Chicago to Seattle by rail on the route of the Empire Builder. Pre and post touring in the magnificent cities of Chicago and Seattle, as well as a Glacier Park stopover
Day One, Thursday ~ Welcome to Chicago! You will be greeted at the airport and whisked to your hotel via a luxury town car. Relax from your flight and unwind with a great dinner; Chicago is famous for great Steakhouses and savory Italian food.
Day Two, Friday ~ Spend the day exploring some of Chicago’s cultural highlights; Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier or Shedd Aquarium. Take a stroll along the Magnificent Mile or take an architectural tour of this famous city. And remember, there are more great restaurants from which to choose for dinner.
Day Three, Saturday ~ A leisurely morning awaits you before you arrive at Union Station to board your private railcar Puget Sound. The Empire Builder departs at 2:15 pm, and you’ll be served a fabulous late lunch in the dome of Puget Sound as you enjoy magnificent views of the Mississippi River. You may still be lingering over dessert when you’ll see the glowing skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul as we arrive for our brief station stop in Minnesota.
Day Four, Sunday ~ You’ll awaken this morning in the plains of North Dakota. Traveling over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle is one of the highlights before crossing into Montana. You’ll skirt the Missouri River and see the Plains meet the Rockies near Browning, Montana. Soon, you’ll pass right through the heart of Glacier National Park. Arrive at 8:56 this evening in Whitefish, Montana. Overnight onboard Puget Sound.
Day Five, Monday ~ After a hearty breakfast, you’ll depart with your private driver-guide for a personalized tour of Glacier National Park; including a trip to pristine Lake McDonald and a breathtaking tour over Going-to-the-Sun-Road. This evening you’ll arrive at the fabulous Grouse Mountain Lodge where you will spend two nights.
Day Six, Tuesday ~ Whitefish and Glacier National Par
Day Seven, Wednesday ~ Depart Whitefish, Montana in the evening. Overnight Onboard Puget Sound
Day Eight, Thursday ~ Linger over breakfast with the breathtaking views of the coast and the evergreens of the Northwest. Arrive Seattle Washington in the morning. We’ll arrange a whale watching tour in Puget Sound or spend the day strolling Pike Place Market-home of the “Flying Fish Market”. Overnight in one of Seattle’s fine luxury hotels.
Day Nine, Farewell ~ Your trip concludes with a luxury transfer to the airport. We wish you a safe journey home.