A RAIL TOUR TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
& IZAAK WALTON INN
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July 31 - August 6, 2017
Depart Bellevue, Ohio very early the morning of July 31 via motor coach to Toledo where we'll board Amtrak's Train #49, "The Lake Shore Limited," for a mid-morning arrival in Chicago. There will be time enough for lunch and some exploring before boarding Train #27, "The Empire Builder." Enjoy the ride and the beautiful scenery, spend time in the lounge car and getting to know your fellow travelers. Meals (on your own) are served in the dining car or sandwiches, snacks, and drinks are available in the lounge car. On the next evening we arrive at our destination, The Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana. This is an historic inn which was originally built to house railroad crews since "helper" engines were added at Essex to assist the trains climbing the step grades of the Rockies.
The Izaak Walton Inn is a family-owned retreat bordering Glacier National Park. Specializing in outdoor adventure and serious relaxation, the Inn hosts activities year round fitting any age interest and experience level including guided back tours, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting to slow-float and larger boat excursions. Enjoy the nature, the history, and the hospitality found here.
Relaxation is key in quiet rooms where TV's and room telephones are absent and beds are extra plush. The historic lodge houses décor reflecting the Inn's historic past, surrounding nature and laid-back Montana style. Twin porch swings hint at the Inn's slower pace and no-rush dining in the Dining Car Restaurant and on the new heated covered patio, affords guests the chance to take a break from the trails and have a refreshing beverage and local specialties while taking in stunning mountain views, fresh air, and the occasional passing train.
Glacier national Park is a 1,583 square mile wilderness in Montana's Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It's crossed by the mountainous "Going-to-the-Sun" Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears.
We will have an interpretive tour over Going-to-the-Sun road in large window, air-conditioned coaches. Experience Glacier Park from the cultural and historical perspective of the Blackfeet Indians. Included are photo stops, rest stops, Logan Pass, Museum, Goat Lick, and a lunch stop (on your own). This is a very comfortable ride with soft seats, arm rests and legroom. One day you will be on your own to take advantage of the other activities listed above, rent a car, explore, or just relax.
On Friday, August 4, we will begin our journey home by boarding Train #28, "The Empire Builder," traveling overnight on the train, and arriving in Chicago the following afternoon. Once again, there will be enough time to have dinner, if so desired, before boarding Train #30, "The Capitol Limited," bound for Toledo where our motor coach will be waiting to take us back to Bellevue, completing our journey.
Important Facts to be aware of:
- There are no elevators and there are a very limited number of rooms on the first floor.
- There is no cell phone reception and no in-room phones; there are pay phones available.
- There are no TVs in the rooms.
- There is a lobby area with comfortable seating and cozy fireplace.
- All transportation as listed; motor coach transfers and coach accommodations on Amtrak
- Interpretive tour of Glacier National Park
- Three nights accommodations at Izaak Walton Inn
- Experienced tour escort
- Baggage handling where applicable
- All applicable taxes and gratuities
- Arrangements made by Uptown Travel
- $1179 per person, double occupancy
- $1589 per person, single occupancy