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Trip Overview

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!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing architecture cruise of Chicago Harbor
  • Two Medicine Valley Boat Cruise of Glacier National Park*
  • Big Sky Circle Tour of Glacier National Park**
  • Admission to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit
  • Sightseeing city tour of Seattle

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to St. Paul/Minneapolis; St. Paul/Minneapolis to Glacier National Park; and Glacier National Park to Seattle onboard the Empire Builder®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)

*Seasonal activity: Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat cruise runs early June to early September and Big Sky Circle Tour runs mid-June to mid-September.

Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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. Enjoy your included dinner this evening at a popular Chicago restaurant. (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, enjoy your included taxi ride 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


Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, is ideally situated on the Chicago River, within walking distance of Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile shopping, Millennium Park, the Loop business district and all of the other local favorites that make Chicago a one of a kind destination.

The Westin Michigan Avenue

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Hotel, which is located on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, is steps from Lake Michigan, Michigan Avenue restaurants and premier Michigan Avenue shopping.

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge was built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. Located in East Glacier Park Village it is 3 miles outside of Glacier National Park. The Glacier Park Lodge's 161 guest rooms can accommodate over 500 people.

Country Inn & Suites at Mall of America

The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®, Bloomington at Mall of America (MOA), MN sits on an ideal site off I-494 and Highway 77. Located directly across from America’s largest shopping complex, the hotel is just three miles from Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport..

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Minneapolis is the closest hotel to the Minneapolis Convention Center. We're also near the city's sports and arts centers, as well as Nicollet Mall, which offers unique restaurants, shops and entertainment.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center

Get your money's worth at the Quality Inn & Suites® Seattle Center hotel in Seattle, WA near Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Century Link Stadium and Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square.

Sheraton Seattle

Sheraton Seattle Hotel is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market and world-class shopping. Warwick Seattle Hotel greets you with European luxury and charm.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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