Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - Chicago to Seattle
Discover all the natural beauty and scenic wonders of Glacier National Park, "The Crown of the Continent" in the majestic Pacific Northwest.
Travel from Chicago or Seattle aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder and relax in comfort as the glorious scenery passes by.
Your Glacier National Park 7-day adventure includes two nights onboard Amtrak's Empire Builder as well as two nights each in Glacier Park Lodge and Many Glacier Lodge. This well-planned itinerary lets you enjoy the best of Glacier National Park with tour highlights including the Swift Current Lake Boat Cruise and "The Crown of the Continent." Consider upgrading to a roomette or bedroom, which includes meals aboard the train.
This vacation can be booked online for departures from the following Amtrak stations: Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis. For other departure cities, please select the Chicago location, and a rail specialist will contact you within 48 hours with a package customized with a departure from your most convenient Amtrak station.
This itinerary is available from Seattle to Chicago based on your travel preference.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 4 nights, including 2 nights at Glacier Park Lodge and 2 nights at Many Glacier Lodge
- Meals on the train included when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
- Glacier National Park
- Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard vintage Red Jammer buses
- Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the Empire Builder
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder for your 2:15 pm departure and follow the route of the explorers as you head towards the magnificent Pacific Northwest. Read, listen to music or chat with your fellow travelers as you gaze at the magnificent scenery. Check out your journey on a map as the train makes it way through Wisconsin, Minnesota and the grasslands of the "Northern Prairie State" of North Dakota. Overnight train.
Day 2 - East Glacier Park, Montana
Welcome to East Glacier Park, covering more than 1.2 million acres of lakes and waterfalls, dramatic peaks and breathtaking ice-carved glaciers. Your hotel for the night is the Glacier Park Lodge. Modeled after a Swiss Chalet, this historic lodge offers enticing amenities including a heated outdoor swimming pool and nine-hole golf course. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 3 - Many Glacier and Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Your adventure continues as you arrive at the Many Glacier Hotel, often referred to as the "Switzerland of North America." The Many Glacier Hotel is situated on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake in the heart of Glacier National Park. This national landmark, built by the Great Northern Railroad in 1915 to create the "American Alps" boasts a true Swiss atmosphere. Enjoy a delightful boat ride on Swiftcurrent Lake showcasing the alpine beauty and grandeur of the park. Overnight Many Glacier Lodge.
Day 4 - Crown of the Continent Tour
Spend another day in Glacier National Park by taking a breathtaking "Crown of the Continent Tour." The historic Red Jammers of Glacier National Park will take you around the park just as they did in the 1930's. Journey across one of the most stunning roads in North America. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is unsurpassed in alpine splendor and you will enjoy several picture-perfect stops along the way. Overnight Many Glacier Lodge.
Day 5 - Glacier National Park
Today, experience pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes and discover why Glacier National Park is considered the birthplace of mountaineering in North America. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife but elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly and black bears roam its wild vastness and are often seen by visitors. Spend another night at Glacier Park Lodge. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 6 - Empire Builder to Seattle
Board your Amtrak train in the evening bound for Seattle and relax as you watch the Cascade Mountains come into view. Snow-capped volcanoes and forested mountains dot the landscape as you reach your destination. Overnight train.
Day 7 - Seattle
When you see Mount Rainier looming in the distance, you'll know you've arrived in Seattle. Visit the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, a combination shopping mecca and farmer's market, Chinatown, and the Experience Music Project. Sip a cup of java at any one of the hundreds of coffee shops throughout the city and reflect on your amazing Alpine adventure. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Glacier Park Lodge and Many Glacier Hotel. 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 that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts 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.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Click here to view testimonials for Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - Chicago to Seattle.
Our first time with independent travel with this company which took a little planning but it offered folks who love to plan an opportunity to do so. It took all of the difficult parts out of the planning process and allowed you to focus on your destination.
We enjoyed the entire trip. If there was any negative at all, it would be that check-out time at the hotel on the day of departure was 11:00am but our train did not depart until the evening. There were a few things to do within walking distance, Overall we had a great trip.
The tour was catered to my wife and myself. We had all the advantages of a large tour and it was just my wife and I. It was our 25th anniversary and it was perfect! My first train trip and it was a good adventure. Food was excellent on the train! Accommodations were a little small for a 6'4'' Texan but on our leg to Seattle we knew what to expect and it was great. Scenery was out of site! I highly and have recommended this trip! Glacier National Park gave us the hunger to visit some of the other National Parks! We even purchased a lifetime pass to the national parks to get ready for our next visit. Thank you for an exceptional vacation and experience! This was one of those defining experiences that you will talk about the rest of your life.
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 19th June 2019 and 12th September 2019||$1,810||
|Departs Daily between 19th June 2020 and 10th September 2020||$1,925||
|Departs Daily between 19th June 2019 and 12th September 2019||$2,195||
|Departs Daily between 19th June 2020 and 10th September 2020||$2,199||
|Departs Daily between 19th June 2019 and 12th September 2019||$3,020||
|Departs Daily between 19th June 2020 and 10th September 2020||$3,175||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 19th June 2019 and 12th September 2019 from $1,810, daily between 19th June 2020 and 10th September 2020 from $1,925
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 19th June 2019 and 12th September 2019 from $2,195, daily between 19th June 2020 and 10th September 2020 from $2,199
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 19th June 2019 and 12th September 2019 from $3,020, daily between 19th June 2020 and 10th September 2020 from $3,175
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