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Empire Builder

Since the early days of Amtrak, the Empire Builder has been presenting the immense beauty of America's northern states. Travelers are treated to expansive vistas of the Midwestern prairies, views of the Rocky Mountains, glimpses at glaciers, and scenes of stunning cityscapes as the train traverses the heart of the country. In all, the route covers over 2,200 miles and occurs over two days and one night of travel.

Passengers may select from three departure dates per week and enjoy a host of onboard amenities, including access to a double-decker car that features a domed glass Sightseer Lounge on the upper level and a Café Car on the lower level. In the Sightseer Lounge, panoramic windows line the train car, curving up onto the roof for unimpeded views of the passing scenery. The chairs in the Lounge swivel to allow guests to converse with one another or to look outside. Single chairs and groups of up to five are available, as are seats at tables. In the lower-level Café Car, booths sit beside picture windows, offering another perspective on the incredible scenery.

While Amtrak's Empire Builder offers modern amenities and an impressive route that highlights both the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, the course it follows is anything but new. By one line or another, trains have traversed the route between Chicago and the West Coast on these rails since 1929. A journey on the Empire Builder makes it obvious why this expedition has remained popular for nearly 100 years.

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Glacier National Park Montana
4.6 stars(43 reviews)
2022JunJulAug
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Lake Louise
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Glacier National Park
4.4 stars(27 reviews)
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Cathedral Lake at Yosemite National Park
2022JunJulAugSep
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Sunrise at Hubbard Glacier
4.7 stars(6 reviews)
2022JunJulSep
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Empire Builder between Chicago and Seattle
4.6 stars(9 reviews)
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Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage
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Empire Builder to Glacier National Park
4.4 stars(18 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
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Victoria Clipper From Seattle to Victoria
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Field of Wildflowers in Glacier
4.8 stars(23 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
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St Mary Lake In Glacier Park
4.7 stars(12 reviews)
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Our customers love our Empire Builder tours
Glacier National Park & Chicago
10/Oct
Cheryl
5 stars
“Vacations by Rail took care of all the details and we had a wonderful, relaxing time in Glacier National Park.
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Empire Builder Experience - Chicago to Seattle
28/Sep
Melinda C., Greenbrier, AR
5 stars
“We had no idea what to expect and we're happily surprised at the ease and enjoyment of our trip. I haven't had a vacation that relaxing in a long time.
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Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - Chicago to Seattle
18/Sep
Nancy
5 stars
“Vacation by Rail made it very easy to book our trip, and answered all our pre-trip questions quickly. The train staff was polite and helpful, and facilitated boarding and debarking the train. Additionally, the service and qualify of food in the dining car were impressive. We very much enjoyed watching the countryside from our cabin. However, the train tracks themselves have not been well-maintained, making for a rocky riding experience. Sadly, St. Mary's Lodge was experiencing staffing shortages and turmoil, making the dining experience there fairly unenjoyable. The park itself was spectacular. Very glad we made the trip.
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Glacier National Park Escape-Chicago to Seattle
17/Sep
RKCharlton
5 stars
“We enjoyed the experience through Vacations by Rail.
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America's Treasures & Natural Wonders
23 Feb 2019
Francis B., Bensalem, PA
5 stars
“Had a very good trip. It was a good experience.
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Lodges of Glacier National Park
27 Dec 2018
Steve C., San Diego, CA
5 stars
“Great tour - saw my first Bull Moose!
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Glacier National Park & Seattle
17 Dec 2018
Kristi B, Salem, OR
5 stars
“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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Glacier National Park Escape-Chicago Roundtrip
16 Aug 2019
Sharla
4 stars
“The trip was a new experience for us! We traveled overnight on Amtrak for the first time and enjoyed our first visit the Glacier National park. Overall, it was a good trip.
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Glacier National Park Escape-Seattle Roundtrip
01 Aug 2019
MARY
4 stars
“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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