America Coast to Coast with Glacier National Park - 14-day train holiday beginning in Seattle with visits to Glacier National Park, Chicago and New York City.
America Coast to Coast with Glacier National Park
From Puget Sound to the Atlantic Coast, discover some of America’s most vibrant cities and attractions on this 14-day rail holiday. As you travel from the Emerald City of Seattle east to New York City by train, visit one of America’s best-loved National Parks, Glacier, and the Midwest metropolis of Chicago.
One-way transportation aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Seattle to Glacier National Park and from Glacier National Park to Chicago (two nights on train)
One-way transportation aboard Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited from Chicago to New York City (one night on train)
Select meals (meals onboard train when upgrading to a roomette or bedroom)
2 nights at the Warwick Hotel or similar
2 nights at Glacier Park Lodge
2 nights at Many Glacier Hotel
2 nights at Palmer House Hilton or similar
2 nights at the Paramount Hotel or similar
Seattle Hop On/Hop Off pass
Sightseeing in Glacier National Park including Crown of the Continent tour and Swiftcurrent Lake boat cruise
Chicago Hop On/Hop Off trolley tour
Hop On/Hop Off double-decker bus tour in New York City
Taxes and service charges
Pike Place Market
Glacier National Park
John Hancock Observatory
Empire State Building
Day 1 - Arrival in Seattle
Welcome to Seattle! Upon arrival, transfer on your own to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Warwick Hotel or similar.
Day 2 – Seattle Sightseeing
Discover the Emerald City’s most popular sights today on your hop on/hop off city tour. Points of interest include the Space Needle, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. Overnight Warwick Hotel or similar.
Day 3 – Empire Builder Eastbound
The morning is yours to do as you wish. Sleep in, shop for souvenirs, or revisit some of your favourite sights from yesterday’s city sightseeing excursion. This afternoon, make your way to Seattle’s King Street Station in preparation of your 16:40 departure aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder train. As the train travels past stunning Puget Sound on its scenic journey eastward, settle into your onboard accommodations and enjoy the start of your cross-country rail adventure. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 4 – Arrive in East Glacier Park, Montana
The Empire Builder arrives in East Glacier Park this morning. Make your way to the historic Glacier Park Lodge, designed as a Swiss chalet. Take the day to explore this historic hotel take advantage of its many amenities including a beautiful pool and nine-hole golf course. Or, begin to explore this much-loved National Park, marvelling at its lush forests and rolling alpine meadows. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge. (B Sleeping Car passengers only).
Day 5 – Crown of the Continent Tour
Today travel to Many Glacier Lodge, your accommodations for the next two nights, and embark on an excursion along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in classic red Jammer busses. Marvel at the views from its highest point, Logan Pass. You’re surrounded by stunning scenery as you travel through the St. Mary Valley, the prairies of Big Sky Country, and the Swiftcurrent Valley. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Many Glacier Hotel.
Day 6 – Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Cruise
Gain a different perspective of the “Crown of the Continent “ today as you alight on a cruise of Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. After this short excursion, spend the remainder of the day exploring the Park as you like. Be sure to have your camera handy to capture the colourful flora and abundant wildlife. Overnight Many Glacier Hotel.
Day 7 – Glacier National Park at Leisure
Today transfer back to Glacier Park Lodge. Discover the grandeur of this diverse ecosystem on your last full day at the Park. No activities are scheduled for the day, so you may wish to take an optional excursion or revisit some of your favourite sights. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 8 – Empire Builder to Chicago
Depart Glacier National Park this morning aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder for your continued journey east to Chicago. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery and meet fellow travellers in the train’s Sightseer Lounge, partake in a meal, and rest in your onboard accommodations. Overnight train. (L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 9 – Arrival in Chicago
When you awake this morning you’re travelling through Minnesota. As the day progresses, the Empire Builder crosses the Mississippi River into Wisconsin and Illinois, arriving in Chicago late this afternoon. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel with the evening at your leisure. Overnight Palmer House Hilton or similar. (B, L Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 10 – Chicago Sightseeing
Spend the day discovering the Windy City’s popular sights as you embark on a hop on/hop off trolley tour of the city. Highlights include Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, and Willis Tower among other top attractions. Take time to shop along the Magnificent Mile, enjoy a theatre performance, or savour a delicious meal at one of the city’s fine restaurants. Overnight Palmer House Hilton or similar.
Day 11 – Journey to the Big Apple
You have a full day to explore Chicago at your leisure. Stroll along the dazzling lakefront, visit one of the city’s top-notch museums and shop for souvenirs. This evening make your way to historic Union Station to board Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited for your overnight journey to New York City. Overnight train.
Day 12 – Lake Shore Limited to New York City
When you awake this morning you will be nearing Buffalo. Keep an eye out for historic points of interest during today’s train journey including Bannerman’s Castle, West Point Academy and the National Historic Site dedicated to FDR. Pass through New York’s capitol city, arriving in the Big Apple this evening. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel with the evening at your leisure. Overnight Paramount Hotel or similar. (B, L Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 13 – New York, New York
Spend the day exploring New York City’s most famous sights on your double-decker bus tour. Step on and off as you like at more than 30 different points of interest. Highlights include Central Park, Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, and more! Overnight Paramount Hotel or similar.
Day 14 – Holiday Conclusion
Your train holiday comes to an end this morning. Transfer on your own to the airport or railway station for your continued travels or return trip home.
Senior discounts and single pricing are available upon request. Contact a rail specialist for details.
* Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers travelling on long-distance trains may encounter delays due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, tax included. Prices are subject to change, and all reservations are based upon availability at time of booking. Itinerary is available in reverse from 15 June-5 September 2013
The Empire Builder travels daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. Enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Mississippi, Minneapolis’ glowing night skyline, the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle, and the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
The Lake Shore Limited travels daily between New York and Chicago along the shores of Lake Michigan and the Erie Canal.