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Glacier National Park & Chicago

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7 days From $1,952 per person
4.4 stars(34 reviews)
Heritage Tour

"The Crown of the Continent" awaits you on this 7-day rail adventure to Glacier National Park.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: RM-GPCR-24

About the tour

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."


What’s included


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.

  • Dinner (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 Park Lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 - St. Mary Hotel & Lake 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 Lake showcasing the alpine beauty and grandeur of the park. Overnight St. Mary Lodge.

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 St. Mary Lodge.

*Subject to change based on seasonal road closures

Day 5 - Return 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 Park Lodge.

Day 6 - Depart for Chicago

This morning make your way to the train station to board the 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.

  • Lunch, Dinner (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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch (Sleeping Car passengers only)

Additional 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  Southwest Chief enjoy meals in the train's Dining car. New contemporary and fresh dining choices replace traditional dining car service on the  Capitol 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. 

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.

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.


Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

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St. Mary's Lodge, St. Mary

St. Mary's Lodge, St. Mary

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 34 reviews

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Rosemary Hermanson

4 stars

Submitted 09 Sep 2023

We were pleasantly surprised by the rail trip: Food was excellent, sleeping in a Roomette (although a challenge) was quite nice. The rooms at both Lodges were wonderful, as were the two tours included in the itinerary (boat trip on St. Mary Lake, and Run to the Sun). Both narrators on the tours were great especially Jammie Rick. Our first car attendant, Robin was excellent, paying several visits to assure all was OK. The second, Isaac, was not as solicitous. He seemed adequate in his duties, just not as friendly. We both said we would do this type of trip again.

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1 stars

Submitted 05 Sep 2023

Don't book with this company. They screwed up our reservations at both lodges at which we stayed. We would have saved a lot of time and money by making arrangements ourselves.

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4 stars

Submitted 21 Aug 2023

The trip was great except it is hard to sleep on the train.

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5 stars

Submitted 15 Aug 2023

It was stunning. We had a great time. We met really nice people on the train. It was our first vacation in a train. Our itinerary lined up beautifully.

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4 stars

Submitted 09 Aug 2023

We had several unexpected difficulties, including a freight train derailment that caused significant delays. Despite this, we had an overall good experience, mostly due to the excellent staff. Both the car attendants and the dining room staff were great. The cars could use better maintenance.

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4 stars

Submitted 07 Aug 2023

Organized very well. Train travel is comfortable, but can be unpredictable.

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