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Glacier National Park Escape - Chicago to Seattle

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5 days From $1,339 per person
5.0 stars(9 reviews)

Experience the beauty of the northwestern United States first hand on this 5-day journey to Glacier National Park.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: RM-GPEW-24

About the tour

Your adventure starts in Chicago or Seattle when you board Amtrak's Empire Builder headed for Glacier. Read a book, talk with fellow travelers or enjoy a drink in the bar car as you speed towards your vacation destination.

During your Glacier Park stay be sure to take advantage of all the sights and activities available. Exploring the wilderness that makes Glacier so famous is a must. This spectacular getaway also offers travelers the opportunity for a round of golf or a swim in your hotel's heated pool. The return home will also be enjoyed on Amtrak's Empire Builder, where you can sit back and recall fond memories of your Glacier National Park vacation.

This itinerary is also available from Seattle to Chicago, based on your travel preference.


What’s included


Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the Empire Builder

Board the Empire Builder and head west on the journey that takes you through impressive, eye-popping scenery of the majestic North and Pacific Northwest of the United States. Relax as the train makes its way through the Wisconsin Dells and St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota tonight. Overnight train.

Day 2 - East Glacier Park, Montana

When you awake this morning, the train is traveling through the grasslands of the "Northern Prairie State" of North Dakota. This evening the Empire Builder arrives at the stunningly beautiful ice-carved terrain of serrated ridges, jutting peaks, dramatic hanging valleys, 50 glaciers, more than 200 lakes, waterfalls and thick forests that cover 1.2-million acres of protected land. Overnight at the Glacier Park Lodge with a heated outdoor swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, and close proximity to Glacier National Park, Glacier Park Lodge is a wonderful Montana destination resort. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.

Day 3 - Big Sky Circle Tour

The most inclusive tour of Glacier National Park starts with a morning drive over Marias Pass, with wildlife viewing at Goat Lick and a stop at the historic Izaak Walton Inn. Tour the grand cedar & hemlock forests on your way to an optional lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge. After lunch, ascend to the high alpine of Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass and down the St. Mary Valley. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.

*Subject to change based on seasonal road closures

Day 4 - Transfer to the Amtrak Station

Board Amtrak's Empire Builder train bound for Seattle this evening. Relax as you watch the Cascade Mountains come into view. Snow-capped volcanoes and forested mountains dot the landscape as you reach your destination. Overnight train.

Day 5 - Seattle

The Empire Builder arrives in Seattle at 10:20 am where your Northwest rail vacation comes to an end.

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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5 stars

Submitted 17 Sep 2021

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5 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2019

Vacations By Rail was excellent in all areas of our trip, from planning, customizing it, and reservations. This is the second time we have used them and they are great.

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5 stars

Submitted 30 Sep 2019

This was a fun trip. Glacier Lodge and Park were fabulous. The train part of the trip showed a lot of the countryside through a big window. Though the rooms were quite small, we were able to sleep. The food was good, and we met a lot of nice people in the dining car.

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5 stars

Submitted 26 Aug 2019

Everything was wonderfully handled and the total experience was smooth and wonderful

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Loretta J, Midland, MI

5 stars

Submitted 27 Oct 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the train trip. We would do it again

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5 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2018

Amtrak was fantastic. The hotel was as spectacular. The tour was less than expected.

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