Rail Tours in the Northwest USA for Vacations in a National Park

Rail Tours in the Northwest USA for Vacations in a National Park

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Travel by rail through the Northwest U.S. to Glacier National Park through scenic country on tours offered by three different companies:

Vacations by Rail and Great Train Escapes offer 6-day, 5-night, round-trip tours from Seattle, Washington, to Glacier National Park during July.

Train vacation packages include tours of Seattle, sleeper accommodations, deluxe motor-coach transportation, lake cruises, multi-media shows and professional guides.

Lodging and dining in Seattle and Glacier National Park, as well as on the train, are also included.

Amtrak rail tours and trips on the Empire Builder line vary from 3-day, 2-night round trips to 4-day, 3-night round trips from Seattle, Washington, or Portland, Oregon, to Glacier National Park from the end of May through September.

Accommodations in Glacier Park, tours of the park and some dining and cruises are included in Amtrak train tours.
Train trips to Glacier Park via Amtrak afford travelers more independent itineraries.

All trains stop at the West Glacier Park station and East Glacier Park station.

Lodging in Glacier National Park

Four historic lodges in Glacier National Park offer accommodations:

Many Glacier Hotel, sitting on the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake, looks like it’s straight out of the Swiss Alps. The 5-story lodge includes rooms with balconies and lakeside rooms as well as separate chalets.

Glacier Park Lodge, in East Glacier, is within walking distance of the train station. The lobby is comfortable yet impressive, with its massive Douglas fir pillars and immense stone fireplace.

Lake McDonald Lodge, on the eastern shore of glacial Lake McDonald, is designed as a Swiss Chalet hotel, featuring a main lodge, duplex-style cabins and a motor inn.

The Izaak Walton Inn, at Glacier’s southernmost tip in Essex, is another historic lodge that even has converted cabooses as accommodations. The inn, near the train station, serves rail passengers.