1Depart Chicago's Union Station
In Chicago, you'll meet the tour manager and fellow travelers at Union Station to board the California Zephyr for an afternoon departure. Get comfortable in your accommodations and head over to see the view from the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge! Overnight on train.
2California Zephyr to Salt Lake City
Wake up to views of the Colorado Rockies this morning! We'll arrive this evening in Salt Lake City, where we'll be transferred to our overnight hotel.
3Salt Lake City
We'll begin with a guided tour of Salt Lake City this morning, including a visit to Temple Square, Utah's State Capitol, and the Great Salt Lake! We'll all enjoy lunch together before we break for a free afternoon and evening of personal exploration. (B,L)
After breakfast, we'll board a motorcoach to Montpelier, Idaho to visit the National Oregon/California Trail Center. We'll learn all about the pioneer route before continuing to Jackson, WY. Overnight at The Lodge at Jackson Hole. (B)
5Grand Teton National Park
You'll adore our morning in Grand Teton National Park, including the majestic views from Chapel of Transfiguration log church and lunch in the Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge. This afternoon, we'll continue on to Yellowstone National Park and check in to the Canyon Lodge. (B)
6Yellowstone National Park
We'll take a guided tour of Yellowstone today, from the forests and meadows of Madison Junction to Norris Geyser Basin. Highlights include Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction and Tower Falls. We'll break for lunch before an afternoon tour to Artist Point, Inspiration Point, and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Have you cameras ready for wildlife shots! Overnight at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone, WY. (B)
7Yellowstone National Park
We're taking a drive through Hayden Valley today, and visiting Old Faithful and the Fountain Paint Pot! Overnight at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone, WY. (D)
8Glacier National Park
The motorcoach will take us to East Glacier Park, Montana. Along the way we'll stop for scenic shots of the mountains. Overnight at Glacier Park Lodge. (B)
9Glacier National Park
Travel along the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard the historic Red Jammer bus. We'll stop for lunch on your own at Lake McDonald Lodge. The tour drive will cover 50 miles today, with amazing mountain scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. We'll enjoy a farewell dinner together before our last overnight stay at the Glacier Park Lodge. (D)
10Empire Builder to Chicago
All aboard the Empire Builder this morning at the East Glacier Park Amtrak station! We'll be heading east over the badlands of eastern Montana and North Dakota. Overnight aboard the train. (B)
11Disembark in Chicago
The Empire Builder will arrive in Chicago's Union Station this afternoon. Hotel stays are recommended in Chicago to avoid missing flights.