Travel roundtrip from Seattle to the Crown of the Continent on this 5-day train escape.
About the Tour
Depart coastal Seattle for the 100+-year-old Glacier National Park aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder. Highlights of your two-day visit include an excursion along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road and stunning views from Marias and Logan Passes.
For 2020 departures please contact a rail specialist at 1-877-929-7245.
- Transportation aboard Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- Meals onboard train when including train sleeping accommodations
- Big Sky Circle Tour
- Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard Red Jammer Buses
- Glacier National Park
Day 1 - Depart Seattle aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder at Seattle's King Street Station and prepare for your 4:40 pm departure east toward Montana. Chat with fellow travelers, read, or listen to music as the train leaves the glistening waters of Puget Sound in its wake. Watch the sunset from the Sightseer Lounge or enjoy a presentation about the area through which you're traveling given by volunteer park rangers as part of the Trails and Rails program. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - Arrive East Glacier Park, Montana
When you awake this morning, you will be in Montana, nearing your final destination of East Glacier Park. You're scheduled to arrive at 9:54 am. With 50 glaciers, more than 200 lakes, waterfalls, and forests spread across 1.2 million acres, you won't be at a loss for things to see and do for the remainder of the day. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 - Big Sky Circle Tour
Today's sightseeing excursion begins with a drive over Marias Pass. Enjoy wildlife viewing at Goat Lick. Visit the historic Izaak Walton Inn and Lake MacDonald Lodge, where you may elect to have lunch. This afternoon, continue along the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass for stunning views before descending into the St. Mary Valley. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 4 - Return to Seattle
Your last day in Glacier National Park is nearly a full one. Take the opportunity to revisit some of your favorite natural attractions or discover new ones along the more than 700 miles of hiking trails that wind through the Park. Late this afternoon, transfer on your own to the Amtrak station to meet your 6:45 pm Empire Builder train for your return to Seattle. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 5 - Arrival in Seattle
The peaks of Mt. Rainier signal you are nearing your final destination of Seattle. The Empire Builder arrives at King Street Station at 10:25 am, where your train escape comes to an end. You may wish to extend your stay with a post-night hotel that will provide you with ample time to relax in this unique seaside city. (B 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.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
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