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Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - 7 Day Tour
Discover all the natural beauty and scenic wonders of Glacier National Park, "the crown of the continent" in the majestic Pacific Northwest. Travel from Chicago or Seattle aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder and relax in comfort as the glorious scenery passes by.
Your Glacier National Park 7-day adventure includes two nights onboard Amtrak's Empire Builder as well as two nights each in Glacier Park Lodge and Many Glacier Lodge. This well-planned itinerary lets you enjoy the best of Glacier National Park with tour highlights including the Swift Current Lake Boat Cruise and "Crown of the Continent Tour." Consider upgrading to a roomette or bedroom, which includes meals aboard the train.
This vacation can be booked online for departures from the following Amtrak stations: Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis. For other departure cities, please select the Chicago location, and a rail specialist will contact you within 48 hours with a package customized with a departure from your most convenient Amtrak station.
- One way transportation aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle (Sleeping Accommodations Available)
- Hotel accommodations for 4 nights
- Swiftcurrent Boat Cruise (available June 19-Sept 13)
- Round-trip transfers from Glacier Park Lodge to Many Glacier Lodge
- Red Bus - Crown of the Continent Tour (available June 21-Sept 23)
- Meals on board the train when including rail sleeping accommodations
Scenic highlights include:
- Mississippi River
- Glacier National Park
- Many Glacier
- Swiftcurrent Lake
- Going-to-the-Sun Road
- Columbia River Gorge
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder for your 2:15 pm departure and follow the route of the explorers as you head towards the magnificent Pacific Northwest. Read, listen to music or chat with your fellow travelers as you gaze at the magnificent scenery. Check out your journey on a map as the train makes it way through Wisconsin, Minnesota and the grasslands of the "Northern Prairie State" of North Dakota. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Arrive East Glacier Park, Montana
Welcome to East Glacier Park, covering more than 1.2 million acres of lakes and waterfalls, dramatic peaks and breathtaking ice-carved glaciers. Your hotel for the night is the Glacier Park Lodge. Modeled after a Swiss Chalet, this historic lodge offers enticing amenities including a heated outdoor swimming pool and nine-hole golf course. Overnight Glacier National Park.
Day 3 - Many Glacier and Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Your adventure continues with your transfer to the Many Glacier Hotel, often referred to as the "Switzerland of North America." The Many Glacier Hotel is situated on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake in the heart of Glacier National Park. This national landmark, built by the Great Northern Railroad in 1915 to create the "American Alps" boasts a true Swiss atmosphere. Enjoy a delightful boat ride on Swiftcurrent Lake showcasing the alpine beauty and grandeur of the park. Overnight Glacier National Park.
Day 4 - Crown of the Continent Tour
Spend another day in Glacier National Park by taking a breathtaking "Crown of the Continent Tour." The historic red buses of Glacier National Park, called Jammers, will take you around the park just as they did in the 1930's. Journey across one of the most stunning roads in North America. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is unsurpassed in alpine splendor and you will enjoy several picture-perfect stops along the way. Overnight Glacier National Park.
Day 5 - Glacier National Park at Leisure
Today, experience pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes and discover why Glacier National Park is considered the birthplace of mountaineering in North America. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife but elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly and black bears roam its wild vastness and are often seen by visitors. Spend another night at Glacier Park Lodge. Overnight Glacier National Park.
Day 6 - Transfer to the Amtrak Station
Board your Amtrak train in the evening bound for Seattle and relax as you watch the Cascade Mountains come into view. Snow-capped volcanoes and forested mountains dot the landscape as you reach your destination. Overnight train.
Day 7 - Arrive in Seattle - "World Capital" of Coffee and Computers
When you see Mount Rainier and the Space Needle looming in the distance, you'll know you've arrived in Seattle. Visit the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, a combination shopping mecca and farmer's market, Chinatown, and the Experience Music Project. Sip a cup of java at any one of the hundreds of coffee shops throughout the city and reflect on your amazing Alpine adventure.
- 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 Glacier Park Lodge and Many Glacier Hotel. 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.
Prices do not include National Parks Entrance Fee
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Empire Builder with Glacier National Park vacation.
Connecting rail from your city is availale upon request. This vacation can be booked online for departures from the following Amtrak stations: Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis. For other departure cities, please select the Chicago location, and a rail specialist will contact you within 48 hours with a package customized with a departure from your most convenient Amtrak station.
NOTE: *Arrival and Departure times are subject to change without notice. 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.