Skip the flight, board the train to Glacier National Park

May 24, 2016

By Erin Gartner, Associated Press, in The San Antonio Express-News

EAST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Chicago skyscrapers faded into green Wisconsin, and as the sun set over the Mississippi River, we made our first vacation decision. We weren’t driving, so yes, we’d have some wine. We then sat back and watched as 1,500 miles went by aboard the Empire Builder train bound for Glacier National Park.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

The historic train, which debuted with the Great Northern Railway in 1929, carries travelers between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest, with stops along the edge of the national park in western Montana. The park is home to seemingly endless snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, wildflowers and valleys of turquoise lakes.

Between the train and shuttle buses around the park, we left the driving to someone else.

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