Glacier National Park & Chicago
"The Crown of the Continent" awaits you on this 7-day rail adventure to Glacier National Park.
"The Crown of the Continent" awaits you on this 7-day rail adventure to Glacier National Park. This well-planned round-trip itinerary from Chicago includes travel aboard Amtrak's famed Empire Builder, accommodations in historic lodges and visits to breathtaking natural attractions within Glacier National Park, often referred to as the "Switzerland of North America."
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.
Vacations By Rail can provide connecting rail from your nearest Amtrak Station
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation aboard Amtrak
- Hotel accommodations for 4 nights
- Meals onboard train when including train sleeping accommodations
- Glacier National Park
- Round-trip transfers from Glacier Park Lodge to Many Glacier Lodge
- Swiftcurrent Lake boat cruise
- Crown of the Continent tour
- Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard Red Jammer buses
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder, settle into your seat and prepare for the iconic train's 2:15 pm departure. Chat with fellow travelers, read, or listen to music as you travel along the grasslands and prairies of the northern Midwest states. Premium passengers may wish to participate in the complimentary wine and cheese tasting in the Lounge Car. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - Arrive East Glacier Park, Montana
Admire the passing scenery from the Sightseer Lounge car or learn about the North Dakota and Montana parks from volunteer rangers who will be sharing stories and artifacts from the area as part of the Trails and Rails program. You will arrive in East Glacier Park at 6:45 pm. Spanning more than 1.2 million acres of lakes and waterfalls, dramatic peaks and breathtaking ice-carved glaciers, Glacier National Park is yours to explore for the next four days. Your first overnight will be at Glacier Park Lodge, where you will experience the western charm of this historic lodge. Modeled after a Swiss chalet, the heated outdoor swimming pool and nine-hole golf course make for a spectacular retreat. Overnight Glacier. (B, L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 -Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Today transfer to the Many Glacier Hotel, located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake in the heart of Glacier National Park. This national landmark was built by the Great Northern Railroad in 1915 to create the "American Alps." A highlight of your day will be a scenic 1 ½-hour boat ride on Swiftcurrent Lake. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to drink in the natural beauty and grandeur of the Park. Overnight Glacier.
Day 4 - Going-to-the-Sun Road
Travel through Glacier National Park just as they did in the 1930's: aboard a vintage red open-air bus! Your full-day "Crown of the Continent" tour follows the stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road to the top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, where you will be dazzled by awe-inspiring views. Overnight Glacier.
Day 5 - Transfer to Glacier Park Lodge
Take time today to explore Glacier National Park's lush forests, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes. Keep an eye out for amazing wildlife including bighorn sheep, wolves and black bears. Overnight Glacier.
Day 6 - Depart for Chicago
This morning make your way to the train station to board the 9:54 am Empire Builder train bound for Chicago. Enjoy the panoramic vistas passing before you from the train's Sightseer Lounge, admiring the prairies and grasslands of North Dakota and Minnesota. Overnight train. (L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 7 - Arrival in the "Windy City"
The train rolls through Minnesota and Wisconsin and into the bustling city of Chicago for a 3:55 pm arrival at Union Station, where your Glacier Park rail vacation comes to a close. You may wish to extend your vacation with a stay in the cosmopolitan City by the Lake. (B, L Sleeping Car passengers only)
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Glacier Park Lodge and Many Glacier Hotel.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Click here to view testimonials for Glacier National Park & Chicago.
Our first but not our last Vacation by Rail! Everything was arranged and accurate! Thank you for making a memorable trip so easy! Mentioned your name many times!
Having never been to Glacier National Park, having Vacations by rail do all the planning was a lifesaver. Everything from the lodge reservations to the planned outings were all ready and waiting when we got there. People thought it might have been a little pricey, however if you had to plan all the itinerary out yourself, I don't know if that is the case. Planning for the lodges alone is challenging based on seasonal availability and train arrivals. Our agent did a great job of working out our trip and it was one of the best vacations we've ever had.
The train was quite jerky and turbulent. More than I expected. The meals and/or Lounge food was very pricey. Other than that, I had one of the best vacations ever at Glacier National Park.
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015||$1699||
|Departs Daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015||$2158||
|Departs Daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015||$2882||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015 from $1699
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015 from $2158
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015 from $2882
do not include National Parks entrance fee. Prices are are correct at the time of this web page being published; yet, are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
NOTE: 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. Due to very limited availability at Many Glacier Lodge the last two weeks of July and first week of August 2015, hotel substitutions may apply.