Your 12-day adventure through Big Sky Country includes the best of the Old West with visits to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Big Sky Country, Yellowstone National Park, and Glacier National Park.
About the Tour
Travel on an 12-day tour through America's Wild West. Beginning in Chicago, board the Empire Builder for the overnight journey west to Montana. Arrive in East Glacier, MT, at the edge of Glacier National Park. A highlight of your stay will be a Red Jammer tour of Glacier National Park.
Continue to Helena, where your two-night stay mixes elements of history and nature. Visit the Charles Russell Museum, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and tour Montana's Capitol. Relax on a cruise through the Gates of the Mountains and enjoy a trip to dinner on a horse wagon.
Then it's time for a three-night stay in Big Sky Country, where you'll tour Yellowstone National Park, visit Old Faithful, and have a chance to relax on the ranch and take in the quiet scenery, horseback ride and fly fish.
Travel by coach to Jackson, gateway to Grand Teton National Park and a quintessential cowboy town, complete with wooden plank sidewalks and saloons. You'll visit the rodeo and take a float trip on the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park, offering a great vantage point for spotting wildlife. This trip through Big Sky Country shows off the west's natural wonders, rich history, and roaming wildlife.
- Rail travel aboard Amtrak (1 night on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights, including 2 nights in Glacier National Park and 3 nights at the 320 Ranch and Resort
- 13 meals, including a Chuckwagon supper
- Meals on the train included when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
- Glacier National Park including the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard vintage Red Jammer buses
- Visit Charles Russell's home and studio
- Gates of the Mountains cruise
- Yellowstone National Park tour, including Old Faithful
- Jackson Hole Rodeo
- Float trip on the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park
- National Park entrance fees
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Activity Level View Details
Day 1 – Depart Chicago aboard the Empire Builder
Arrive at Chicago Union Station and board the Empire Builder. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your overnight rail journey. Travelers may elect to travel from Seattle or points in-between and meet your tour manager in Glacier National Park. Overnight train.
Day 2 – En Route to Glacier National Park
Spend the day admiring the sights from the train's glass-walled Sightseer Lounge and chatting with your fellow travelers. Upon arrival in East Glacier, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Glacier National Park, MT.
Day 3 – Glacier National Park at Leisure
Today is free to begin to explore Glacier National Park. Grab your camera and start to discover the beauty of this beloved national park with a lakeside walk or meander along one of the scenic hiking trails. Or, simply relax on site at your hotel. Your Tour Manager will be available with dining and sightseeing suggestions. Overnight East Glacier or Essex, MT.
Note: For guests on the August 16, 2021 departure, there will be an included transfer from Izaak Walton Inn to Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 4 – Glacier National Park
Embark on a half-day tour of one of America's most beloved national parks, Glacier. A highlight of the visit is a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Traverse this famous highway aboard vintage open-air Red Jammer buses, traveling over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Overnight Glacier National Park, MT. (B, D)
Day 5 – Charles Russell Museum
Charles Russel is renowned for his artwork depicting the 1800’s in the Old West. Today we visit the C.M. Russell Museum complex, which includes a museum to collect and preserve his paintings and sketches, Russell's original home, and his log studio. Overnight Helena, MT. (B)
Day 6 - Gates of the Mountains Cruise / Montana's State Capitol
This morning, enjoy a cruise through the beautiful Gates of the Mountains, nestled between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Enjoy the heart of Montana as you take in the stunning scenery. Then Montana's state capitol. This evening, travel to the log cabin Last Chance Ranch in a horse-drawn wagon for your dinner and cowboy entertainment. Overnight Helena, MT. (B, D)
Day 7 – Yellowstone National Park / Roosevelt Arch
Make the scenic drive from Helena to Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance of Yellowstone and continue to your lodging in Big Sky. The day's drive takes you through parts of the country seen in famous movies including Dances with Wolves. Settle into cowboy life at the 320 Ranch, where you can enjoy horse trail rides or take fly fishing lessons. Overnight Gallatin Gateway, MT. (B)
Day 8 – Yellowstone National Park
Experience the grandeur of America's first national park, Yellowstone, home to the world's most vast region of geothermal activity, including thousands of hot springs and fumaroles that dot the landscape. Today's guided sightseeing tour showcases some of Yellowstone's most renowned sights, including Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots, Canyon Village and Hayden Valley. Overnight Gallatin Gateway, MT. (B)
Day 9 – Ranch at Leisure / Old Faithful Visit
You have a morning free at the ranch to live like a cowboy. Saddle up for a trail ride, enjoy some fly-fishing or just relax. This afternoon you'll head back to Yellowstone National Park for a visit to Old Faithful. A chuck wagon dinner this evening is at the ranch, followed by a get together around the fire pit sharing our experiences from earlier today. Overnight Gallatin Gateway, MT. (B, D)
Day 10 – Grand Teton National Park / Jackson Hole Rodeo
Discover the splendor of Grand Teton National Park. Highlights include the Colter Bay Visitor Center, Jenny Lake and the Chapel of Transfiguration. We will stop at the Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge for lunch on your own; then continue our drive to Jackson Hole, the quintessential cowboy town. This evening, learn more about the cowboy lifestyle as you head to the famous Jackson Hole Rodeo. Watch the cowboys and cowgirls put on a dazzling western show. Overnight Jackson, WY. (B)
Day 11 – Snake River Float Trip
This morning's excursion takes us on a float trip along the Snake River. As you wind through Grand Teton National Park, keep an eye out for elk and other wildlife indigenous to the area. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Jackson as you like. Enjoy a chuckwagon dinner this evening. Overnight Jackson, WY. (B, D)
Day 12 – Tour Conclusion
Your Western adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. A group transfer to the Jackson Hole International Airport will accommodate flights departing after 11:00 a.m. (B)
Hotels include Glacier Park Lodge (East Glacier) or Izaak Walton Inn (Essex), Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel (Helena), 320 Guest Ranch and Resort (Gallatin Gateway) and Rustic Inn (Jackson).
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.
Due to changes in Amtrak’s schedule, departure dates reflected below may vary.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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