Empire Builder

An Epic Rail Journey Holiday to The Great Lakes, USA

Travelling daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, Amtrak's Empire Builder provides the perfect way to experience the rugged splendour of the American West.

The mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers.

From Chicago, you'll have magnificent views of the Mississippi and see the glowing night skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Awake the next morning as you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. 

Skirting the Missouri, you'll cross into the Big Sky country in Montana and visit Glacier National Park.   From Spokane, you can continue on to Seattle or head down the Columbia River Gorge toward Portland for spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Beacon Rock.

This journey can be completed in 46 hours, and onboard sleeping accommodations can be booked. If you wish extend the trip to explore along the way we would suggest the locations listed for stopovers. 

The suggested durations are designed to fit in with the train schedule, however two ‘overnights’ on the train will be necessary. We will be pleased to arrange accommodation as required.




The classic American city of Chicago, home to Blues Music, fashionable Michigan Avenue for shopping, Lake Michigan as well as Sears Tower and the Hancock Observatory.

Glacier National Park
A UNESCO Wold Heritage Site, pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes, this National Park has over 
700 miles of hiking trails and is home to one of the most scenic drives in North America – Going to the Sun Road.

Known as the Emerald City or the Gateway to Alaska, Seattle has 
much to offer, beautiful waterfront with connections to Vancouver Island, The Boeing Factory, famed for its coffee, Pike Place Market, Space Needle and Pioneer Square.

The City of Roses, surrounded by natural beauty, famed for its 
beautiful gardens, craft beer and super shopping this Oregon city is well worth spending time in.

To Book This Holiday or find out more call our Travel Specialists on: 01902 798008 or contact us online.
Epic Rail Journey Empire Builder in The Great Lakes, USA
Epic Rail Journey Empire Builder in The Great Lakes, USA


Chicago , IL  

3 nights 

Minneapolis , MN  

1 night

West Glacier or Whitefish, MT 

3 nights 

Portland , OR or Seattle, WA 

2 nights


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