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America Coast to Coast with Glacier National Park

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From the Emerald City to New York City, this 14-day rail vacation shows off the best of the Northern US.

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2022 Tour code: TU-AGPE-22

About the tour

Beginning on the shores of Puget Sound, explore the beautiful city of Seattle at leisure, with ample time to visit signature sights such as Pikes Place Market and the Seattle Space Needle. After your stay in the Emerald City travel by Amtrak's Empire Builder east to your next destination, Glacier National Park. Arrive in Glacier National Park for a 4-night stay, where you will have the opportunity to discover the utter natural beauty that encompasses this park. After fully exploring Glacier, continue your travels by train across the Northern Prairies to Chicago. The Windy City is yours for the taking during your two-night city stay. Popular highlights include the city's noted museums, such as the Field Museum and Art Institute, or indulging in shopping along the Magnificent Mile. Your travels continue aboard Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited as you skirt the Great Lakes on your overnight adventure to the Big Apple, where you will have a few days to take in the sights such as Times Square, Carnegie Hall and the Empire State Building, before your great train adventure comes to an end.

This vacation is available for travel from New York City to Seattle based on your travel preference.


What’s included


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 yesterday's sightseeing excursion throughout the city. Plan to arrive at Seattle's King Street Station mid-afternoon to prepare for your 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.

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 Park Lodge.

Day 5 - St. Mary's Lake Boat Cruise

Your adventure continues as you arrive at the St. Mary Hotel, situated at the eastern entrance to the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Enjoy a delightful boat ride on St. Mary's Lake showcasing the alpine beauty and grandeur of the park. Overnight St. Mary Lodge.

Day 6 - 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 St. Mary Lodge. 

*Subject to change based on seasonal road closures

Day 7 - Return to Glacier Park Lodge

Spend the morning relaxing or further exploring St. Mary Village. Transfer back to Glacier Park Lodge at your leisure. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.

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.

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.

Day 10 - Chicago Sightseeing

Spend the day discovering the Windy City's popular sights on a hop on/hop off 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 "city that never sleeps" this evening. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel. Overnight New York City.

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.

Additional information

Please note

Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions.  Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.

Pricing Plans

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. Sleeping car passengers aboard the Empire Builder enjoy meals in the train's Dining car. New contemporary and fresh dining choices replace traditional dining car service on the Lake Shore Limited. Sleeping car passengers may elect to have a chilled prepared meal selection delivered to your Roomette or Bedroom or enjoy meals in a private cafe or lounge car.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

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Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

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Paramount Hotel, New York

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St. Mary's Lodge, St. Mary

St. Mary's Lodge, St. Mary

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James H, Aiken, SC

4 stars

Submitted 13 Feb 2018

This is our first experience with Vacations by Rail and our positive assessment was enhanced by hearing the experiences of others who were no different itineraries but crossed paths with us at Glacier Park

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Thomas S, Fort Myers, FL

4 stars

Submitted 07 Feb 2018

Glacier National Park is beautiful and the cities were fun

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