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Snow Train - Chicago to Seattle

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Travel the pioneer trails northwest to Seattle on this 5-day winter escape to Seattle.

This tour is no longer on sale as an independent tour.

2021 Tour code: TU-SNCW-21


Day 1 - Chicago's Winter Wonderland

Your winter escape begins with a day at your leisure in Chicago. All of the city's attractions are decorated for the winter holidays. Admire the sparkling lights along Michigan Avenue. Browse the shop windows on State Street themed for the winter season. Participate in winter activities at Navy Pier. Take in panoramic views from the top of Willis Tower. Overnight Chicago.

Day 2 - Depart Chicago aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder

Arrive at historic Union Station for your mid-afternoon departure aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder. Once onboard this legendary train, settle into your seat or private sleeper and prepare for the 2,206 mile journey through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. As the train makes its way toward Minnesota, bustling cities give way to the rolling prairies of the northwest. This evening, enjoy a hot meal in the Dining Car and settle in for your first evening aboard the train. Overnight train.

  • Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 - Empire Builder en Route to Seattle

As you awake this morning, the train makes its way through the snow-covered prairies of North Dakota. Keep your cameras handy today as you'll be passing through unspoiled natural beauty ripe with winter wildlife including bison, foxes, and white-tailed deer. As the train continues to move westward, the landscape gives way to rolling hills, deep canyons, and snow-capped mountains. The Sightseer Lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, is the best place to enjoy these winter scenes. Overnight train. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 4 - Arrive in Seattle, "The Emerald City"

The Empire Builder is slated for arrival in Seattle, Washington, mid-morning. Transfer on your own from the rail station to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your leisure. During the winter holidays, be sure to visit Winterfest at Seattle Center. Seek out the brightly lit flotilla of ships during the Argosy Christmas Ships Festival. Browse the shops and stalls at Pike Place Market, stop at one of the weekend farmers markets that run through December throughout the city, visit historic Pioneer Square, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from atop the Space Needle. Seattle is well-known for its thriving music and theatre scenes, vibrant art galleries, and unique museums. Overnight Seattle. 

  • Breakfast (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 5 - Seattle

Your winter train escape comes to a close today. Transfer on your own to the airport or rail station for your return trip home,- or, extend your stay in Seattle to fully experience everything the city has to offer.