Great Family Adventures: Classic Journeys' 'Montana's Glacier National Park Family Journey'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Take your kids to see this radiant place before it turns into Puddles National Park. The main attractions here are obviously the glaciers, but a few other things on this six-day itinerary come in close behind: Along with your kids, you’ll hear historical stories from a local Blackfoot tribesman, ride a gondola up Big Mountain, raft the Flathead River, ride a horse on a working ranch, drive the spectacularly scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, picnic by a double waterfall, and cruise Josephine and Avalanche lakes—ponds so turquoise that photo filters don’t do them justice. The planned hikes are easy, and their big-sky views rewarding. Watch for bald eagle, elk, and moose.

OUTFITTER: Classic Journeys, established in 1995, specializes in family vacations, walking adventures, and private tours.

ITINERARY: Whitefish, East Glacier, and Many Glacier, all within Glacier National Park.

DATES: Departures July 4 and 21.

PRICE: $3,195 per person (with discounts for ages 16 and younger), including lodging, guidance, land and water transportation, entrance fees, some gratuities, and most meals.

INFO:, (800) 200-3887.

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