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Trip Type : Group Tour
Amazing Glacier national park-USA_P

Empire Builder Epic

Bicycle Adventures
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
10 days
From: $ 3,974 $ 397 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Seattle
  • Enjoy Ride from Colville to gorgeous Sand Point, Idaho, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille
  • Visit East Glacier National Park
  • See Lake Pend Oreille, the second largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

Short Description

Winner of a National Geographic Adventures '50 Tours of a Lifetime' Award! From Seattle, Washington to East Glacier National Park, Montana, this Epic trip combines portions of three of our favorite tours - the Washington Epic, Idaho's Selkirk Loop and a chunk of the Glacier National Park tours – spinning through three states and finishing with a one-of-a-kind train ride. Take on the Cascade, Selkirk and even the Rocky Mountain ranges as you spin through this 600-mile, 10-day extravaganza. On arrival in Whitefish, Montana, hop aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder train, with private sleeping cars - and head right on back to Seattle.

Stride Take

For those in excellent biking shape, this 600-mile cycling journey from Seattle to Glacier National Park via three mountain ranges will test your leg- and lung-power.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Seattle
End City Seattle
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Itinerary

DAY 1: Meet in Seattle. Ride from Snohomish to Arlington to Marblemount, on the fringe of the Cascade Range.

Meet us in Seattle (or at Bicycle Adventures' World Headquarters). We'll skip the traffic and shuttle north to a bakery in Snohomish, head to the railroad town of Arlington, then bicycle a relatively flat route through northern Washington to tiny Marblemount, at the base of the Cascade Mountains.

DAY 2: Up and over the Cascades.

Today's ride features 5,000 feet of climbing, over gorgeous Washington Pass and into Washington's Wild West - the Mazama / Winthrop area. You'll do a 50-mile gradual climb on the North Cascades Scenic Loop and cruise through Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Finish off with a 25-mile descent into Mazama.

DAY 3: Ride into the heartland - from Mazama to Omak, through the oldest wildlife area in Washington State.

Today's route has about half the elevation gain - 2,500 feet - and lands in Omak, nestled just below the Canadian border on the Okanagan River. From Mazama, ride through part of the Okanagan National Forest and skirt the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, a nearly 19,000-acre park that was originally a mule deer preserve. Cedar and fir give way way to scattered pine, sagebrush and wide open prairie.

DAY 4: Omak, Washington to Colville: 4,000 feet of climbing

As you head toward the Selkirks, you'll begin to leave the prairie behind and pedal up into stands of Ponderosa pine and aspen. Watch for white-tailed deer, moose and blue grouse! Today's route winds through the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area and across Lake Roosevelt, formed by the Grand Coulee Dam.  Ride through Kettle Falls, a former rendezvous point and fishing grounds for the Yakama, Nez Perce, Flathead and Blackfeet tribes (to name a few), whose seasonal salmon catches would net up to 3,000 fish per day! Spend tonight in Colville, a one-time trading center for the Upper Columbia region.

DAY 5: Ride from Colville to gorgeous Sand Point, Idaho, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille

DAY 6: Stay put in Sand Point: ride, hike, fly-fish, golf, go rock-climbing…you get the idea.

...or take a 10-mile ride (climb) up to Schweitzer Ski Resort, Idaho's second largest. Surrounded by the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot ranges, Sandpoint is a fun-loving mountain town hugging the shores of sparkling Lake Pend Oreille. Ride, hike, play golf, go fly-fishing or rock-climbing - take your pick.

DAY 7: Back on the road - 104 miles across the panhandle to Libby, Montana.

DAY 8: Libby to Whitefish, Montana, gateway to Glacier National Park.

DAY 9: East Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road is the perfect finale ride. And oh, yeah, you've got a train to catch.

Today, ride 83 miles over the Continental Divide - the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, Logan Pass - into East Glacier. If you haven't ridden Logan Pass, highest point in Glacier National Park, you're in for a treat. From its beginnings at Lake McDonald, the road gently climbs higher and higher as the views unfold: alpine meadows and lakes, peaks skirted by fields of wildflowers and washed by waterfalls, the occasional bighorn sheep or mountain goat. Utterly spectacular. You've got a 6:00 pm train to catch, though, so sorry...no dawdling!

DAY 10: Wake up on the train. Watch the scenery spin past as you head back to Seattle. We'll miss you! 

Having caught the train on Sunday evening, you'll have spent the evening in the dining car, reminiscing and relaxing, and retire to your private sleeper car. Wake up on Monday morning, have breakfast (still on the train) and arrive in Seattle at about 10:30 am for your return trip home.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

Lodging

  • Buffalo Run Inn
  • Mazama Country Inn
  • Peppertree Inn at Omak
  • Comfort Inn, Colville
  • Edgewater Resort
  • Montana Country Inn
  • Grouse Mountain Lodge
  • Empire Builder (Amtrak)

Additional Information:

Please note: Sleeping car is purchased at the time of reservation, so for this tour there is an additional $100 train fee if you transfer or cancel at any time.

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