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American Spirit Rail lets you rediscover the Old West
by Jerry W. Bird

Having driven much of the scenic route from Montana via Great Falls, Helena, Glacier National Park , Kalispell, Couer d'Alene, Idaho and Spokane, Washington to Seattle on the Pacific Coast, our editors were pleased to receive the material on this page about American's best daylight train journey. It's the American Spirit Rail tour, formerly known as the Montana Daylight. Passing through many parts of the country impossible to see any other way, its refurbished 1940 and '50 s rails cars, including 'dining car' add a touch of nostalgia and are a class act. Tour highlights include mountain scenery in national parks, native sites, old West museums and much more.

As the map (below) indicates, the rail segment is supplemented by motor coach connections including six US states and the Canadian Province of Alberta (Waterton National Park). Contact your travel agent or Montana Rail Tours at (888) 533-7245 or the website: www.americanspiritrail.com