I'm just starting to research a relaxed tour through Glacier for 2009. I have car camped in Glacier many times so I'm very familiar with the park and surrounding area. But I have not toured in/through the park. I'm trying to decide whether to drive out or use Amtrak. I will be coming from Minnesota and could take The Empire Builder to E Glacier or W Glacier and then tour through the park for several days. Yes I know it can be done in a day or two but I want to be there for at least a week.
After looking at the Amtrak website I don't think W Glacier would work because I don't think it has baggage service there. I could start and finish in E Glacier. Has anyone done a trip like this using the Empire Builder? Are there any issues with taking the bike and panniers on the train? If Amtrak is too much of a hassle I will drive out. I would then need to figure out where to leave the car.
Most of the campgrounds in the park have hiker/biker sites which are cheap ($5) and should work well for what I'm planning.
Any comments and feedback would be appreciated.