Glacier National Park in the Wintertime on Amtrak's Empire Builder
Sunrise over the train depot in Whitefish Montana

Catching the Empire Builder at the picturesque Whitefish Depot, our snowy early morning trip had us glued to the windows of The Sightseer Lounge as we snaked our way through the The Lewis Range along The Middle Fork Flathead River.

Other than snowshoes or cross-country skis, this really is the optimal method of Glacier Park winter exploration. Not surprisingly we, not being big on the idea of walking the icy wilderness with tennis rackets or two-by-fours strapped to our feet, or icicles hanging from our noses, chose the comfort and luxury option of Amtrak.

 

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Glacier was designated a National Park on May 11, 1910, after lobbying efforts by The Great Northern Railway. Most all of the park's early development was directly related to the railroad, in fact The Great Northern built several lodges to increase their tourist traffic.

 

Glacier National Park from Amtrak's Empire Builder!

 

The train skirts along the southern border of the park, and we wore the shutters out on our cameras while climbing up to 5,213 feet to cross the Continental Divide at Marias Pass. From there one could truthfully say, "it's all downhill from here."

Click here for our full trip on Amtrak's iconic Empire Builder

 

Glacier National Park from Amtrak's Empire Builder!

 

Glacier National Park from Amtrak's Empire Builder!

 

Click here for our full trip on Amtrak's iconic Empire Builder

 

Glacier National Park from Amtrak's Empire Builder!

 

Glacier National Park from Amtrak's Empire Builder!

 

The Empire Builder rounds a bend through Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park through the Dome Car on Amtrak's Empire Builder

Glacier National Park from the Sightseer Lounge on Amtrak's Empire Builder

Click here for our full trip on Amtrak's iconic Empire Builder

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com




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