7 Day 6 Night Itinerary
Glacier Half Marathon Tour: Kalispell, MT to Calgary, AB, Canada
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Experience Park Tours, in partnership with Vacation Races, is pleased to present the Glacier Half Marathon, featuring our all-inclusive 7 day, 6 night Rocky Mountain Escape adventure. Discover the majestic beauty of the crowns of the continent, Glacier and Banff National Park. We’ll explore the mountains, glaciers, lakes, and alpine wilderness of these delicately-preserved regions aboard boats, Red Buses, gondolas, Ice Explorers, and of course the Limo Liner. You won’t want to leave your racing shoes behind on this one-of-a kind escape to the Rocky Mountains!
Day 1: Welcome to Glacier National Park
Premier Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping
The Limo Liner will pick you up from the Glacier International Airport by 11am. We’ll continue into Columbia Falls for lunch before entering through West Glacier. Due to the narrow roads and rock overhangs, vehicle regulations prohibit the Limo Liner from entering major areas of the park…
Premium Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping
Glacier Half Marathon Runners
The chef will serve a hearty breakfast on the Limo Liner as you are escorted to the start line. There will be an assortment of pre-race energy gels, bars, and beverages for your convenience. Head to the Vacation Races and Experience Park Tours VIP tent to check-in, warm up and do what you need to prepare. During the race, your guide, chef and driver will be there to cheer you on every step of the way. They’ll meet you at the finish line and escort you to the Limo Liner to rest and begin your recovery. Shaded away from the elements beneath the Limo Liner’s awning, you will find cots to rest on while your guide provides hot and cold towels infused with essential oils. There will be ice tubs, compression sleeves and…
For our first day in Glacier, we’ll rise early to begin our exploration of the west side of the park on a scenic Red Bus Tour. There are a variety of routes to choose from ranging 3 to 8 hours in duration. Depending on your preference and how you wish to explore Glacier National Park, you may spend the entire day aboard the Red Bus, or choose a shorter tour in order to use the extra time to explore the park independently. The choice is yours! Your Experience Park Tours guide will provide trail maps and an overview of the west side of the park to help you navigate regions such as Lake McDonald, Logan Pass, and North Fork – all of which boast breathtaking views of the park. We will meet at the west entrance around 5pm to check in to our accommodations, either at Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glamping.
Today we’ll head into the park to explore the east side of Glacier. Whether that’s aboard a Red Bus, or independently through the free shuttle system with 9 eastbound stops, the day is yours to experience Glacier at your own pace. Maps and overviews of the east side will be provided to help you navigate regions such as Two Medicine, Many Glacier, Goat Haunt and St Mary. The park also provides guided boat tours on Lake McDonald that can be scheduled for any day that we are in the park. We will meet at the west entrance around 5pm to head back to our accommodations.
Premium Lodging: Rimrock Resort and Spa: Banff, AB
Our journey towards Banff will begin after breakfast. We’ll spend the morning on a scenic drive along the Canadian Rockies, viewing lush mountainous landscapes. When we arrive in Banff, take time to explore the shopping districts, pubs, wineries and galleries before we embark on a guided tour of the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Known as the birthplace of all national parks across Canada, we’ll explore the cave and view the beautiful underground hot springs that make this region so unique. Later, we’ll ascend in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin …
Premier Lodging:Rimrock Resort and Spa: Banff, AB
Today we’ll travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes to the Columbia Icefield. Once at the glacier, we’ll board a massive Ice Explorer for an adventure atop this ancient ice block. Learning about the area’s unique ecosystem and its formation, we’ll make our way through Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield. The views of sprawling rocky mountain vistas and local wildlife unfold along the way with photo stops at Athabasca Falls and Stutfield Glacier. We’ll breathe in the fresh mountain air at several scenic viewpoints such as Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier, Crowfoot Glacier, and Peyto Lake before returning to our accommodations at Rimrock Resort and Spa.
The morning is yours to enjoy the shopping district and local culture of Banff or explore the surrounding hiking trails to the Vermillion Lakes. After lunch we will make our way towards Calgary with stops along the way for hiking and photographing the Canadian Rockies. Once in Calgary, we’ll stop for a farewell dinner to wrap up our adventure. The Limo Liner will escort you to the airport if you are departing on this day. If you have booked post-trip accommodations, we recommend visiting the Calgary Stampede before you go.
To the Glacier Half Marathon racers: Your Flex Pass will be loaded with $100 to put towards any spa service of your choosing to further your post-race recovery. We hope you enjoy traveling with us. Thank you for choosing Experience Park Tours.
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