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You set your own flexible schedule on these unescorted Rail Vacations. Decide where you want to go and we’ll lock in your hotel reservations, sightseeing attractions, activities, dining and more!

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  • Independent Rail Journeys

Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

9 Days | from $1,099

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 $1,749

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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Rails to the Grand Canyon

5 Days | from $1,049

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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Grand Canyon Express

10 Days | from $2,049

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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Grand Rail Experience Roundtrip from Los Angeles

14 Days | from $3,199

Los Angeles New Orleans Washington Chicago Seattle Los Angeles

With stops in some of the nation’s top cities, this roundtrip, around-the-country journey from Los Angeles is sure to please any train-buff or adventurous sightseer! This train lover’s journey connects five of Amtrak’s top train routes around the country: The...

  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans
  • Monuments by Moonlight tour in Washington, DC
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*


PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to New Orleans on the Sunset Limited®; from New Orleans to Washington, DC on the Crescent®; from Washington, DC to Chicago on the Capitol Limited®; from Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®; and from Seattle to Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight®.
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations; 7 nights' onboard Amtrak

*Seattle hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour is seasonal. Seattle CityPASS® will be included in the off-season. The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

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Ultimate Canada and Rockies Westbound

13 Days | from $4,799

Toronto Niagara Falls Jasper Banff Vancouver

Learn what truly makes the Canadian Rockies so majestic on this amazing journey through four different cities. Tour all the splendid sites of Toronto, including the lovely Harborfront. Get up close and personal with Niagara Falls with a ride on the lake. Sip local...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Toronto
  • Admission to the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Sightseeing city tour of Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Sightseeing tour of Jasper National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of the Icefields Parkway
  • Admission to the Jasper Skytram and Lake Maligne Cruise*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Admission to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

  • *Lake Cruise is seasonal and runs from June – September

Package Also Includes:

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights onboard VIA Rail®
  • One-way VIA Rail in economy accommodations from Toronto to Jasper; Jasper to Vancouver on The Canadian®
  • Roundtrip shared transfers between Jasper and Banff
  • 2meals (2 lunches)


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Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria Rail Journey

7 Days | from $1,619

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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California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Eastbound

9 Days | from $1,649

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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California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Westbound

9 Days | from $1,599

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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California Zephyr Rail Experience

7 Days | from $559

Chicago San Francisco

Experience America riding on one of its most scenic train routes: the California Zephyr®! After beginning your journey in Chicago with a little sightseeing, ride the rails west across the country. From the waving wheat fields of the Great Plains, to the craggy peaks...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to the Chicago Skydeck at the Willis Tower
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco


Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to San Francisco on the California Zephyr®
  • 4nights' hotel accommodations, 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
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