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America Coast to Coast with Glacier National Park
From the Emerald City to New York City, this 14-day rail vacation shows off the best of the northern U.S. Beginning on the shores of Puget Sound, travel by Amtrak's Empire Builder east. Arrive in Glacier National Park for a 4-night stay before continuing your travels by train across the Northern Prairies to Chicago. The Windy City is yours for the taking during your two-night city stay. Your travels continue aboard Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited as you skirt the Great Lakes on your overnight adventure to the Big Apple, where your great train adventure concludes.
- One-way transportation aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder from Seattle to Glacier National Park and from Glacier National Park to Chicago (two nights on train)
- One-way transportation aboard Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited from Chicago to New York City (one night on train)
- Select meals (meals onboard train when upgrading to a roomette or bedroom)
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- Seattle Hop On/Hop Off pass
- Sightseeing in Glacier National Park including Crown of the Continent tour and Swiftcurrent Lake boat cruise
- Chicago Hop On/Hop Off trolley tour
- Hop On/Hop Off double-decker bus tour in New York City
- Taxes and service charges
Scenic Highlights include:
- Pioneer Square
- Space Needle
- Pike Place Market
- Puget Sound
- Glacier National Park
- Going-to-the-Sun Road
- Millennium Park
- Navy Pier
- John Hancock Observatory
- Magnificent Mile
- Central Park
- Empire State Building
- Rockefeller Center
Day 1 - Arrive in Seattle
Welcome to Seattle! Upon arrival, transfer on your own to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Seattle.
Day 2 - Seattle Sightseeing
Discover the Emerald City at your own pace with a hop on/hop off city tour. Points of interest include the Space Needle, the waterfront, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. Overnight Seattle.
Day 3 - Empire Builder Eastbound
The morning is yours to sleep in, do a little shopping, or revisit some of your favorite sights from yesterdayís sightseeing excursion throughout the city. Plan to arrive at Seattle's King Street Station mid-afternoon to prepare for your 4:40 pm departure aboard Amtrak's iconic Empire Builder train. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your overnight journey to Glacier National Park as the train travels past stunning Puget Sound beginning its scenic journey eastward. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 4 - Arrive East Glacier Park, Montana
The Empire Builder arrives in East Glacier Park this morning. Make your way to the historic Glacier Park Lodge, designed as a Swiss chalet. The day is yours to take advantage of the Lodge's many amenities including a beautiful pool and nine-hole golf course. Or, start to explore this much-loved National Park, marveling at its lush forests and rolling alpine meadows. Overnight Glacier National Park. (B Sleeping Car passengers only).
Day 5 - Crown of the Continent Tour
Explore Glacier National Park aboard a vintage Jammer. Travel over the Going-to-the-Sun Road in these classic red buses, enjoying stunning views from its highest point, Logan Pass. Your excursion takes you through the St. Mary Valley, out to the prairies of Big Sky Country and into the Swiftcurrent Valley. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Glacier National Park.
Day 6 - Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Today's cruise on Swiftcurrent Lake shows off the grandeur of the Crown of the Continent. After a short cruise aboard "Chief Two Guns," take a short walk over the hill to Lake Josephine for a cruise aboard the "Morning Eagle." After this short excursion, spend the day exploring the Park as you like. Overnight Glacier National Park.
Day 7 - Glacier National Park at Leisure
Today transfer back to Glacier Park Lodge with a full day at leisure. You may wish to take an optional excursion, or revisit some of your favorite sights within the confines of this 100+-year-old National Park. Overnight Glacier National Park.
Day 8 - Empire Builder to Chicago
Depart Glacier National Park this morning and board Amtrak's Empire Builder for your journey east to Chicago. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery from the train's Sightseer Lounge. Overnight train. (L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 9 - Arrival in Chicago
Today finds the Empire Builder traveling through Minnesota and crossing the Mississippi River into Wisconsin and finally Illinois. Upon your late afternoon arrival in Chicago's Union Station, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Chicago. (B, L Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 10 - Chicago Sightseeing
Spend the day discovering the Windy City's popular sights on a hop on/hop off trolley tour. Highlights include Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, and the John Hancock Observatory among other top attractions. Take time to shop along the Magnificent Mile, enjoy a theater performance, or savor a delicious meal at one of the city's fine restaurants. Overnight Chicago.
Day 11 - Journey to the Big Apple
You have a full day to explore Chicago. Revisit some of your favorite sights from yesterday's hop on/hop off tour, stroll along the dazzling lakefront, go to the top of the Willis Tower for stunning views of the city and its outlying areas and shop for souvenirs. This evening make your way to Union Station, where you will board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited for the overnight journey to New York City. Overnight train.
Day 12 - Lake Shore Limited to New York City
When you awake this morning you will be nearing Buffalo. Keep an eye out for historic points of interest during today's journey including Bannerman's Castle, West Point Academy and the National Historic Site dedicated to FDR. One of the most stunning aspects of the trip is the 130-mile stretch along the Hudson River. Pass through New York's capitol city, arriving in the"ěcity that never sleeps" this evening. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel. Overnight New York City. (B, L Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 13 - NYC Sightseeing
Spend the day exploring Manhattan's most famous sights on your All Loops double-decker bus tour. Hop on and off at more than 30 different points of interest. Highlights include Central Park, Lincoln Center, Radio City, Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Battery Park and more! Overnight New York City.
Day 14 - Return Home
Your vacation comes to an end this morning. Transfer on your own to the airport or railway station for your return trip home.
|Empire Builder Accommodations
||Lakeshore Limited Accommodations
Hotels include the Warwick Hotel, Glacier Park Lodge, Many Glacier Hotel, Palmer House Hilton, and the Paramount 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.
Senior discounts and single pricing are available upon request. Contact a rail specialist for details.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your America Coast to Coast with Glacier National Park vacation.
* Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on long-distance trains may encounter delays 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. Itinerary is available in reverse from June 15-September 5, 2012.