Glacier National Park by Train

  • June 26th through July 3rd, 2021
  • Capacity: 30
  • The Edge of Glacier National Park at Sunrise

    The Edge of Glacier National Park at Sunrise

    The Edge of Glacier National Park at Sunrise
  • Empire Builder at East Glacier Park Montana

    Empire Builder at East Glacier Park Montana

    Empire Builder at East Glacier Park, MT
  • Wild Goose Island - Glacier National Park, Montana

    Wild Goose Island - Glacier National Park, Montana

    Wild Goose Island - Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Sunrise over Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park, Montana

    Sunrise over Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park, Montana

    Sunrise over Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park, MT

Questions about this trip?

This trip is planned by Carleton Alumni Relations staff. Contact Alumni Relations at alumni-office@carleton.edu or 1-800-729-2586 with any questions (the phone and email at the top of this adventures page will direct you to our international tour provider, Eos Study Tours).


The Trip

Join Carleton alumni on this opportunity to combine stunning scenery, informative guided tours, and indigenous history in one of our country’s most spectacular national parks with travel on Amtrak’s famed Empire Builder.

The trip includes accommodations at the West Glacier Motel and Cabins, the historic Glacier Park Lodge, and Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, with a variety of options for train accommodations ranging from coach seats to sleeping car roomettes to and from St. Paul.  Day excursions include guided tours, sightseeing, walks, and educational talks.

The trip begins and ends in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the opportunity to share the adventure of Amtrak train travel across the upper Midwest and high plains of Montana, and learn the history that connects Minnesota and Glacier National Park.

Tour leader

Andrew Selden ’68, retired attorney and experienced professional educator, has organized and led numerous trips via Amtrak to Glacier National Park on behalf of the University of Minnesota’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  He is the president of the United Rail Passenger Alliance.

Itinerary

Saturday, June 26, 2021: 4:00 PM--Gather at Union Depot in St. Paul, MN for historical overviews, group dinner, and a 10:20 p.m. Amtrak departure
Sunday, June 27: Arrive in East Glacier
Monday, June 28: Blackfeet Tour of the east side of Glacier National Park and Blackfeet County; visit Museum of the Plains Indians in Browning; Blackfeet tribal speaker and dinner
Tuesday, June 29: Cross Marias Pass; Lake McDonald cruise and wildlife presentation
Wednesday, June 30: Iconic Red Bus tour of the west side of Glacier National Park; visit Park headquarters
Thursday, July 1: Free day in Whitefish with optional tours and excursions (additional charges may apply)
Friday, July 2: 7:41 a.m. Amtrak departure for St. Paul
Saturday, July 3: 7:43 a.m. arrival in St. Paul

Prices per person

Double occupancy hotel room and Amtrak coach ticket $2,180
Single occupancy hotel room and Amtrak coach ticket $2,860

Double occupancy hotel room and Amtrak roomette ticket $2,606
Single occupancy hotel room and Amtrak roomette ticket $3,723

Register for the trip

This trip has been organized by Carleton College and Flathead Travel Service. To make your reservation, call FTS at 1-800-553-3400 during regular business hours (Mountain Time), Monday through Friday.

Please be aware that this trip requires a certain level of physical mobility and capability, including climbing stairs and walking at higher elevations (up to 6,600 feet above sea level). If these activities present a challenge, you will want to consider signing up for one of our less strenuous Alumni Adventures trips.

Reservations can be canceled with a full refund at any point up to March 28, 2021, 90 days before the start of the trip.

Additional information

This trip is planned by Carleton Alumni Relations staff. Contact Alumni Relations at alumni-office@carleton.edu or 1-800-729-2586 with any questions.

Please review our FAQ for further information. Details and prices are subject to change; most but not all meals and gratuities are included. Itinerary and group size are subject to the status of the Covid-19 situation and state regulations.