Glacier National Park & Seattle
The Emerald City and the Crown of the Continent are highlights of this spectacular Glacier National Park rail vacation.
Your 7-day round-trip itinerary from Seattle includes travel aboard Amtrak's scenic Empire Builder, accommodations in historic lodges and visits to breathtaking natural attractions including the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road on board the Red Jammer buses.
For departure cities other than Seattle, please select the Seattle location and a rail specialist will contact you within 48 hours with a package customized with a departure from your most convenient Amtrak station.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation aboard Amtrak
- Hotel accommodations for 4 nights
- Meals onboard train when including train sleeping accommodations
- Glacier National Park
- Going-to-the-Sun Road onboard Vintage Red Jammer Buses
- Swiftcurrent Lake boat cruise
- Crown of the Continent tour
- Round-trip transfers from Glacier Park Lodge to Many Glacier Lodge
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. Chat with fellow travelers, read, or listen to music as you travel east, leaving majestic Mount Rainier, the looming Space Needle and the glistening waters of Puget Sound in your 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 are slated to arrive at 9:54 am, providing you with nearly a full day to get acquainted with the Park. Your first overnight will be at Glacier Park Lodge, modeled after a Swiss chalet. Immerse yourself in the western charm of this historic lodge during your stay. Take the day to enjoy the Lodge's amenities like its heated outdoor swimming pool or nine-hole golf course, or begin to explore the alpine meadows and lush forests of this beautiful National Park. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 3 -Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Today transfer to the Many Glacier Hotel, built in 1915 by the Great Northern Railroad on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. A highlight of your day is sure to be a scenic 1 ½-hour boat ride on Swiftcurrent Lake, where you can marvel at the beauty and grandeur of the Park. Overnight Glacier.
Day 4 - Going-to-the-Sun Road
Today's scenic sightseeing takes you along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard a vintage red open-air bus. Your travels take you to the top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, where you'll be awed by the breathtaking views. Overnight Glacier.
Day 5 - Transfer to Glacier Park Lodge
The day is yours to explore Glacier National Park's alpine meadows, sparkling lakes, and rugged mountains. Keep an eye out for some fantastic wildlife including bears and big horn sheep. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 6 - Depart for 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. Make your way to the Amtrak station late this afternoon to meet your 6:45 pm Empire Builder train for your return to Seattle. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 7 - Arrival in the "Emerald City"
The peaks of Mt. Rainier signal you are nearing your final destination of Seattle. The Empire Builder is slated to arrive at 10:25 am. Your Glacier National Park adventure comes to a close here in Seattle. You may wish to extend your stay in Seattle to enjoy this unique seaside city. (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!
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.
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Our overall vacation was very good and we enjoyed the excursions provided during our trip.
I enjoyed my first train trip. Not sure if I like the overnight, but overall was a good experience. Thank you.
Everything went according to plan, it was a delightful trip.
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 17th June 2019 and 10th September 2019||$1,545||
|Departs Daily between 17th June 2019 and 10th September 2019||$1,825||
|Departs Daily between 17th June 2019 and 10th September 2019||$2,395||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 17th June 2019 and 10th September 2019 from $1,545
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 17th June 2019 and 10th September 2019 from $1,825
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 17th June 2019 and 10th September 2019 from $2,395
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Prices do not include National Parks entrance fee.
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.