Glacier & Waterton: An International Treasure

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Discover the Scenic Splendors & Alpine Heights of Two Neighboring National Parks
The Blackfeet Indians, at home in the Northern Rockies of Montana for over 10,000 years, call Glacier National Park “the backbone of the world.” Its serrated spine of granite peaks forms the Continental Divide, with glacier-carved valleys scoured out on both flanks. It’s a glorious landscape of sharp summits, meadows, wildflowers and meltwater lakes fed by rills tumbling down off the park’s namesake ice shelves. Subalpine forests and rocky ramparts are home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, elk and more. Survey the wonders on Going-to-the-Sun Road, float the Flathead River, and discover hidden corners with our guides who know this wild terrain intimately. Our rare small-group foray into Glacier—plus Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park, which shares a border and an ecosystem—will refresh and energize contemporary spirits, as this land has done for centuries.



Nat Hab guest, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Christie Lavoie
Nat Hab guest, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Grizzly bear cubs, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Grizzly bear cubs, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Pollock Mountain and Bishop
Pollock Mountain and Bishop's Cap, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Mountain goat, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Mountain goat, Glacier National Park, Montana.
St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.
St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Apgar dock, Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Apgar dock, Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Grizzly bears, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Grizzly bears, Glacier National Park, Montana.

Trip Highlights

Two Grand Parks on One International Itinerary

Join our expert guides on a natural history adventure in two stunning national parks—few itineraries include both Glacier and Canada's Waterton Lakes

Stay at Optimally Located Lodges in the Parks

Enjoy special lodgings replete with history, Old West atmosphere and prime proximity to wild nature, including Many Glacier Hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake

No More Than Seven Guests Per Vehicle

Traveling with two Expedition Leaders lets us divide our small group even further, for varied hikes and intimate wildlife encounters bus tours don't get

Glacier & Waterton Photo Expeditions

Photo Expeditions are limited to 10 guests and guided by a naturalist Expedition Leader who is also an expert nature photographer and instructor. (Departures with more than seven travelers will travel with two Expedition Leaders.) Photography workshops are included throughout the park, with field tutorials on capturing memorable images of landscapes, wildlife, wildflowers and more. No matter your ability level, your guide is by your side with personalized tips and feedback, to help you take your nature photography to the next level.
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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, scrambling for timed reservations and scarce accommodations, or on a conventional bus tour, settling for a quick drive across the park among hordes of other tourists and missing out on Glacier'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 ratio!
  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 many independent visitors miss. Our in-depth knowledge of the Glacier region allows us to take you to lesser-known spots where wildlife viewing is better and crowds are fewer.
  5. A Window Seat for Every Guest
    Our spacious private vans are a real contrast to big 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. They offer a wealth of information about wildlife, geology, ecology, 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 Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  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 Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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