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Amtraks "Empire Builder" - Chicago to Seattle

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Journey across the United States of America on board Amtrack’s ‘Empire Builder’

Embark on a journey across the fantastic United States of America on board Amtrack's 'Empire Builder'. Venturing from historic Chicago, enjoy your American journey as you skirt across the top of this great nation to trendy Seattle on the western seaboard.

  • Chicago
  • The Willis Tower
  • Chicago's Botanic Garden
  • Amtrak's Empire Builder
  • Seattle
  • The Space Needle
What’s Included
  • 2 nights on board Amtrak’s Empire Builder train
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on a room only basis in 4-Star hotels
  • Return Scheduled Flights
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Amtraks "Empire Builder" - Chicago to Seattle Tour Details

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Days 1-4 Chicago


Fly into Chicago on your first day, where you stay for the next four nights. You are at leisure in Chicago for these first few days, and there is a plethora of things to do in this historic city.

One option is to head up the Willis tower. Once known as the Sears Tower, this 110 story building boasts of some truly fantastic views across Chicago. The Willis Tower was built in 1973, and became the world record holder for the tallest building in the world - beating out the World Trade Centre towers built just 2 years earlier. Set very centrally within the city, and on the shores of the enormous Lake Michigan, going up here is a must-do for city-scape lovers, and those who just want to gaze out at the beauty of Chicago.

Another landmark of Chicago is far more recent. Officially called 'Cloud Gate' but called 'The Bean' locally, this 2006 sculpture by British artist Sir Anish Kapoor is a surprisingly satisfying and iconic sight within modern Chicago. This is a bean shaped and incredibly shiny metal sculpture is a fantastic art instillation, and loved by those who witness it.

For those who are after a greener side to this modern landscape, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a marvellous place to visit. With 27 gardens, including a Green Roof Garden and a Native Plant Garden, this delightful tourist attraction is the ideal way to while away an afternoon after the busy hubbub of Chicago.

Days 5-7 Amtrak's Empire Builder
Amtrak's Empire Builder

To Seattle on the Empire Builder

Day 5 is your final day in Chicago. Today, make your way to the station to board Amtrak's wonderful Empire Builder train.

Your cabin on board the train is a Superliner Roomette. Here, your meals are included, and the large picture window is a perfect way to see the passing scenery. There are also two large reclining seats which converts into a bed. There are also electrical outlets, reading lights, linens, and bottled water on board. The showers and restrooms are in the same train car, but not in the roomette itself.

On board, you traverse the northern states of the U.S.A., discovering the gorgeous changing scenery from busy city to verdant countryside. The major cities to look out for on board include Minneapolis, Spokane, and of course Seattle. Other, more natural, sights to view include the spectacular Columbia Basin which was created over 10 million years ago, as well as the glorious Cascade Mountains, where the tracks pass through the Cascade Tunnel, built in 1929.

You arrive into Seattle on Day 7, where you make your way to your hotel. After, you are at leisure.

Days 8-10 Seattle

In Seattle

You have plenty of time to explore beautiful Seattle. A relatively recent city, having been incorporated in 1869, this city is named for Suquamish Chief, Chief Seattle. The 'Emerald City' has now made a name for itself for being filled with festivals, museums, delicious restaurants, and lively bars.

One of the most iconic things to do whilst in Seattle is to go up the futuristic Space Needle. Like the Willis Tower, in Chicago, this quintessential part of the Seattle skyline offers some incredible views over the entire city, and also the surrounding bodies of water. Entire days can be dedicated to exploring the parts of the city around the Space Needle, as nearby there is also the Museum of Pop Culture, the Pacific Science Centre, and also Chihuly Garden and Glass, which showcases the beautiful works of artist Dale Chihuly.

On Day 10, it is time to depart America. Transfer to the airport today for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Please Note

Please note, it is also possible to do this tour in reverse

Departure Times

Our holidays to the United States typically depart from London between 11am and 2pm. 

On the return journey, our USA tours depart between approximately 7.00pm and 9.00pm.

What’s included
  • 2 nights on board Amtrak's Empire Builder train in a Superliner Roomette
  • 7 nights' accommodation on a room only basis in 4-Star hotels (upgrade to 5-Star hotels available)
  • Flights from London to Chicago, and from Seattle to London (also available in reverse)
  • Airport Transfers

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Superliner Bedroom on the Empire Builder from just £300 per person
  • City tours and other excursions may be arranged for you on request

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

James.E Eaton
James.S Starkie
Laura Strawinski
Amtraks "Empire Builder" - Chicago to Seattle

Journey across the United States of America on board Amtrack’s ‘Empire Builder’


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