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Empire Builder Experience - 5 Day Tour
Just a few generations ago, the route of the Empire Builder was wilderness, roamed by Native Americans and buffalo. Later, fur traders and gold miners visited it. And still later, it was developed by merchants, timber men, farmers and - most dramatically - by railroaders.
Scheduled for scenery, the Empire Builder's historic 2,206 mile journey takes you from Chicago to Seattle through unforgettable, eye-popping scenery of the majestic North and Pacific Northwest of the United States.
- Hop On Hop Off Chicago sightseeing tour
- 2 Nights Train Travel on Amtrak's Empire Builder
- All Meals on board the train (Roomette & Bedroom passengers). View Sample Menu
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- Mississippi River
- Lake Pepin
- Bear Paw Mountains
- Glacier National Park
- Icicle Canyon
- Gateway to Mt. Rainer
- Columbia River Gorge
- Major Portions of the Lewis and Clark Trail
Day 1 - Chicago
Begin the Empire Builder Experience with an independent arrival into Chicago. Check-in to your downtown hotel and spend the day exploring all Chicago has to offer. From Navy Pier and the spectacular lakefront to Magnificent Mile shopping, world-class parks and museums, you will wish you had a few more days. Overnight Chicago.
Day 2 - Empire Builder to Seattle
Arrive at Union Station for your mid-day departure on Amtrak's Empire Builder. For those passengers with sleeping accommodations, check into Amtrak's first-class Metropolitan Lounge for complimentary beverages and snacks, or take a walk through historic Union Station. Once onboard the legendary Empire Builder, settle into your seat and prepare yourself for the 2300 mile journey through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. Enjoy a full-course dinner in the dining car this evening. All meals onboard the train included with your sleeping accommodation. Relax as the train makes its way through the Wisconsin Dells and St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota tonight. Overnight train.
Day 3 - En Route
As you awake this morning, the train makes its way through the grasslands of the "Northern Prairie State" of North Dakota. Wildlife is in abundance in this area, so be sure to have your camera ready! It is not uncommon to spot bison, elk, prairie dogs, foxes, muskrats, white-tailed deer and bald eagles in this region. Delicious meals are available in the Dining Car, or lighter fare is available in the Sightseer Lounge car. As the train continues on through the day, the landscape gives way to rolling hills, canyons, gorges, and rugged mountain terrain. Relax in the Sightseer Lounge this evening. The floor to ceiling glass windows will ensure that you won't miss any of the spectacular scenery as the train rolls through Glacier National Park. Overnight train.
Day 4 - Seattle
The train is scheduled for a mid-morning arrival in Seattle, Washington. Transfer independently from the rail station to your downtown hotel. Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and Pioneer Square are steps from your doorway. Explore the thriving music and theatre scene, vibrant galleries, and one-of-a kind museums or relax with some of the best coffee in the country at one of the hundreds of cafés' and coffee shops! Overnight Seattle.
Day 5 - Conclusion
Today ends your Empire Builder Experience. Independent transfer to the airport or rail station.
- Duration: 46 hours*
- Distance: 2,206-miles
- Amenities: Sightseer Lounge Car, Dining Car, Checked Baggage, Non-Smoking
- Frequency: Daily
- Rails & Trails Program: (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Cooperative program between Amtrak and National Parks Service, providing narratives along the portions of the route.
Hotels include the Palmer House Hilton and the Westin. Amtrak accommodations are in Coach class and include a reclining seat with leg rest and access to the Sightseer Lounge car.
Upgrades to Roomette and Bedroom sleeping accommodations are available for an additional fee and include all meals aboard the train.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Senior discounts and single pricing are available upon request. Contact a rail specialist for details.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Empire Builder Experience vacation.
* Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Empire Builder Trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, tax included. Prices are subject to change, and all reservations are based upon availability at time of booking.