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Glacier National Park & Seattle

4.7 stars(12 reviews)

The Emerald City and the Crown of the Continent are highlights of this spectacular Glacier National Park rail vacation.

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2023 Tour code: RM-GPSR-23

About the tour

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.


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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.

  • 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 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 Park Lodge.

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

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 St. Mary Lodge.

*Subject to change based on seasonal road closures

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 Park Lodge.

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.

  • Dinner (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.

  • Breakfast (Sleeping Car passengers only)

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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. 

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.

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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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 12 reviews

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Kristi B, Salem, OR

5 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

All of the travel arrangements went well - every vendor had our reservation. It didn't hurt that the lodge accommodations were fantastic as well as the weather and scenery!

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Kwaku K, Wexford, PA

5 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

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.

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Robert F, Seattle, WA

4 stars

Submitted 12 Dec 2018

I was pleased to see that everything was already set up for us---all we had to do was show up for all the events and they had us already signed up. The train trip and vacation was beyond our expectations

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Rosemarie G, Lacey, WA

5 stars

Submitted 08 Dec 2018

Enjoyed the experience of sleeping in a roomette. It was quite comfortable. Food was very good and scenery on this particular trip was great.

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Lynda S, Eugene, OR

5 stars

Submitted 09 Sep 2018

My granddaughters and I thoroughly enjoyed our Vacation trip to the Glaciers via The Empire Builder. The Going to the Sun Red Bus tour was FANTASTIC...a highlight of the trip. Both Glacier Lodge and Many Lodge were excellent. My only suggestion would be to give people a little more detail about transportation between events. i.e. Train to Glacier Lodge (was very convenient but didn't know that until I got there) Family Sleeper on the train as excellent; plenty of room for the 3 of us. It was a wonderful Grammie/Granddaughter Vacation (Ages 9 and 12).

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James R, Salem, WI

5 stars

Submitted 26 Apr 2018

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.

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