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10575 Discovery Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135
It’s Big Sky meets meets six days of big smiles on our epic Glacier National Park/Going to The Sun Road Bike trip.
Basing from Montana’s 1583-sq. mile Glacier National Park, characterized by no less than 375 historic properties plus six historic landmarks, we cycle into some of North America’s most breathtaking landscapes. Moreover, at each stop, each slow pass, we interpret, or receive wisdom about what’s known as The Crown of the Continent ecosystem.
In the most reductive sense, there’s a same as it ever was quality to Glacier National Park. Nearly all of the plants and animals that existed during the era of European exploration are still present, largely preserved in the park, adjoining wilderness and tribal homelands. To these wonderfully affirming realities, add rejuvenating attributes. By virtue of the fact no dense population centers exist near, or impact Glacier NP, coupled to the scarcity of upwind industry, water and air quality here are exemplary, among the best in North America.
From background to foreground, we ride incredibly picturesque cycling routes: from the shoreline of lakes shaped and fed by 10,000-year old retreating glaciers ago. Only to see new life reasserting itself where wildfires altered the landscape.
Once off the bike, take an invigorating dip in high-alpine lake waters. Or immerse your inner geologist in the park’s 1.4 billion-year old stromatolite rocks.
At the same time, we’re mindful of time sensitivity to this big country. In sum, of the park’s 150 glaciers, photographed and studied at midcentury, only 25 remain dynamic. Park Service divulges that by 2030, accelerated by Climate Change, the park’s namesake glaciers will completely vanish.
*ebike available for this tour. Some restrictions apply.
Day 1-2: Our six day epic kicks off with an hour-long shuttle, from the resort town of Whitefish. The day’s first stage commences from 6651-ft Apgar Mountain, on Glacier’s western edge. We route past 6593-ft Huckleberry Mountain, in the Apgar range: thickly forested home to elk, mule and whitetail deer, mountain lion, Grizzly and Black bear. Beneath soaring peaks, sculpted by glacial retreat, we arrive at the humble visitor center. On the next ten-mile stage we sweep up valley, paralleling the shores of Lake McDonald: an alpine stunner, fed by fading glaciers and snowfields. At the Park Inn, a rustic Swiss style resort built in 1913 we close out a fulsome first day. Day 2, a turn of the century engineering feat, Going to The Sun Road consistently places amongst America’s top-ten most scenic roads. No wonder some stretches of this roughhewn, east-west stretching thoroughfare took ten years to complete, given the distinct if not powerful landscapes Going to The Sun traverses: no less than 48-miles of waterfalls, broad alpine valleys, magnificent forests and sharply serrated mountain peaks. Climbing to Logan Pass, we gain 3000-feet on a roadbed so accommodating to our Kevlar skins it seems manicured. At the eastern terminus of The Going to The Sun Road, we roll into a humble village of 50 full-time residents, truly a wide spot on US-89. Nonetheless, at the park’s edge we marvel at the striking presentation that is the Saint Mary’s visitor center. All smart, sharp, modernist lines that conform to the vividly vertical landscape, the Saint Mary’s structure is arguably the most architecturally imaginative welcome mat in the US Park Service.
Day 3-4: Take a 20-mile shuttle from Saint Mary to Many Glacier Inn, which edges Swiftcurrent Lake. No less than the jewels of Glacier National Park, these alpine lakes—at 4878-ft altitude—represent wilderness paradise. Where water, big-charismatic wildlife and even bigger backcountry mountains merge, we indulge in hikes along Cataract Creek. Later, the day’s ride options include the spectacular Chief Mountain Highway, ascending to the Chiefton Overlook. Day 4, view bears rising above close-in meadows, more reclusive Bighorn sheep on hillsides, Golden and Bald eagles riding a thermal—or admiring our kit—on high. Our ride shoots south, plying the eastern border of Glacier. Set against spectacular meadows, we sojourn briefly at Two Medicine Valley, at the park’s southeast: a Matterhorn evoking mountain called Rising Wolf, 9518-ft. lording over Two Medicine Lake. A stunning descent to East Glacier is palpable for its spirit, the quintessence or essence that fills the space between terra firma and the universe above. Not only rich Grizzly habitat, but wolf, coyote, Black bear, moose, elk are routinely seen from the road’s lookouts. Overnight at Glacier Park Lodge: magnificently framed by 40-foot tall Douglas firs.
Day 5-6: Our first stage sweeps from East Glacier to West Glacier, with a shuttle to Whitefish. Our ride parallels the southern border of Glacier, threaded through a stunning canyon carved by the Flathead Wild and Scenic River. Broken by multiple picnic stops, our route courses through the rolling ancestral lands of the Blackfeet tribe. We close just as we opened: with a shuttle back to equally welcoming, if well-adorned Whitefish. Overnight: Grouse Mountain Lodge, downtown Whitefish. Think elegant meals meets come-as-you-are high country pub amidst a modern ski chalet setting. Loosening the legs we indulge in a short, vigorous spin along Whitefish Lake. Next, swapping pedals for paddles, we throttle back to a full immersion in the Flathead River, emerald waters churning beneath dense, riverside forests. Our Crown of the Continent tour wraps in fluid fashion, rafting the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
288 Lake McDonald Lodge Loop Road
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, MT 59921
Built in 1913, this historic lodge has a picturesque location on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake McDonald with 82 guest rooms. This location presents visitors with Russell’s Fireside Dining Room, Jammer Joe’s Grill and Pizzeria, Lucke’s Lounge, Creekside Reading Room, Red Bus tours, boat cruises, horseback rides, evening ranger programs and numerous other activities. All guest rooms at Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping in the era in which all the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities but recent renovations have added some king and queen beds along with upscaling a number of rooms and cabins.
“Located on Lake McDonald with easy beach access this gorgeous historical lodge is great whether you are staying or just dropping by! With huge rocking chairs on the back deck & a great ramp allowing stroller & wheelchair access this is a gorgeous beach to visit & dip your feet into the cool water & view the beautiful colored rocks Lake McDonald is known for!”
3 Going-To-The-Sun Rd.
Saint Mary, MT 59417-8202
At St. Mary, the Great Plains of Montana stretch to the east and the mountains of Glacier National Park scrape the sky to the west – this is one of the most dramatic backdrops of all Glacier National Park hotels. The perfect hub for activities, all types of travelers will enjoy the lodge’s prime location on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. With 127 guest rooms spread among seven facilities and a number of dining and shopping outlets, St. Mary offers something for everyone.
“This was my first time in St. Mary’s and my second time in Glacier. I loved this lodge and felt it was perfect for the environment. St. Mary’s was not crowded or too kitschy like a lot of other national park tourist towns. It was smaller and more minimalist with few restaurants and a surplus of free roaming cows. The room was clean, the staff was kind and the food at the lounge was great. I look forward to returning in the near future.”
East Glacier Park, MT 59434
Situated at the southeast corner of Glacier National Park, Glacier Park Lodge was the first hotel built by the Great Northern Railway. It’s been the first stop on visitors’ Glacier vacations for decades. Inside the 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 breath fresh Montana mountain air. Glacier Park Lodge is the perfect place to unplug and immerse yourself in Glacier National Park.
“A beautiful, historic hotel and very well maintained. The food in the lounge and in the lodge restaurant was very well prepared. Personnel in and around the Glacier Park Lodge were all pleasant, helpful and professional. While the hotel is old, and the rooms are a small, it is very historical and we thoroughly enjoyed walking around the lodge and the lodge grounds looking at all the displays. Breakfast was very nice. It was well prepared, served hot and plentiful. There was also a breakfast buffet, if you did not want to order off the menu. Prices are a bit high, but not outrageous. Our server, Nick, was very personable and filled with bits of lodge knowledge which he shared. He was pleasant, efficient and professional while taking care of us and our breakfast.”
2 Fairway Dr
Whitefish, MT 59937
Just eight miles from Whitefish Mountain Resort and seconds from downtown Whitefish, Grouse Mountain Lodge is your perfect basecamp for exploring Glacier National Park and the surrounding area. With endless activities, spectacular scenery and comfortable lodging, Whitefish is the perfect summer destination. Savor a quiet evening with an elegant meal and a glass of wine or embrace the come-as-you-are atmosphere of the town’s bars, breweries and nightclubs. Located off the lobby, Logan’s Bar & Grill is the perfect place to unwind after a full day of winter adventures. Nothing beats cozying up by the fire with a refreshing local brew.
“This is a beautiful lodge, overlooking the golf course and winter Nordic ski track. Our room was gorgeous–lofted ceilings, crafted furniture, and lovely robes. The restaurant and bar ambience was terrific, and the food and drinks were good. The staff was very friendly, and they happily accommodated our dog. Will definitely return!!!”
While every Escape Adventure trip is designed to appeal to active adventure seekers, and in many cases, particular skill levels, there is always a different idea of what that exactly means. That is why we have designed the chart below to help make sure you join the proper tour. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companions’ may differ as well. We present a range of mileage options on each tour as well as provide support vehicles as much as possible. That way you can take a break and do as little or as much as you would like each day.
|Miles||Feet Gain||Miles||Feet Gain||Miles||Feet Gain|
|Day 1||Road Biking||Easy: 15 Miles||766 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 24 Miles||1484 Ft. Gain|
|Day 2||Road Biking||Easy: 18.8 Miles||661 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 23 Miles||2638 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 40 Miles||5445 Ft. Gain|
|Day 3||Road Biking||Easy: 19 Miles||717 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 39 Miles||1882 Ft. Gain|
|Hiking||Easy: 2 Hours + Miles||Ft. Gain|
|Day 4||Road Biking||Easy: 12.8 Miles||1144 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 32 Miles||3364 Ft. Gain|
|Day 5||Road Biking||Easy: 16 Miles||1669 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 36 Miles||2743 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 56 Miles||4030 Ft. Gain|
|Day 6||Road Biking||Easy: 20 Miles||993 Ft. Gain|
|Rafting||Easy: 4 Hours Miles||Ft. Gain|
Find out more about Choosing a Tour.
All internal land expenses and services are covered in the cost of your tour. This means from the time we pick you up at our meeting point, until we drop you back off to head home, all transportation, food preparation, meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, group supplies and community gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc.) are included. Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations (lodging) are also included, along with at least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s). Trip price does not include airfare, lodging prior to trip start or bicycle rental and/or camping gear (if on a camping tour) unless otherwise noted on itinerary or website.
When you join an Escape Adventures tour in 2019, you will receive a FREE custom sublimated Limited Edition Jersey!
Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle free on tour. On every road bike tour, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our bikes meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped with carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.
All of our road bike trips include a Garmin GPS device to help you navigate through each day safely and smoothly. You’ll know how far, fast, and high you’ve ridden on the flats or climbs or on your way through each day. Includes navigation with turn prompts that will even show you how to get back to start. Simply turn it on and start riding. No paper maps needed!
When you are on the road in the daytime, it is important to us to make sure you are seen from all directions. We offer the best daytime lighting by our partner NiteRider. Each road bike is equipped with a LUMINA MICRO 650 AND SABRE 80 COMBO with a Lumen Output: 650 and Run Time: 1:30 – 20:00 hrs.
Specialized has perfected the road bike. Ride confidently and comfortably for longer distances on any of our trips around the world. All of our bikes are equipped with the latest components and our 2019 models include disc brakes.
Specialized hybrid bikes are the most comfortable bikes available. Our most popular bike for multi-sport and moderate road bike tours is the proven Sirrus. This bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. This bike sits upright, is equipped with a very comfortable seat, and the gearing has a wide range of speeds.
For those of you who have always wanted to join a bike tour but feared your fitness would hold you or the group back, fear no more. Our incredible e-bike option allows you to do more, go twice as fast and far. The all new Specialized Turbo has one goal and one goal only—to inspire you to get out, get moving, and to have some fun along the way. E-bike available on most casual and luxury inn trips for an additional price.
For over 25 years, the hallmark of an Escape Adventures tour is personalized, hands-on service. Before, during, and after each trip. We are a company of honesty and integrity and we stand behind our product 100%. From the moment you learn of our trips, to the time you return home and start planning your next trip, we are here to bring you the best possible experience. From our Guaranteed Trip Departure Confirmation Policy, making sure your trip is never cancelled*, to our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, backing the unrivaled consistent quality of all our tours, our commitment to you is never compromised. * Scheduled Domestic trips only.
Our environmental commitment is second to none. We run our tours the same way we run our company, with an eye on the triple bottom line: People, Profit & Planet. At Escape Adventures, we elected to pursue a more comprehensive approach to actually reduce our carbon footprint, rather than just offset it. We overhauled our entire operation — from our vehicles, to our buildings, to our procedures — to become an outdoor industry leader in the charge to help our people and our planet.
Leading tours naturally followed from our passion of exploring our favorite places with our friends. Our support staff includes our reservation team who is there to answer your questions about the tours, our service team who prepares your bike and gear for the tour, and our guide team – the ones who take you into the great outdoors. The highest level of responsibility, good nature, integrity, and dedication are standard traits of all those who work at Escape Adventures. We our proud of it and we think you should know it.
Having custom-made vehicles allows us to take you to places few other outfitters can, or will go. Every Escape Adventures tour is accompanied by at least one support vehicle, trailer, and in some cases a second and third transfer van. After purchase, we custom engineer our trucks, vans, and trailers by our on-staff mechanic to meet the unique needs of different tours. For example, certain vehicles are specifically designed for the Canyonlands region of Utah, while others are designed for The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Each of our Trip Leaders is required to be trained in safe vehicle operation, 4X4 driving, and basic maintenance. Our experienced Trip Leaders make it look easy, transporting you and up to 12 guests, along with their bikes, fresh food, gear and plenty of drinking water to any location.
Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle-free on tour. By choosing to rent a bike from us, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our rentals meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.
Our food isn’t just good, it’s good for you.
Food represents a big part of the Escape Adventures experience. On our inn tours most dinners and breakfasts unfold at local favorite restaurants. We also have energy snacks aboard our support vehicles. Don’t be surprised if your guides purchase fresh fruits and healthy snacks throughout the day while you’re enjoying a ride. They may just show up on the trail with a local treat! An increasing number of our guests are vegans or vegetarians, whom we not only accommodate but also pleasantly surprise. Should you possess special diet requirements and/or limitations, just let us know at sign-up. We’ll work with you to meet those critical needs.
The idea of taking your friends or family somewhere cool and amazing is actually pretty easy. Tell us what you’re thinking. We’ll make it happen.
Any trip in this catalog, any specific time frame, any group size, we can custom-fit if not comfortably accommodate. A Custom and Private Escape Adventures trip affords the ultimate bonding, or team-building experience for:
To shape a Custom or Private Trip, we begin a dialogue: first, to develop a group specific itinerary, tailored to respective abilities and preferred tempo. Next we schedule, bookmarking and working in your optimum or ideal getaway dates. Size-wise, we can build a multi-day trip for as few as two people, scaled up to as many as 30 plus. Contact us today to start the custom trip building process.
All Private Escape Adventures Trips are priced in the structured method below. Some Custom tours are priced differently if they vary from the Classic Escape Adventures itinerary and price. In this situation we will provide your group with a custom itinerary and price.
* Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details.
Since 1992, we at Escape Adventures have been blessed to shape and lead adventure travel vacations through some of the most awe-inspiring natural destinations in the world. Each successive season, our passion for adventure grows through memorable moments with our guests. Fresh air, faith, fitness and friends are the building blocks for our ventures, the treasured experiences that keep us moving forward. For those of you who have trekked and traveled with us over the past quarter century, Heather and I express our sincerest gratitude. The memories are priceless.
For those who have yet to tour with us, we appreciate the opportunity to introduce you to our family-run company and guiding principles of sustainability and adventure. Our portfolio specializes in Western North America and is rapidly growing internationally. Building on over 100 destinations, we cater to the full spectrum of active traveler, respective to fitness level and activity type. From road cyclist to mountain biker to electric biker, hiker, and multi-sport enthusiast, and from first-timer to friends and family groups of all ability levels, on behalf of our Escape Adventures family, we look forward to many new and exciting adventures with you.
With much gratitude, and happy trails,
Jared and Heather Fisher
Founders and Owner-Operators