Explore the “City of Broad Shoulders” by foot and float. Stroll the grand expanse of Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile and take an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River. Spend some time in Chicago’s “Front Yard” amid the museums, fountains and fields of Grant Park.
Ride Navy Pier’s famous Ferris Wheel and then soar to the top of the Willis Tower to test your mettle in a glass box that juts out 103 stories above street level. Enjoy world-class theater, world championship sports and world-famous deep dish pizza.
Historic People and Places
Discover the hometowns and history behind some of the most influential Americans. Learn more about the great explorers Lewis and Clark who set off from St. Louis to map America’s unchartered western territories.
Visit the law offices of a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Ill. Marvel at the ingenuity of a visionary innovator named Henry Ford in Detroit. Find the fighting spirit of Harry S. Truman in Independence, MO.
Ride the rails to some of mid-America’s great waterfronts. Experience what makes the Great Lakes “great,” with a sunset concert on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee or at a heart-stopping air show above Cleveland’s Lake Erie.
Let the power of great rivers move you, as you watch the Mighty Mississippi flow past the St. Louis Arch or marvel as the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers converge in the shadows of Fort Duquesne at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park.
Featured Midwest Route
Chicago - St. Paul/Minneapolis - Spokane - Portland/Seattle
Marvel at the majesty of the northern United States as you travel over mountain passes, through alpine valleys and past 7,000-year-old glaciers. Glide by buttes and bluffs, along mountain streams and across the Mighty Mississippi. With stops in big cities and quaint mountain towns, the Empire Builder invites you to experience culture, nature and rapture in one grand adventure.
"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."