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 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 700-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.

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

Ride the mountain loop to the fringe of the Cascade Range.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Buffalo Run Inn

Ability Level

Advanced

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 through northern Washington to tiny Marblemount at the base of the Cascade Mountains.

Day 02

Up and over the North Cascades National Park.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Mazama Country Inn

Ability Level

Advanced

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 03

Ride into the heartland, through the oldest wildlife area in Washington State.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Peppertree Inn, Omak

Ability Level

Advanced

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 to scattered pine, sagebrush, and wide-open prairie.

Day 04

Omak, Washington to Colville: 4,000 feet of climbing and a ride through Kettle Falls.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Comfort Inn, Colville

Ability Level

Advanced

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 05

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

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Edgewater Resort

Ability Level

Advanced

Today’s ride – all 100+ miles of it – takes 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

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

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Edgewater Resort

Ability Level

Advanced

…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 07

Back on the road - 98 miles across the panhandle to Montana with a view of Kootenai Falls.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Montana Country Inn

Ability Level

Advanced

You are back on the road today crossing the panhandle of Idaho en route to the historic mining and timber town of Libby, Montana. Mountains and rivers and forests abound!

Day 08

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

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Grouse Mountain Lodge

Ability Level

Advanced

Cycle 50 miles of shoreline along Lake Koocanusa (can you figure out how it got its name?) to Eureka. Shuttle on to Whitefish, Montana, the gateway to world-famous Glacier National Park!

Day 09

Ride the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road is the perfect finale.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Empire Builder (Amtrak)

Ability Level

Advanced

Today, ride 70 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!

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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