Glacier National Park Escape-Seattle Roundtrip
Travel roundtrip from Seattle to the Crown of the Continent on this 5-day train escape.
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.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 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)
Rail Your Way
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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.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
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.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
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Click here to view testimonials for Glacier National Park Escape-Seattle Roundtrip.
Overall our very first rail vacation was very nice. The only problems we experienced were with the reliability of the train schedule, and with the service (or lack of service) from the room steward on the return trip from East Glacier to Seattle. I must say, however, that the initial portion of our trip from Seattle to East Glacier was absolutely perfect - particularly the service we received from our steward, Curtis. He was AWESOME!
What fun to travel by rail and see the cascade mountains going and coming back at different times of day. Then the Rockies in Montana on the opposite schedule.
While seated in our roomette, the park ranger announcements were a wonderful way to really explore our surroundings. In addition, when we went up to the observation car, the whole trip seemed to slow down as we felt like we were more in touch with all the wondrous countryside, which, for me, is the real goal of a train trip.
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 20th June 2017 and 12th September 2017||$1,395||
|Departs Daily between 20th June 2017 and 12th September 2017||$1,695||
|Departs Daily between 20th June 2017 and 12th September 2017||$2,176||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 20th June 2017 and 12th September 2017 from $1,395
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 20th June 2017 and 12th September 2017 from $1,695
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 20th June 2017 and 12th September 2017 from $2,176
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Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Connecting rail from your city is available upon request. Contact a rail specialist for details. Prices are are correct at the time of this web page being published; yet, are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
NOTE: Arrival and departure times are subject to change without notice. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Empire Builder trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.