Glacier National Park Discovery

  • Chicago + 8 more
  • Independent Rail Tours, Rail Tours, USA Rail Tours,
  • 11
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Introduction

This 11-day trip onboard the Amtrak® Empire Builder® from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest, with stops in Minnesota and Glacier National Park promises to be full of beautiful sights. Enjoy an architecture sightseeing cruise of the lovely Chicago Harbor. Explore all the scenic Minneapolis has to offer or shop till you drop at the famous Mall of America. Savor the breathtaking beauty and fresh mountain air of Glacier National Park. Then it’s on to Seattle, where more fun awaits. Explore the Emerald City with a 3-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that covers all the city’s hot spots, including the Space Needle and Puget Sound. This is one trip you won’t want to miss!

 

Please note: – This is a suggested itinerary only and is intended to give an overview of what is possible. All of our holiday itineraries are fully customisable and can be tailor-made to suit your own individual requirements.  If you would like to start in a different destination, use specific hotel accommodation, include an extra night here, a side-trip there and/or include tickets to an event please let your Discover North America travel specialist know. They’ll also book you the best value flights to ensure a seamless holiday experience.

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE CHICAGO

Welcome to Chicago! This magnificent city is truly one of a kind and is just waiting for you to explore! In your free time today, take a walk down the Magnificent Mile for world class shopping. Here, you'll also find amazing dining options and other fun attractions. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 2 CHICAGO

Today you'll go on a sightseeing architectural cruise of the beautiful Chicago harbor. Experienced and entertaining guides will recount the dramatic story of Chicago's fascinating history, including the devastating Great Fire of 1871. Learn how Chi-Town bounced back and went on to become the home of the skyscraper and the cradle of modern American architecture. (Overnight in Chicago) D

DAY 3 CHICAGO > MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL

Travel on your own to the Amtrak® station, located in Chicago's Union Station, and board the Empire Builder® headed for the Twin Cities. Traveling daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers. Once you arrive in Minneapolis, transfer independently to your hotel. (Overnight in Minneapolis/St. Paul)

DAY 4 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Today is yours to explore the gorgeous Twin Cities and discover all both St. Paul and Minneapolis have to offer. Later today, you will travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the Empire Builder for a relaxing ride to Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 5 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Welcome to Glacier National Park! This natural gem is home to 130 lakes, 1,000 different species of plants, two gorgeous mountain ranges, and 16,000 square miles of protected land. Enjoy the mountain air during your very short walk to Glacier Park Lodge, where you can settle in for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 6 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Today you'll explore the serene sights of Glacier National Park on an exhilarating boat cruise. Roundtrip shuttle transportation will take you from Glacier Park Lodge to the scenic Two Medicine Valley. Kick back on this relaxing cruise and enjoy your guide's narration of the fascinating Blackfoot Indian folklore surrounding the Two Medicine Valley. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 7 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Today, continue exploring Glacier National Park on a Big Sky Circle Tour, which features a breathtaking ride along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Afterward, you'll return to the Glacier Park Lodge for your final night's stay in the park. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 8 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Enjoy a relaxing morning at the Glacier Park Lodge before transferring on your own to the West Glacier Station and boarding Amtrak to Seattle. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 9 SEATTLE

Welcome to Seattle! Begin exploring the “Emerald City” at your leisure. Visit Pike Place Market or take a stroll along the waterfront. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 10 SEATTLE

Today, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Seattle that will take you to all the famous landmarks including historic Pioneer Square, Lake Union, Your day also includes admission to two iconic Seattle staples Space Needle Observation Deck and Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. The Space Needle is the most famous structure in the city, and from its 520-foot high observation deck, offers stunning views of Mt. Rainier and Elliott Bay. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 11 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SEATTLE

Discover North America can arrange extra nights in Seattle and trip extensions. Please call us for more details.