Great Montana & Glacier National Park – August 20th – 26th, 2020

Welcome to Big Sky Country… Montana! It is defined by its diverse terrain ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. Its wide-open spaces include Glacier National Park, a vast wilderness preserve that passes into Canada. The park’s many snow-capped peaks, lakes and alpine hiking trails are showcased along its famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, stretching 50 miles over some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world!

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Day 1 – Thursday August 20th – Salem to Coeur d’Alene ID  
Enjoy the scenery as we make our way through the Columbia River Gorge. We’ll make a few stops along the way including Multnomah Falls… According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. It cascades more than 600-feet down a sheer cliff face amidst a lush and verdant forest. Next, it’s Ice Harbor Brewing Company at the Marina in Kennewick… enjoy the view and some great food… they are famous for their fish and chips and more! Our Home for the night is the Coeur d’Alene Resort… overlooking a stunning alpine lake in a quaint, friendly downtown. You’ll have some time to get cozy before our welcome sunset dinner cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Coeur d’Alene Resort (L, D)

Day 2 – Friday August 21st – Coeur d’Alene to Butte Mt
We’ll continue east through the Silver Valley this morning…Shoshone Valley produced 1.2 billion ounces of silver since 1884. Silver mining is still a big part of their economy, but today it is carried out in total harmony with a pristine mountain environment. Welcome to Montana “Big Sky Country” our first stop is Missoula Historic Downtown… enjoy some free time to grab a bite amongst the old buildings. Next it’s  Montana Gems of Philipsburg… you will have a chance to mine for Montana sapphires this afternoon… they will give us a bucket of Montana Sapphire gravel and everything we need… screens, gold pans etc. to sift through the pay dirt to find your own sapphires. Our home for the next two nights is the Copper King in Butte. We’ll have a delicious dinner at the hotel before we say goodnight. Copper King (B, D)

Day 3 – Saturday August 22nd – Local Touring
We’ll head to Historic Nevada City Montana today… enjoy living history in the outdoor museum that houses one of the largest collections of Old West artifacts outside the Smithsonian, it has one hundred 1863 to early 1900 buildings. The museum entrance is also home to several unique music machines. Experience the culture, time and place as you discover early Montana. We’ll also take in Virginia City… the very much alive ghost town, it is frozen in time and a remarkably well-preserved Old West Victorian gold mining town. We’ll head back to Bute where we’ll visit the World Museum of Mining… experienced a century of hard rock mining that earned the reputation of being home to one of the world’s most productive copper mines. You’ll have some time to rest up at the hotel before we head to dinner. Copper King (B, D)

Day 4 – Sunday August 23rd – Butte to Glacier National Park
Today we’ll explore stunning terrain and diverse beauty, first stop is Gates of Mountain where we’ll take a cruise on the Missouri River. When Lewis and Clark came across this deep channel they toiled to move upstream. Rock embankments made towing from shore impossible and the deep channel forced the men to row rather than pole their boats forward. Limestone cliffs rose to a spectacular height of 1200 feet. “In many places,” wrote Meriwether Lewis, “the rocks seem ready to tumble on us.” At each bend in the waterway, great stone walls seemed to block passage, only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near. In his journal, Meriwether wrote: “I shall call this place: “GATES OF THE MOUNTAINS“. We’ll make our way north to our home for the next two nights, the historic “Big Tree Lodge” at Glacier National Park… Inside this historic hotel, Douglas Fir logs tower over the lobby, a fire crackles in the stone fireplace and guests gather to share stories of the day’s adventures. Instead of television, you’ll find beautiful mountain views and instead of air conditioning you’ll breathe fresh Montana mountain air. “Big Tree Lodge” at Glacier National Park (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Monday August 24th – Glacier National Park   
After breakfast we’ll enjoy a “Historic Red Bus Tour of Glacier National Park”. The scenery and wildlife in Glacier National Park provide constant amazement and inspiration. The famous Red Buses serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park. In fact, the vintage 1930s buses are part of the human history and heritage of the park. As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll-back tops are perfect for providing full views of the stunning mountains and the area’s signature Big Sky. The guides are seasoned park veterans, who are here because they love the park and enjoy sharing the park with visitors. Our route drives us over Marias Pass, with wildlife viewing at Goat Lick. After lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge, we’ll tour the grand cedar and hemlock forests that lie within the Lake McDonald Valley. Ascend to the high alpine region of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass and down into the St. Mary Valley. Stop at the Wild Goose Island overlook for another incredible photo opportunity. The tour finishes with grand vistas of grassland, prairie and mountains we’ll arrive back at Glacier Park Lodge where your evening is free to soak up the surroundings. “Big Tree Lodge” at Glacier National Park (B, L)

Day 6 – Tuesday August 25th – Glacier to Spokane WA
We’ll depart Glacier today with fabulous memories of this beautiful place. Our drive will take us through a variety of landscapes today. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch overlooking beautiful Flathead Lake… it is the largest natural lake in northwest Montana and is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area west of the Missouri River. We’ll end the day in luxury at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane… it has been world famous since it opened in September of 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (designed by Louis Davenport himself). You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before indulging in a delicious dinner at the hotel. Davenport Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Wednesday August 26th – Spokane to Home
We’ll make our way home today with a few stops along the way including a wonderful lunch at the iconic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. It was built by Simon Benson, who was involved with the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway project. Benson envisioned a hotel at the end of the highway and completed the Mission style hotel in 1921. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in “Big Sky Country” (B, L)

$2,548 Double $3,324 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by May 21st, 2020