Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are several frequently asked questions regarding the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center and its associated businesses, Geotourism and Montana Travel Planning. We are constantly adding to this list so be sure to check in often or just email us with your questions.

Do we tip the guides that lead the trips offered by Swan Mountain Outfitters Activity Booking Center?

The most important thing for guests to remember is that guiding is a service business, and all guides throughout the world rely on their tips as part of their earnings. That said, they must earn your tip. There have been many published guidelines on the amount to tip, e.g. $50 a day per person for a guide or 10-15% of the trip cost. If you are coming with a group, it is always a good idea to talk with others about how much they plan to tip, so as to avoid embarrassment. If you are participating in a packaged trip (offered by two or more businesses) or staying at one of the recommended lodging choices before or after your trip, separate tips are expected for the guides of each business or activity.

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What are your hours of operation?

The Crown of the Continent Discovery Center is open seven days a week from early May until mid October.

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I am a Tour Coordinator planning a trip to your area for a large group. Can you accommodate us?

With a coffee house, ice cream parlor, gift shop, outdoor gear store, visitor information center and activity booking center all on property, the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center is a one stop shop for your Montana summer vacation. Our large parking lot can easily accommodate bus groups as well as RVs. Additionally, we offer special pricing and packages for large groups. Please call us and a member of our Activity Booking Center staff can help you book a wide variety of things to do in and around Glacier National Park.

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What is Geo-Tourism?

National Geographic Society defines Geotourism as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents

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What is the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center?

In 2008, National Geographic Society joined together with 50 regional conservation, business and tribal organizations, local communities and government agencies to produce the Crown of the Continent Geotourism MapGuide. This unique map, based upon nominated sites, experiences, events and stories submitted by local residents, describes what’s special about this place and what people are doing to keep it that way. The intended audience includes both local residents and visitors who seek to sustain and enhance the distinctive geographic character of this place. Ultimately, however, a map printed on a single piece of paper can only go so far in telling the rich stories of this place. The Crown of the Continent Discovery Center serves as a brick and mortar presence for this project allowing visitors to experience unique elements of the Crown of the Continent region using all five senses rather than just reading about it on the map or website.

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Question Not Answered Here?

The key to having a good time and feeling like you know what you are getting is to be informed.  We have tried to cover the common questions we get, but if we didn’t cover your questions or concerns, please email us or pick up the phone.  We are committed to making sure we meet your needs so please don’t hesitate to ask.