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Glacier National Park Montana USA
To signify a long-standing, mutually beneficial friendship, in 1932 Canada and the United States created the world’s first International Peace Park by combining Canada’s Waterton Park with Montana’s Glacier National Park.
Book a tour with Caravan to see the Canadian Rockies and your vacation includes a guided tour of Glacier National Park in northern Montana.
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Glacier National Park Landscape
The formation of Glacier National Park began 170 million years ago when the landscape began forcing its way eastward due to the shifting of the Tectonic Plates. The sedimentary rocks found here contain exceptional illustrations of numerous prehistoric fossils.
Established as a park in 1910, Glacier National Park is the headwater for many of the river systems that flow into Canada’s Hudson’s Bay, as well as into the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean. This area is often referred to as the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Glacier National Park has over a million acres, plus 130 lakes, and thousands of unique species of plants. For many tourists, the exceptional alpine surroundings are a major highlight of Glacier National Park.
The many wildflower carpets uniquely contrast the old-growth cedar, lichen-covered boulders, and primordial forests. These alpine pastures are full of glacier lilies that can be seen pushing up through the snow in spring.
Glacier National Park Red Jammers
The buses used in Glacier National Park are called Red Jammers and they have become a fixture in Glacier National Park since the 1930s. Red Jammers are the ultimate way to engage the almost vertical scenery of this national treasure.
The roll-back roofs of this fleet of tour vehicles provide visitors expansive views of the stunning mountain scenery.
The Red Jammers were so named for their color, and because the bus drivers had to double-clutch and jam the gears of their (formerly) unsynchronized transmissions into place. In 2000, all the buses were refitted by Ford and thankfully now have automatic transmissions.
See also, our blog post entitled, Things to Do in Glacier National Park.
Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park
Completed in 1932, Going-to-the-Sun Road crosses the Continental Divide. The historic Logan Pass reaches an elevation of over 6,000 feet. The road has been recorded as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, and a National Historic Place in the US.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road route parallels St. Mary’s Lake and offers some spectacular scenery while bordering the Blackfeet Reservation. Tribal members of the Blackfeet, Kootenai, and Salish take part in the Native American Speaks programs that feature local drummers, performing artists, and indigenous dancers.
Going-to-the-Sun Road also passes what is known as the Garden Wall, which is blanketed by at least a dozen species of flowering plants and shrubs.
Logan Pass in Glacier National Park
Often considered a jewel in the crown of Glacier National Park, Logan Pass is thick with craggy mountain peaks. Tourists commonly witness a variety of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots, and small mammals like pikas, as well as countless meadows replete with wildflowers.
En route to Many Glacier, you pass St. Mary’s Lake and travel through the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Abundant with wildlife, active glaciers, and colossal mountains, this landscape unfolds to Swiftcurrent Lake, with crystal clear alpine waters reflecting the looming mountain peaks covered in snow.
Don’t forget to bring memory cards, film, and a variety of lenses for your camera. Glacier National Park has a photo opportunity at practically every minute of your trip, and you will want to capture it all.
About Caravan Tours
Caravan Tours began as a family-run Tour Company back in 1952. Celebrating our 70th year in 2022, we are now a second-generation tour company based out of Chicago Illinois that offers affordable fully guided tours throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama.
As part of our Canadian Rockies tour, Caravan will also take you on a tour of the very accessible Athabasca Glacier, which is part of Alberta Canada’s Columbia Icefield.
To Book a Caravan Tour, or if you have any questions about our Caravan Canadian Rockies tour that also includes guided tours of Glacier Park, Waterton Park, Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper, please call us.
Call Toll-Free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826)
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).