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Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery - 2017

  • Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery - 2017
  • Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery - 2017
  • Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery - 2017
  • Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery - 2017
  • Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery - 2017

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago

Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station. Early this afternoon we will board Amtrak’s Empire Builder for the 1620-mile journey across five states to Whitefish, Montana. Departure is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

The Empire Builder features Superliner equipment. Relax in your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Amtrak Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional charge. After settling in, you may want to go the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car with its comfortable seating. It’s a great place to enjoy the passing scenery. All meals on the trains are included. Enjoy a full-course dinner in the dining car tonight.

Meal(s):  D

Day 2: En Route / Whitefish

During the day we will roll across the remote flatlands of North Dakota and eastern Montana.
Arrival in Whitefish is scheduled for 8:56 p.m. We will transfer to our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell, our home for the next two nights.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 3: Glacier National Park

We’ll depart on an all-day tour of one of America’s most beautiful attractions. Our group will travel over the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Highway. Acclaimed as one of the outstanding scenic roadways of the world, the drive affords magnificent views of the mountain scenery. Dense forests, picturesque lakes, brilliant flowers and abundant wildlife enhance the awesome views. We’ll stop for a leisurely “on-your-own” lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge and return to our hotel in Kalispell by late afternoon. Dinner in our hotel will be included this evening.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 4: En Route / Yellowstone

Following breakfast we’ll board our motorcoach and travel to Yellowstone National Park. An included lunch stop will be made at the Chef’s Garden Restaurant in Butte, Montana.

Yellowstone was established in 1872 as America’s first national park. This is the world’s most extensive region of geothermal activity. Thousands of hot springs dot the thermal basins. Old Faithful is the most famous geyser in the world.

We will spend three nights at the Kelly Inn. There are a variety of evening activities available nearby including the Playbill Theatre (Broadway-style musicals and dramas), an IMAX Theater featuring a 45-minute presentation about the Yellowstone Park area and the Yellowstone Historic Center.

Meal(s):  B & L

Day 5: Yellowstone

A Continental breakfast is included each morning in our hotel. Today we begin to explore Yellowstone National Park, a two-million acre national jewel. We’ll journey through Madison Junction, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction and Tower Falls.

Following an “on-your-own” lunch, we’ll continue on to Artist Point, Inspiration Point and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. We’ll return to our hotel by late afternoon.

Meal(s):   CB

Day 6: Yellowstone

We’ll begin our second day of awesome Yellowstone National Park experiences. A scenic drive takes us through the Hayden Valley, a region of lush forest meadows. Look for bison and other wildlife! Have a camera ready to capture awesome views. Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone are highlights of the day. We’ll also view the paint-pots, which are bubbling hot springs mixed with clay. We return to our West Yellowstone Hotel for a final night.

Meal(s):  CB

Day 7: Grand Teton Range

This morning we’ll enjoy a Continental breakfast (included) before setting off for Wyoming.
No mountain skyline is more impressive than that of the Grand Teton Range. Peaks rise abruptly with no foothills. We’ll visit the Chapel of Transfiguration, a rustic log church with fantastic views of the Tetons. Lunch is included at the Jackson Lake Lodge. At the Colter Bay Visitor Center we view Plains Indian art and exhibits and learn more about Grand Teton National Park.

By mid-afternoon we’ll arrive in the ranching and resort center of Jackson, Wyoming. Our comfortable lodging is at The Rustic Inn.

Tonight our group will travel a few miles outside the city for a chuck wagon dinner complete with a Western musical group to entertain us.

Meal(s):  CB, L & D

Day 8: En Route

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet in your hotel this morning.

We will board our motorcoach and travel to Craig, Colorado, where we’ll spend the night at the Hampton Inn. An on-your-own lunch stop will be made en route.

Meal(s):  B

Day 9: En Route

Following a Continental breakfast in our hotel this morning, we’ll board our motorcoach for the two-hour drive to Glenwood Springs.

Upon arrival we will board the eastbound California Zephyr at 12:10 p.m. A boxed lunch will be provided to bring aboard the train.

Enjoy the same accommodations and amenities you experienced on your westbound trip. You’ll want to find a seat in the glass walled Sightseer Lounge car for the spectacular scenery that will unfold before you.

Today we’ll encounter the famous five-mile long Moffat Tunnel and go under the Continental Divide. The train will wind around sharp mountain curves and through numerous tunnels. You’ll look down at streams winding through valleys far below.

Meal(s):  CB, L & D

Day 10: En Route to Chicago

Our train will roll across Iowa and Illinois before our late afternoon arrival in Chicago. Some tour members will change to trains bound for Midwest, Eastern and Southern home cities. Others may spend the night in Chicago and fly home tomorrow.

Meal(s):  B & L


10 Days

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  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton Range
  • Jackson Hole

Tour Highlights

  • Experience magnificent views of Glacier National Park’s mountains, lakes and wildlife as you travel along the Going-to-the-Sun Highway.
  • Yellowstone National Park is a two-million acre natural “jewel”. We’ll view the upper and lower falls and many geysers, including Old Faithful.
  • No mountain range is more impressive than the Grand Teton range. Peaks rise abruptly with no foothills.
  • Enjoy 2850 miles of scenic rail travel on the Empire Builder, Chicago to Whitefish, Montana and on the California Zephyr, Glenwood Springs to Chicago.
  • Spend a day viewing the spectacular scenery of the Colorado Rockies between Glenwood Springs and Denver. The train eases between towering mountains for hours.

Tour Package

  • Round-trip transportation by Amtrak rail and deluxe motorcoach.
  • Reclining coach seats with leg rest on the train for two nights.
  • First-class hotel accommodations for seven nights (6 nights for Fly Option.)
  • 19 meals.
  • Sightseeing at Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks. Admission to all included attractions.
  • Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
  • Services of an America by Rail Tour Director.

Tour Pricing

$2,995 - 10 Days
Upgrades: Roomette + $645
Bedroom + $1,345

Single $3,895
Upgrade: Roomette + $1,290

FLY OPTION - Fly into Kalispell, MT; return from Jackson Hole, WY.
7 Days
Price: $2,495
Single: $3,395
America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Airfare is not included in above price.

All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.

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