|Saturday Depart Chicago
||Guests depart Chicago bound for Utah aboard
the famous California Zephyr today. Guests
living on the West Coast may depart the San
Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento today as
well. From both California and the Midwest, it
is an overnight journey to Provo, Utah.
||Sunday Overnight Provo, UT
||Arrive in Provo aboard the California Zephyr
with an overnight stay at the superb Provo
Marriott. Transfer to the hotel is included.
||Monday Jackson Hole
||After a welcome breakfast, we depart Provo
bound for Jackson Hole and Grand Teton
National Park. Wonder at this spectacular
landscape rich with majestic mountains,
pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The
abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range
contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered
valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating
world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly
four million visitors per year. Check into the
Antlerís Inn for an over night stay. There is time
tonight to enjoy quaint Jackson including the
fabled Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Tonight is
also our casual welcome dinner, a nice chance
to meet your fellow travelers.
||After breakfast, we enjoy a morning float trip
on the Snake River with the backdrop of some
of the most stunning Mountain Scenery in
North America, the Grand Teton Range and you
will want to have your camera handy. We then
drive north to Yellowstone National Park.
America's first national park, it is home to a
large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears,
wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within
Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and
a collection of the world's most extraordinary
geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon
of the Yellowstone. This afternoon we check
into the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, located
inside Yellowstone National Park. Most tours
offer one night outside the park, for a nice
change . We do two in the park.
|| Wednesday Yellowstone
||Today we see all of Yellowstone's majesty with Upper & Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old
Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand
Canyon of Yellowstone. You will want your
camera handy since today is a visual feast of
unequaled splendor. A final night to enjoy the
magical setting of Yellowstone.
||Thursday Fairmont Hot Springs
||Another pretty day as we drive north to
picturesque Fairmont Hot Springs, the perfect
midtrip indulgence. Admission to the soothing
hot springs is included and there is a fine spa as
well as a range of outdoor activities.
|| Friday Glacier Park
||A beautiful day as we travel into Glacier
National Park. You will want to have your
camera ready. Overnight is spent at the famed
Glacier Park Lodge, the largest log building in
the world, built by the Great Northern Railroad.
We enjoy two nights in this amazing structure.
||Saturday Glacier Park
||The Big Day! We depart this morning aboard
one of the famed red open-air 'jammer buses
for a spellbinding day that finds us traversing
the breathtaking 'Going to the Sun' Road over
the Continental Divide. Later today, shimmering
Lake McDonald where an early evening boat
cruise is included. Many of our passengers rate
this the prettiest day of the entire tour which is
saying quite a lot. Overnight at the Glacier Park Lodge.
||Sunday All Aboard!
||After breakfast, guests bound for the Midwest
depart right from Glacier Park Lodge aboard the
Empire Builder which makes a special stop at
the hotel. Guests bound for Portland have all
day to relax and enjoy the hotel before an
evening departure for the West Coast.
||Monday Journey Home
||The Empire Builder arrives in St. Paul,
Milwaukee and Chicago today and guests
traveling to the West Coast arrive in Portland at
9am. Note: For guests that started their tour in
California, return train travel from Portland
back to any California point is included from