Grand Rail Experience with Glacier National Park

$5,849 - 15 Days

Starting off in the great city of Chicago, the Grand Rail Experience with Glacier National Park is tailor-made for anyone who wants to get the full cross-country Amtrak® experience with some of the best scenic landscapes. This train lover’s journey connects five of Amtrak’s top train routes around the country: The Empire Builder, Amtrak’s iconic train route, across the top of the country; the Coast Starlight down the Pacific Coast; the Sunset Limited route through the south; the Crescent line up through our nation’s capital; and finally, the Capitol Limited from Washington, DC back to Chicago. With stops in some of the nation’s top cities and one of the most impressive National Parks along the way, this around-the-country journey is sure to please any train-buff or adventurous sightseer!

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Highlights:

    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

    · Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle

    · Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles

    · Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

    · Monuments by Moonlight tour in Washington, DC

    PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

    · Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Glacier National Park and Glacier National Park to Seattle; Seattle to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to New Orleans; New Orleans to Washington, DC; and Washington DC to Chicago onboard the Empire Builder®, Coast Starlight®, Sunset Limited®, Crescent®, and Capitol Limited®

    · 9 nights’ hotel accommodations; 7 nights’ onboard Amtrak

    · 3 meals included (2 breakfasts and 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.

 


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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN CHICAGO

Begin your journey in Chicago. Head to the Amtrak station and board the Empire Builder® to Glacier National Park. Sit back and relax as you head west to begin your around-the-country adventure. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

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

DAY 3 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Today, you will continue exploring Glacier National Park on the Big Sky Circle Tour. Drive over the breathtaking Maria’s Pass. Enjoy the local wildlife at Goat Lick. Venture along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a windy-mountain thoroughfare that spans 50 miles through the park. After your tour, you’ll return to Glacier Park Lodge for your final night's stay. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B, D

DAY 4 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Explore the serene sights of Glacier National Park on a scenic boat cruise of Two Medicine Valley. Enjoy a relaxing cruise while listening to the Blackfoot Indian folklore surrounding this gorgeous area. The Two Medicine Valley boat cruise will take your breath away! Later on this evening, board Amtrak and continue west to Seattle. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) B

DAY 5 SEATTLE

Today you will arrive in the shining city, Seattle. Check-in to your hotel and prepare for a fun couple of days in “the Emerald City”. Perhaps you want to stroll down to the popular Pike’s Place Market, or enjoy the Seattle Waterfront. There is plenty to do and see in Seattle. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 6 SEATTLE

Today you will get to explore Seattle with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour! Travel around to Seattle’s top attractions such as the iconic Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, Pioneer Square, and Pike’s Place Market. With the ability to get on and off the tour at your own leisure, there is no telling how much you will get to see and experience during your stay in Seattle. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 7 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Check-out of your hotel and travel on your own to the Amtrak station to board the famous Coast Starlight. As you head south to Los Angeles you will travel past some of the beautiful peaks of the Cascade Range, lush forests, and fertile valleys. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 8 LOS ANGELES

As the train makes its way south, enjoy the panoramic views of the Pacific Coast. The Coast Starlight is one of Amtrak’s most popular routes as it allows you to see areas of the California coastline not accessible any other way. Tonight, arrive in Los Angeles and check-in to your hotel, tomorrow you will get to explore the “City of Angels”. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 9 LOS ANGELES

Today you will get to enjoy the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to visit such iconic landmarks as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, the Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Sign. Tonight, travel on your own to Los Angeles’ Union station to board the Sunset Limited and head east to New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 10 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Your trip continues as the Sunset Limited makes its way through the southern parts of the country. Glide through the sprawling deserts, past mountains, and cacti as the train heads towards New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 NEW ORLEANS

After passing through Texas and Louisiana, the train will arrive in New Orleans. Check-in to your hotel and head to sleep, tomorrow you will get to explore “the Big Easy.” (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 12 NEW ORLEANS

Today you will get to experience New Orleans on a guided sightseeing tour. Your tour will take you all around the “City that Care Forgot” to see the French Quarter, historic Jackson Square, past the cemeteries known as the “Cities of the Dead”, and along the bayous that make New Orleans famous. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 13 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

This morning check out of your hotel and head over to the Amtrak station to board the Crescent for your trip up to Washington, DC. As the train makes its way up from the South, prepare for a fun time in our Nation’s Capital. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 14 WASHINGTON DC

Welcome to Washington, DC! Upon arrival check-in to your hotel and begin exploring Washington. Stroll through one or more of the many Smithsonian museums, stroll over to the Capital Building, and make sure to stop for picture-taking at the White House. And tonight you will enjoy the Monuments by Moonlight tour that will take you to see all of the major U.S. monuments lit up at night. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

DAY 15 WASHINGTON DC

Today, use your hop-on, hop-off tour to explore all over the capitol. Visit the city's many magnificent museums and stunning monuments like the Lincoln Memorial. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

DAY 16 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Today you will check out of your hotel and board the Capitol Limited to head back to Chicago. As your train makes its way to the Midwest, reflect upon all of the wonderful things you saw and experienced during your Grand Rail Experience! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 17 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

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

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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