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Seattle to Glacier National Park

Summary

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Winner of a National Geographic Adventures '50 Tours of a Lifetime' Award! From Seattle, Washington to East Glacier National Park, Montana. Spinning through three states and finishing with a one-of-a-kind train ride. Take on the Cascade, Selkirk and even the Rocky Mountain ranges as you spin through this 700-mile, 10-day extravaganza. On arrival in Whitefish, Montana, hop aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder train, with private sleeping cars - and head right on back to Seattle.

Recreational, Road bike
10 days
1129 km / 702 mi
$ 4,715.-
  • Glacier National Park
  • The Cascade, Selkirk and Rocky Mountains.
  • This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Mt Baker-Snoqualmle National Forest and Glacier National Park
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
10 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Challenging
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
120-140 km / 75-87 mi
Total distance
1129 km / 702 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
26 Jun 2023 - 05 Jul 2023
07 Aug 2023 - 16 Aug 2023
Start
Seattle
Finish
Seattle
Airport at start
Seattle-Tacoma Int Airport SEA
Airport at finish
Seattle- Tacoma Int. Airport SEA

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 4,715.-
E-Bike
E-bike Fastroad E+ EX Pro or E-bike THRIVE E+ EX Pro
$ 200.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 1,273.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Ride from downtown Seattle to the "gateway to the American alps"

Start riding near downtown Seattle at Lake Union, just a few minutes from our downtown pick-up location, heading out of the bustling city on the Burke Gilman Trail multi-use path. Beyond the bustle of the city, we veer inland on country roads heading northward to join the Oso Slide Memorial Highway. Snow-capped mountains begin to press in on both sides of the road as we near the tiny town of Marblemount at the base of the Cascade Mountains – otherwise known as the “Gateway to the American Alps.”
Meals L D Distance: 100 miles Elevation: +3871 ft/-3606 ft
Lodging: Buffalo Run inn

Day 2: Ride the "American Alps"through Cascades National Park.

Today’s route features 5,000 feet of climbing and stunning backdrops as we ride through the heart of North Cascades National Park. See why the region has earned the nickname “The American Alps.” It’s a 50-mile gradual climb on the North Cascades Scenic Highway to Washington Pass. Marvel at the magnificent views before enjoying a 25-mile descent into the Methow Valley, home to the wild-west themed town of Winthrop. Stay tonight amidst the charming setting of the Inn at Mazama.
Meals B L D Distance: 75 miles Elevation +5420 ft/-3638 ft
Lodging: Mazama Country Inn

Day 3: Ride through the oldest wildlife area in the state into the heartland of Washington.


Today's route has about half the elevation gain - 2,500 feet - and lands in Omak, nestled just below the Canadian border on the Okanagan River. From Mazama, ride through part of the Okanagan National Forest and skirt the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, a nearly 19,000-acre park that was originally a mule deer preserve. Cedar and fir give way to scattered pine, sagebrush and wide open prairie.
Meals B L D Distance: 60 miles Elevation: +4041 ft/-5185 ft
Lodging: Peppertree Inn Omak

Day 4: Omak, Washington to Colville via historic Kettle Falls

As you head toward the Selkirk Mountains, you leave the prairie behind and pedal back up into stands of ponderosa pine and aspen. Watch for white-tailed deer, moose, and blue grouse! The route winds through the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area and across Lake Roosevelt, formed by the Grand Coulee Dam. Ride through Kettle Falls, a former rendezvous point and fishing grounds for the Yakama, Nez Perce, Flathead and Blackfeet tribes (to name a few), whose seasonal salmon catches would net up to 3,000 fish per day! Spend tonight in Colville, a one-time trading center for the Upper Columbia region.
Meals B L D Distance: 128 miles (or less) Elevation +8041 ft/-7441 ft
Lodging:Comfort Inn Colville

Day 5: Ride from Colville to gorgeous Sand Point, Idaho, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille

Today's ride - all 100+ miles of it - takes you through Colville National Forest to a well-earned 2-night stay on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, the second largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Dinner is on your own tonight in Sandpoint.
Meals B L Distance: 126 miles (or less) Elevation +5169 ft/-4653 ft (or Less)
Lodging: Edgewater Resort

Day 6: Enjoy Sand Point: ride, hike, fly-fish, golf, go rock-climbing…you get the idea.

Stay put in Sandpoint – a fun-loving mountain town hugging the shores of sparkling Lake Pend Oreille and surrounded by the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges, Ride, hike, play golf, go fly-fishing or try some rock-climbing – take your pick. Or, if you can’t stay off the bike and you want a great view, try the 12-mile ride (climb) up to Schweitzer Ski Resort, Idaho’s second largest ski area. Lunch is on your own.
Lodging: Edgewater Resort

Day 7: Cross the Idaho panhandle and visit magnificent Kootenai Falls.

Finish crossing the Idaho panhandle en route to the historic mining and timber town of Libby, Montana. Mountains and rivers and forests abound. Visit Kootenai Falls – a must see! This sacred site to the Kootenai Indians is one of the largest remaining free-flowing falls in the northwest.
Meals B L D Distance: 98 miles (or less) Elevation: +3349 ft/-3332 ft (or less)
Lodging: Montana Country Inn

Day 8: Cycle to Whitefish, Montana, gateway to Glacier National Park.

Pedal 50 miles of shoreline along Lake Koocanusa (can you figure out how it got its name?) in Kootenai National Forest. From Eureka, MT, shuttle the last miles of busy highway to Whitefish – gateway to world famous Glacier National Park!
Meals B L D Distance: 76 miles Elevation: +5484 ft/-5001 ft
Lodging: Grouse Mountain Lodge

Day 9: An epic finale on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Ride up and over the Continental Divide on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and descend to East Glacier. If you haven’t ridden “GTSR”, the signature route through Glacier National Park, you’re in for a treat. From fjord-like Lake McDonald, the road climbs gently. As you get higher and higher, the views unfold: alpine meadows and azure lakes, snow covered peaks skirted by fields of wildflowers and washed by waterfalls, the occasional bighorn sheep or mountain goat. Utterly spectacular. You’ve got a 6:00 pm train to catch, though, so sorry… no dawdling!
Meals B L D Distance: 70 miles Elevation: +7176 ft/-5570 ft
Lodging: Empire Builder Amtrak (Train)

Day 10: Wake up on the train. Watch the scenery spin past as you head back to Seattle. We'll miss you!

Having caught the train on Sunday evening, you'll have spent the evening in the dining car, reminiscing and relaxing, and retire to your private sleeper car. Wake up on Monday morning, have breakfast (still on the train) and arrive in Seattle at about 10:30 am for your return trip home.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included:

Comfortable Lodging
All meals included except one lunch and one dinner.
Road /hybrid bike
Luggage transfer and regional expertise.
Entrance Glacier NP

Not included:

Night before and after the tour.
Flights to and from the tour
Gratuities guides

Note:

Sleeping car is purchased at the time of reservation, so for this tour there is an additional $100 train fee if you transfer or cancel at any time.

Lodging

Buffalo Run Inn
Inn at Mazama
Peppertree Inn Omak,
Comfort Inn colville,
Edgewater Resort,
Montana Country Inn,
Grouse Mountain Lodge
Empire Builder(Amtrak)
The hotels, Inns, and B&Bs we use are always among the finest the area has to offer. Our smaller group sizes(max. 13) allow us to stay at some award-winning places that can’t handle groups of 25 or more. We work closely with the innkeepers to make sure they understand your needs and ours, whether that is having a place to store your bike, an early morning breakfast or a convenient place to park the van, they are as committed to your vacation experience as we are.
Lodging is based upon two people to a room with a private bath. If you’re traveling solo on any of our trips, we’ll assign you a roommate of the same gender and often of the same age bracket. There is no extra charge if we can’t find you a roommate, even if you sign up the day before the trip starts. You can guarantee yourself a private room and bath if you pay the Single Room Fee. Occasionally a room with two beds consists of one bed plus a rollaway bed or sofa bed.

Vaccine or test: A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can’t get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Hybrid / flat Bar Road bike

The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding and weekend adventures.
E-Bike Thrive E+ EX PRO
With THRIVE E+ EX PRO, you get an all-access pass to speed no mater what your fitness level
Designed with Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy, Thrive E+ EX Pro is the first road E-bike built specifically for women. Get up to speed fast with the new SyncDrive Pro motor that provides a natural, yet powerful, E-bike experience. The new motor also features a Smart support mode that automatically adjusts the support level based on your ride. PedalPlus 6-Sensor Technology translates six measurements about your riding and adds the perfect amount of power at just the right time for a fast and fluid ride quality. The EnergyPak Smart 375 battery is so sleek, you’ll have your friends looking twice to know it’s an E-bike.
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