Glacier National Park & Seattle
The Emerald City and the Crown of the Continent are highlights of this spectacular Glacier National Park rail vacation.
Book a pre- or post-night hotel in conjunction with any USA or Canada train vacation or rail-cruise package from the Vacations By Rail 2015 brochure, and receive a free city sightseeing tour!
Book by December 31, 2014 to take advantage of this special offer on 2015 travel!
The Emerald City and the Crown of the Continent are highlights of this spectacular Glacier National Park rail vacation. Your 7-day round-trip itinerary from Seattle includes travel aboard Amtrak's scenic Empire Builder, accommodations in historic lodges and visits to breathtaking natural attractions including the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road on board the Red Jammer buses.
For departure cities other than Seattle, please select the Seattle location and a rail specialist will contact you within 48 hours with a package customized with a departure from your most convenient 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
- Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard Red Jammer Buses
- Swiftcurrent Lake boat cruise
- Crown of the Continent tour
- Round-trip transfers from Glacier Park Lodge to Many Glacier Lodge
Day 1 - Depart Seattle aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder at Seattle's King Street Station and prepare for your 4:40 pm departure. Chat with fellow travelers, read, or listen to music as you travel east, leaving majestic Mount Rainier, the looming Space Needle and the glistening waters of Puget Sound in your wake. Watch the sunset from the Sightseer Lounge or enjoy a presentation about the area through which you're traveling given by volunteer park rangers as part of the Trails and Rails program. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - Arrive East Glacier Park, Montana
When you awake this morning you will be in Montana, nearing your final destination of East Glacier Park. You are slated to arrive at 9:54 am, providing you with nearly a full day to get acquainted with the Park. Your first overnight will be at Glacier Park Lodge, modeled after a Swiss chalet. Immerse yourself in the western charm of this historic lodge during your stay. Take the day to enjoy the Lodge's amenities like its heated outdoor swimming pool or nine-hole golf course, or begin to explore the alpine meadows and lush forests of this beautiful National Park. Overnight Glacier. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 -Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Today transfer to the Many Glacier Hotel, built in 1915 by the Great Northern Railroad on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. A highlight of your day is sure to be a scenic 1 ½-hour boat ride on Swiftcurrent Lake, where you can marvel at the beauty and grandeur of the Park. Overnight Glacier.
Day 4 - Going-to-the-Sun Road
Today's scenic sightseeing takes you along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard a vintage red open-air bus. Your travels take you to the top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, where you'll be awed by the breathtaking views. Overnight Glacier.
Day 5 - Transfer to Glacier Park Lodge
The day is yours to explore Glacier National Park's alpine meadows, sparkling lakes, and rugged mountains. Keep an eye out for some fantastic wildlife including bears and big horn sheep. Overnight Glacier.
Day 6 - Depart for Seattle
Your last day in Glacier National Park is nearly a full one. Take the opportunity to revisit some of your favorite natural attractions or discover new ones along the more than 700 miles of hiking trails that wind through the Park. Make your way to the Amtrak station late this afternoon to meet your 6:45 pm Empire Builder train for your return to Seattle. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 7 - Arrival in the "Emerald City"
The peaks of Mt. Rainier signal you are nearing your final destination of Seattle. The Empire Builder is slated to arrive at 10:25 am. Your Glacier National Park adventure comes to a close here in Seattle. You may wish to extend your stay in Seattle to enjoy this unique seaside city. (B 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!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
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 that features two comfortable seats beside a picture
window during the day, which converts 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.
+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 & Seattle.
Time spent in and around Glacier Park was amazing. Too beautiful to describe. We had a wonderful time… Everything was very well organized on the trip. Shuttles were on time, tours were excellent, hotels were awesome… Overall we had a very nice vacation and saw some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife ever.
The flawless arrangements made by Vacations By Rail ensured a stress-free and very enjoyable vacation for my wife and I. Every little detail was attended to and all we just had to do was show up!. This was an excellent vacation.
This was a wonderful vacation! I particularly enjoyed traveling to and from our destination by AMTRAK. This was our first experience staying overnight in a sleeping car. Our only inconvenience on the train occurred during the return trip. The train was an hour late and the sleeping car we were assigned had faulty air conditioning. However, our attendant moved us within the first couple of hours to a more comfortable car. Our stay at Many Lodge was wonderful! The rustic accommodations and the majestic views were outstanding. Unfortunately, the stay at Glacier Park Lodge was not as desirable. Our train arrived at the lodge around 10:30 AM, but we could not get our rooms until 3:00 PM. We had a two stall restroom and several porch chairs to accommodate our comfort for this 41/2 hour wait. There was a drop and putt golf course and shuffle board available but the staff was less than helpful arranging activities. A swimming pool was also available, but again, there were no private facilities to change to swim wear. The concierge, when at her post, did not seem to have knowledge of local services and activities. Breakfast service was a problem one morning due to a lack of staff to open half of the dining room tables which caused several diners to wait. Still, this vacation ranks very high on our list of travel experiences and I would recommend your travel services to my friends and family.
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015||$1445||
|Departs Daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015||$1746||
|Departs Daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015||$2229||
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– Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015 from $1445
– Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015 from $1746
– Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 18th June 2015 and 11th September 2015 from $2229
Prices 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: 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. 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.