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  • Independent Rail Journeys

Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

9 Days | from $1,949

Chicago Memphis New Orleans

This nine-day rail journey is perfect for music lovers! Launch your vacation in Chicago and explore its famous blues scene and all the popular sites. Then, enjoy a relaxing train ride as you head to Memphis, the birthplace of rock ‘n' roll. Don’t forget to soak in...

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Sightseeing city tour of Memphis including admission to Graceland
  • Battlefield Cruise in New Orleans aboard a paddlewheel boat
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Memphis and Memphis to New Orleans onboard the City of New Orleans®
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals included (1 dinner, 1 brunch)
  • Jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters


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Great American – Majestic Landscapes from San Francisco

12 Days | from $3,449

San Francisco Napa Valley Denver Rocky Mountain National Park Chicago New York City

Enjoy the best of America on a coast to coast train journey across the entire United States from San Francisco to New York City! Discover all San Francisco has to offer at your own pace. Head out on a tour of the country's most famous wine growing regions: Napa and...

  • Sightseeing tour of Napa and Sonoma
  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Chicago CityPASS® including:
    -Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry)
    -SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass)
    -The Field Museum (VIP Entry)
    -Museum of Science and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
    -Adler Plantarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Hop-on, hop-on sightseeing tour of New York City

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Denver; Denver to Chicago; Chicago to New York City on the California Zephyr® and Lake Shore Limited®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 3 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals (2 dinners)
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Map route of Great American – Majestic Landscapes from San Francisco

Rails to the Grand Canyon

5 Days | from $1,099

Los Angeles Williams Grand Canyon National Park

Get ready for a scenic trip of a lifetime from the City of Angels to the majestic Grand Canyon! Board Amtrak® in Los Angeles and enjoy the picturesque scenery of the great American Southwest as you venture over to Arizona. Your next stop is the magnificent Grand Canyon,...

  • Roundtrip in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to Williams on the Southwest Chief®
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
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Map route of Rails to the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Express

10 Days | from $2,649

Chicago Williams Grand Canyon National Park Los Angeles

Hop onboard the train for an exciting journey from Chicago west to Los Angeles, with a stop at the iconic Grand Canyon in between! Start with two nights in the ‘Windy City,’ discovering the famous sights and classic architecture on a fascinating river cruise. Then,...

  • Sightseeing architecture cruise of Chicago
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of movie stars' homes in Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles

*During the offseason (November - April) the architecture cruise of Chicago will be replaced with a one-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour.

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Williams; Williams to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief®
  • Roundtrip in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway Train
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 3 meals included (1 breakfast, 2 dinners)
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California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Westbound

9 Days | from $2,099

Chicago Denver Rocky Mountain National Park San Francisco

Discover the beauty of cross-country rail travel on this nine-day journey on the California Zephyr Westbound! The train route will take you through some of the most unforgettable scenery and landscapes in North America. Your tip begins with two nights in the Windy City...

  • Admission to Skydeck Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Denver; Denver to San Francisco on the California Zephyr®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations
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Map route of California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Westbound

Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria Rail Journey

7 Days | from $1,819

Vancouver Seattle Victoria

Enjoy seven days of sightseeing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on this multi-city journey. Begin in Vancouver, where you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour that will show you the best of what the dynamic city has to offer. Then experience the beautiful and...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Admission to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Admission to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Victoria
  • Admission to Butchart Gardens in Victoria

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights’ hotel accommodations
  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Vancouver to Seattle on the Cascades®
  • One-way ferry service from Seattle to Victoria, and Victoria to Vancouver

*Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in Seattle is seasonal from May-September. A guided Seattle City tour will be substituted when the hop-on, hop-off tour is unavailable.

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Coast to Coast Across the USA

16 Days | from $5,099

New York City Washington Chicago Williams Grand Canyon National Park Los Angeles San Francisco

Experience America’s greatest cities as well as the majestic Grand Canyon on this 15-day journey. Travel from the bright lights of New York to the Nation’s Capital then on to Chicago’s great architecture and eventually ending in the famous San Francisco Bay. Along...

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City including:
    -Admission to the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
    -Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Monuments by Moonlight tour in Washington, DC
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Freedom Rim Tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to Washington, DC; Washington, DC to Chicago; Chicago to Williams, AZ; Williams to Los Angeles; and Los Angeles to San Francisco on the Northeast Regional®, Capitol Limited®, Southwest Chief®, and Coast Starlight® routes
  • 12 nights' hotel accommodations
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
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Map route of Coast to Coast Across the USA

California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Eastbound

9 Days | from $2,099

San Francisco Denver Rocky Mountain National Park Chicago

This nine-day rail journey will introduce you to sights and moments that are best experienced from the comfort from the train. No matter what the season, the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful cross-country train routes in North America. Your trip begins with...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Denver Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Admissions to Skydeck Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Denver; Denver to Chicago on the California Zephyr®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations
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Map route of California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Eastbound

Essential American – Majestic Landscapes

9 Days | from $2,149

New York City Chicago San Francisco

Enjoy some of the most iconic city and country landscapes on this journey east to west by scenic train. Start with two nights discovering the best sights of New York City, followed by two more nights in Chicago and San Francisco, respectively. Relax and relish in the...

  • Admission to Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to Skydeck Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to Chicago; Chicago to San Francisco on the Lake Shore Limited® and California Zephyr
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations
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Map route of Essential American – Majestic Landscapes

Essential Grand Canyon Discovery

7 Days | from $2,349

Chicago Williams Grand Canyon National Park Flagstaff Sedona

The Grand Canyon and the surrounding landscapes offer some of the most unforgettable experiences in the world. On this seven-day Essential Grand Canyon Discovery rail journey from Chicago, you’ll get to discover the wonder and magic of both the Grand Canyon’s South...

  • Admission to Skydeck Chicago
  • One-way service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Sightseeing tour of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of Sedona

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Williams on the Southwest Chief®
  • One-way shuttle transfer from Maswik Lodge in the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff hotel
  • Roundtrip shuttle transfer from Flagstaff to Sedona
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 1 meal included (1 breakfast)
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Map route of Essential Grand Canyon Discovery
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