Empire Builder Route Atlas
Chicago, Illinois to Seattle,
Train Numbers 7 (westbound) and 8
Once on board..... click "next" (toward Seattle) or "previous" (toward Chicago) to take the virtual rail journey at your leisure.
Click on at any time to go to the "Route Overview Page" where you may again jump to any station along the route.
Each "station stop" includes a photo of the station, a local street map, local transportation options, and links to many more items of local interest. Between station stop pages there are detailed station to station maps and links to all of the counties that you pass through along the way.
Enjoy the Ride!
Amtrak Route Description
The following has been extracted from Amtrak's "Empire Builder" Route Guide.
"Just a few generations ago, the route of the Empire Builder was wilderness, roamed by Native Americans and buffalo. Later, fur traders and gold miners visited it. And still later, it was developed by merchants, timber men, farmers and - most dramatically - by railroaders.
In this northern plains country, the greatest railroader of all was James J. Hill, a freewheeling, big-dealing tycoon who linked St. Paul and Seattle with his Great Northern Railway. He acquired the land, built the tracks and even encouraged homesteading along the route. In the process, 'Empire Builder' Hill came to govern the fate and fortunes of a good part of this powerfully beautiful area... "
The rail travel distance between Chicago and Seattle via the Empire Builder is a little over 2,200 miles and the scheduled rail travel time is about two full calendar days; just over 47 hours.