Train Travel Glacier National Park & Western Montana

Train Travel

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Train Travel: Amtrak's Empire Builder

Amtrak's Empire Builder train service carries passengers through the northern section of Montana's Glacier Country and is a relaxing way to see the area's stunning terrain. Amtrak operates daily from Seattle and Portland, as well as Minneapolis and Chicago, making stops in Browning, Cut Bank, East Glacier, Essex, West Glacier, Whitefish and Libby.

So hop aboard, relax and enjoy the ride as your train rumbles past Glacier National Park, through the Rocky Mountains and across golden prairies.

The Yellowstone you haven’t seen yet.

The wild beauty of Yellowstone National Park spills over for miles. Snow seekers come to Yellowstone Country Montana for panoramic expanses of pure white against impossibly blue skies.

Highlights along Amtrak's journey through Glacier Country

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Cut Bank

Just 25 minutes west of Cut Bank you'll find a monument to early explorer Meriwether Lewis, memorializing his search for a pass through the Rocky Mountains. This area is often noted for the coldest mid-winter temperatures in the country. From the trail, you'll be able to see views of the Rockies, Sweetgrass Hills and even the Canadian border. Community highlights include Glacier County Historical Museum and the Cut Bank International Airport.


Serving as headquarters for the Blackfeet Nation, Browning is located on the rolling foothills just east of Glacier National Park. Each summer the community hosts North American Indian Days, one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes to celebrate the native way of life. Additional community highlights include the Museum of the Plains Indian, Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village and The Blackfeet Heritage Center.

East Glacier

Built in 1913, this stop in East Glacier is located across from Glacier Park Lodge. The lodge was built by the Great Northern Railway to promote rail travel and to attract tourists to this beautiful corner of Montana.

Marias Pass

The empire builder follows the "mystery pass" through the Rocky Mountains sought by Lewis and Clark and established by John Stevens in 1889. It's here that you cross the Continental Divide at 5,216 feet. Look for a monument to President Theodore Roosevelt.


Home to the Izaak Walton Inn, Essex is a flag stop for Amtrak. Originally housing snow removal crews for the Great Northern Railroad, today the inn is a popular year-round stop for visitors, especially railroad buffs and cross-country skiers.

West Glacier

This stop, the Belton, is located in West Glacier at the western entrance of Glacier National Park. Located across from the railroad depot is the historic Belton Chalet.


Located in downtown Whitefish, this alpine-style station welcomes visitors to its vibrant community and its nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort. This western resort town is an ideal four-season destination, providing stellar skiing, snowboarding, water sports, hiking, biking, theater and award-winning restaurants.


Amtrak services this northwest Montana community, an incredible gateway to this quiet corner of Montana, an area rich with outdoor recreation. Community highlights include Turner Mountain Ski Area, Libby Dam, the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and the Kootenai River.

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Trains in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 12.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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