hikers!
  5. A Window Seat for Every Guest
    Our spacious private vans are a real contrast to big, noisy motorcoaches. Because we limit our capacity to just seven guests in a vehicle (dividing our group of 12 into two vehicles), not only does everyone get a window seat for easy photography and wildlife viewing even while we're driving, but there's plenty of room to spread out. You won't travel more comfortably!
  6. Expert Naturalist Guides Create a Matchless Experience
    Our Expedition Leaders are professional naturalists with in-depth insight into the habitats we explore, the behavioral patterns of the wildlife we encounter, and the know-how to be in the right place at the right time to see animals and avoid crowds of other tourists. Guides with decades of experience lead our Glacier trips. They intimately know every trail, include lots of special stops and surprises that the casual tourist would miss and offer a wealth of information about everything from wildlife and biology to geology, natural history and Native American culture. Many people see our national parks on their own, but when you travel with our naturalist guides, you'll see, do and learn so much more. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Glacier & Waterton Adventure
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, stating clearly that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. We think this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  8. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can embark upon this adventure knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
  9. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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