Top Spots Along Amtrak’s Empire Builder Route
Nature is known to be a show off, but along the Empire Builder she’s pulled out all the stops.
For those of you looking for an Instagram -worthy adventure, Amtrak’s Empire Builder takes you on an adventure through Big Sky Country to the picturesque Pacific Northwest with stops in between sure to satisfy the outdoorsy and homebody alike.
We’ve recapped a few stops you don’t want to miss as you follow Louis and Clark’s historic path westward. Let’s get started!
Whitefish, MT: Nestled in the heart of Rocky Mountain wilderness near the famed Glacier National Park, Whitefish is that perfect little town with big charm. At dusk the streets are twinkling with lanterns strung over tourists and locals as they soak in the shopping, arts and stunning views. Fish in clear mountain streams, or explore all the wilderness available for hiking and woodland creature gazing. In the winter, end the day with a sleigh ride and some hot cider.
St. Paul, MN: The Saintly City has some unexpected excursions to check off your list. See where liquor was transported during the Prohibition era in the Wabasha Street Caves, or take in some lake views at the Saint Paul Shoreline. All that walking will have you hungry, so head over to the Grand Avenue Dining District for a bite, and don’t forget to visit the famous Grand Ole Creamery for some homemade ice cream (two scoops of Mexican chocolate, please!).
Seattle, WA: The Emerald City is certainly a gem. From the legendary Pike Place Market to unbeatable views of majestic Mt. Olympus at the top of the Space Needle, grab a cup of joe at Starbucks’ first shop and take in all that this city has to offer. Properly caffeinated? Head down to Pioneer Square and grab a book from Seattle’s Mystery Bookshop, or watch the game in one of the area’s 19 sports bars.
Taken a ride on the Empire Builder? Tell us your favorite sights and stops in the comments below.