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Glacier National Park Escape - Seattle Roundtrip

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5 days From $1,274 per person
4.3 stars(7 reviews)

Travel roundtrip from Seattle to the Crown of the Continent on this 5-day train escape.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: RM-GPEO-24

About the tour

Depart coastal Seattle for the 100+-year-old Glacier National Park aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder. Highlights of your two-day visit include an excursion along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road and stunning views from Marias and Logan Passes.


What’s included


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 east toward Montana. Chat with fellow travelers, read, or listen to music as the train leaves the glistening waters of Puget Sound in its 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.

  • Dinner (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're scheduled to arrive at 9:54 am. With 50 glaciers, more than 200 lakes, waterfalls, and forests spread across 1.2 million acres, you won't be at a loss for things to see and do for the remainder of the day. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.

  • Breakfast (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 - Big Sky Circle Tour

Today's sightseeing excursion begins with a drive over Marias Pass. Enjoy wildlife viewing at Goat Lick. Visit the historic Izaak Walton Inn and Lake MacDonald Lodge, where you may elect to have lunch. This afternoon, continue along the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass for stunning views before descending into the St. Mary Valley. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.

*Subject to change based on seasonal road closures

Day 4 - Return to 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. Late this afternoon, transfer on your own to the Amtrak station to meet your 6:45 pm Empire Builder train for your return to Seattle. Overnight train.

  • Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 5 - Arrival in Seattle

The peaks of Mt. Rainier signal you are nearing your final destination of Seattle. The Empire Builder arrives at King Street Station at 10:25 am, where your train escape comes to an end. You may wish to extend your stay with a post-night hotel that will provide you with ample time to relax in this unique seaside city.

  • Breakfast (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. 

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

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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 7 reviews

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George Foglesong

5 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2023

People on the train and lodge were great, friendly and very helpful

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4 stars

Submitted 05 Sep 2023

nice trip but too much dead time arrived at 930 am could not get into room till 4 pm. rainy day had to sit in lodge and wait. also same at departure day check out 11am and train did not leave till 8 pm

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4 stars

Submitted 01 Aug 2019

Lodging, food on the train and the Red Bus Tour were great. Views were wonderful from the train. The roomette was a bit challenging since neither of us had taken one before. Just didn�t know exactly what to expect. Overall, loved the trip.

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Larry H, Arlington Heights, IL

4 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

What fun to travel by rail and see the cascade mountains going and coming back at different times of day. Then the Rockies in Montana on the opposite schedule.

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Jonathan M, Highland Village, TX

4 stars

Submitted 07 Aug 2018

Good Service. Big Sky Circle Tour was great

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Diane M, Annapolis, MD

5 stars

Submitted 12 May 2018

While seated in our roomette, the park ranger announcements were a wonderful way to really explore our surroundings. In addition, when we went up to the observation car, the whole trip seemed to slow down as we felt like we were more in touch with all the wondrous countryside, which, for me, is the real goal of a train trip.

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