Experience the beauty of the northwestern United States first hand on this 5-day journey to Glacier National Park.
About the Tour
Your adventure starts in Chicago or Seattle when you board Amtrak's Empire Builder headed for Glacier. Read a book, talk with fellow travelers or enjoy a drink in the bar car as you speed towards your vacation destination.
During your Glacier Park stay be sure to take advantage of all the sights and activities available. Exploring the wilderness that makes Glacier so famous is a must. This spectacular getaway also offers travelers the opportunity for a round of golf or a swim in your hotel's heated pool. The return home will also be enjoyed on Amtrak's Empire Builder, where you can sit back and recall fond memories of your Glacier National Park vacation.
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 also available from Seattle to Chicago, based on your travel preference. For 2020 departures please contact a rail specialist at 1-877-929-7245.
- Rail Travel on Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights at Glacier Park Lodge
- Meals on the train included when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
- Big Sky Circle Tour, including wildlife viewing at Goat Lick and a stop at the historic Izaak Walton Inn
- Going-to-the-Sun road aboard vintage Red Jammer Buses
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the Empire Builder
Board the Empire Builder and head west on the journey that takes you through impressive, eye-popping scenery of the majestic North and Pacific Northwest of the United States. Relax as the train makes its way through the Wisconsin Dells and St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota tonight. Overnight train.
Day 2 - East Glacier Park, Montana
When you awake this morning, the train is traveling through the grasslands of the "Northern Prairie State" of North Dakota. This evening the Empire Builder arrives at the stunningly beautiful ice-carved terrain of serrated ridges, jutting peaks, dramatic hanging valleys, 50 glaciers, more than 200 lakes, waterfalls and thick forests that cover 1.2-million acres of protected land. Overnight at the Glacier Park Lodge with a heated outdoor swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, and close proximity to Glacier National Park, Glacier Park Lodge is a wonderful Montana destination resort. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 3 - Big Sky Circle Tour
The most inclusive tour of Glacier National Park starts with a morning drive over Marias Pass, with wildlife viewing at Goat Lick and a stop at the historic Izaak Walton Inn. Tour the grand cedar & hemlock forests on your way to an optional lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge. After lunch, ascend to the high alpine of Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass and down the St. Mary Valley. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 4 - Transfer to the Amtrak Station
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder train bound for Seattle this evening. 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 5 - Seattle
The Empire Builder arrives in Seattle at 10:20 am where your Northwest rail vacation comes to an end.
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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