Travel across the Northern Prairies aboard Amtrak's storied Empire Builder en route to much-loved Glacier National Park.
About the Tour
Your two-night stay is in the heart of the unspoiled natural attractions and stunning beauty Glacier National Park. Wondrous displays of nature, historic lodges, and sightseeing through the forests and valleys of this complex ecosystem are highlights of your stay before returning by train to Chicago.
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.
For 2020 departures please contact a rail specialist at 1-877-929-7245.
- Round-trip transportation aboard Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights at Glacier Park Lodge
- Meals onboard train when including train sleeping accommodations
- Glacier National Park
- Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard vintage Red Jammer Buses
Day 1 - Amtrak's Empire Builder: Chicago to Glacier
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder at Chicago's historic Union Station early this afternoon. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for the iconic train's 2:15 pm departure. Chat with fellow travelers, read, or listen to music as the train begins its storied journey northwest following a trail once taken by America's pioneers. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - Arrival in East Glacier Park
You have all day to relax aboard the train. Make sure to visit the Sightseer Lounge car for impressive views of the passing scenery. Arrive in East Glacier Park at 6:45 pm. Glacier National Park spans more than 1.2 million acres of lakes and waterfalls, dramatic peaks and breathtaking ice-carved terrain. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge. (B, L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 - Glacier National Park Sightseeing
Today's comprehensive sightseeing excursion begins with a drive over Marias Pass followed by fauna-spotting at Goat Lick and a visit to the Izaak Walton Inn. Continue through rich forests to Lake McDonald Lodge followed by a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the Red Jammer Buses and into the St. Mary Valley. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 4 - Return to Chicago
Transfer on your own to the Amtrak station to board the 9:30 am Empire Builder eastbound to Chicago. Spend the day recounting your adventures in one of America's most popular National Park's with your traveling companions and take note of the Northern Prairies through which you're currently traveling. Overnight train. (L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 5 - Return to Chicago
The train rolls through Minnesota, Wisconsin and into the Windy City for a 3:55 pm arrival at Union Station, where your Glacier Park Escape comes to an end. You may wish to extend your stay with a post-night hotel stay in the cosmopolitan City by the Lake. (B, L Sleeping Car passengers only)
Hotel nights at Glacier Park Lodge. 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.
Know before you go
Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions. Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.
+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.
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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