Washington, USA

Empire Builder Epic

DURATION

10 Days

PRICE

$4,188

LEVEL

Advanced

DAILY DISTANCE

70-100 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included) & train ride

INCLUDED MEALS

All meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

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 American Alps, the International Selkirk Loop and Glacier National Park  – spinning through three states and returning to the start on a one-of-a-kind train ride. Take on the Cascade, Selkirk and even the Rocky Mountain ranges as you spin through this 700-mile, 10-day extravaganza. On arrival in Whitefish, Montana, hop aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder train – with private sleeping cars – and head back to Seattle.

National Parks on This Tour: Glacier National Park

*Please note: A 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.

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Glacier National Park. Bicycle Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.

Day 01

Take the Mountain Loop Scenic Byway to the base of the Cascade Mountains.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Buffalo Run Inn

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

100 miles

Elevation

+3871 ft / -3606 ft

Meet us in Seattle (or at Bicycle Adventures’ World Headquarters). We’ll skip the traffic and shuttle north to a bakery in Snohomish, then bicycle the Mountain Loop Scenic Byway through northern Washington to the tiny town of Marblemount at the base of the Cascade Mountains – gateway to the “American Alps.”

Day 02

Ride the "American Alps" through North Cascades National Park.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Mazama Country Inn

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

75 miles

Elevation

+5420 ft / -3638 ft

Today’s route features 5,000 feet of climbing and stunning backdrops as we ride through the heart of North Cascades National Park. See why the region has earned the nickname “The American Alps.” It’s a 50-mile gradual climb on the North Cascades Scenic Highway to Washington Pass. Marvel at the magnificent views before enjoying a 25-mile descent into the Methow Valley, home to the wild-west themed town of Winthrop.

Day 03

Ride through the oldest wildlife area in the state into the heartland of Washington.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Peppertree Inn, Omak

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

60 miles

Elevation

+4041 ft / -5185 ft

From Mazama, ride through Okanagan National Forest, skirting the edge of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area – the oldest wildlife refuge in Washington State – a nearly 19,000-acre park that was originally a mule deer preserve. Cedars, hemlock and Douglas fir give way first to scattered ponderosa pines, then sagebrush and finally wide-open prairies. Today’s ride lands us in Omak, nestled just below the Canadian border on the Okanagan River.

Day 04

Omak, Washington to Colville via historic Kettle Falls.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Comfort Inn, Colville

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

128 miles (or less)

Elevation

+8041 ft / -7441 ft (or less)

As you head toward the Selkirk Mountains, you leave the prairie behind and pedal back up into stands of ponderosa pine and aspen. Watch for white-tailed deer, moose, and blue grouse! The 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 05

Ride from Colville to gorgeous Sandpoint, Idaho, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Edgewater Resort

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

126 miles (or less)

Elevation

+5169 ft / -4653 ft (or less)

100+ miles of cycling through beautiful Colville National Forest earns you to a well-earned 2-night stay on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, the second largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

Day 06

Enjoy Sandpoint. Ride, hike, fly-fish, golf, go rock-climbing…you get the idea.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Edgewater Resort

Ability Level

All Levels

Stay put in Sandpoint – a fun-loving mountain town hugging the shores of sparkling Lake Pend Oreille and surrounded by the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges, Ride, hike, play golf, go fly-fishing or try some rock-climbing – take your pick …or try a 12-mile ride (climb) up to Schweitzer Ski Resort, Idaho’s second largest ski area.

Day 07

Cross the Idaho panhandle and visit magnificent Kootenai Falls.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Montana Country Inn

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

98 miles (or less)

Elevation

+3349 ft / -3332 ft (or less)

Finish crossing the Idaho panhandle en route to the historic mining and timber town of Libby, Montana. Mountains and rivers and forests abound. Visit Kootenai Falls – a must see! This sacred site to the Kootenai Indians is one of the largest remaining free-flowing falls in the northwest.

Day 08

Cycle to Whitefish, Montana, gateway to Glacier National Park.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Grouse Mountain Lodge

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

76 miles

Elevation

+5,484 ft / -5,001 ft

Pedal 50 miles of shoreline along Lake Koocanusa (can you figure out how it got its name?) in Kootenai National Forest. From Eureka, MT, shuttle the last miles of busy highway to Whitefish – gateway to world famous Glacier National Park!

Day 09

An epic finale on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Empire Builder (Amtrak)

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

70 miles

Elevation

+7,176 ft / -5,570 ft

Ride up and over the Continental Divide on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and descend to East Glacier. If you haven’t ridden “GTSR”, the signature route through Glacier National Park, you’re in for a treat. From fjord-like Lake McDonald, the road climbs gently. As you get higher and higher, the views unfold: alpine meadows and azure lakes, snow covered 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!

Meals

– Breakfast

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

 

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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