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Trees, Trucks and Toots

We caught the Sunday Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago, after a 7 day cruise to Alaska. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
LandD1
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Rhondda South Wales
What a lovely way to travel! Some balance challenges for sure along w tight sleeping but lovely!

My husband and I took the train west from St Paul and return to West Glacier renting a sleeper... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We caught the Sunday Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago, after a 7 day cruise to Alaska. The train left on time as we settled in our 'Roomette'(Check YouTube for a detailed view). As we went through the Cascades we saw a lot of 'Trees'...More

1  Thank LandD1
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I took the train west from St Paul and return to West Glacier renting a sleeper roomette. If you haven't looked at the youtube videos others have posted you might want to before deciding if this is for you? I knew it...More

2  Thank CJ D
Reviewed 5 days ago

To experience one of the last remaining passenger railroads stopping at a national park, we flew from Florida to Portland at additional expense to ride the Empire Builder to Glacier National Park in July 2018. It was certainly a fun, once-in-a-lifetime family trip we'll always...More

1  Thank MD5555
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Normally I would never travel by train at home, let alone take a 2200 mile journey across the USA but this trip on the Empire Builder came as part of a package holiday. It was sold as an adventure and it was of sorts, just...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We selected Coach because the rooms are pretty expensive. We found the coach seats were comfortable and you could adjust them for sleeping. If you are a side sleeper it was difficult to get a good night's rest, because if you are sharing the seat...More

3  Thank swalker616
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No sleep because a 2 day train ride turned into 3, be aware if you book a sleeper car, the dining car is a long ways away and some of it is really rough walking to get there, Scenery and service was great but the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We left from Milwaukee headed towards Whitefish Montana to visit the Nation Parks. Traveling during the day was fine but the nights were horrible. We did travel Coach without a sleeper car because of the additional expense. When reclined there was no way to get...More

1  Thank pjzplace
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I rode the Empire Builder from Chicago to Glacier National Park in Montana passing through five "big" states. It's definitely a journey, but one that fulfilled a bucket list item. The train is clean (staff even vacuum the carpets when en route) as are the...More

4  Thank 555NotGreat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the Empire Builder from Portland to La Crosse WI. in a roomette, with my spouse. We always wanted to take a trip like this and new perfectly well from all the reviews what we were getting into and what to expect. When you have...More

5  Thank OKtoGOnow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Boarded the train in Chicago. Pre boarding lounge great,but prepare to be done if you buy alcohol. The server kept the change. Excellent tip! Nice place to wait and nibbles served. Check- in easy and straightforward. However, boarding was disorganised chaos! Few sleeper passengers, so...More

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NormanS1132
2 August 2018|
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Response from swiffy_new | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late answer, just to add to what has already been said. If you can, book a roomette. The cost for the sleeper basically covers your meals. The sleepers have also showers in addition to restrooms and are from my... More
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Donna J
4 June 2018|
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Response from CJBCambridge | Reviewed this property |
I have traveled this route several times. If you're looking to enjoy the scenery, the best time would be in mid-June to take advantage of longer daylight hours. If you really want to take in the scenery, it's better to... More
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iluvcello
10 May 2018|
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Response from CJBCambridge | Reviewed this property |
We (family of 6) traveled last August from WI to Glacier Park, MT. We had a Family Bedroom and a Roomette both ways. Our accommodations were sparkling clean, as were the showers and toilets, with one exception. The food was... More
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