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  • Independent Rail Journeys

Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

9 Days | from $1,549

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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Map route of Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Great American – Majestic Landscapes from San Francisco

12 Days | from $3,349

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 $999

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 $2,449

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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Map route of Grand Canyon Express

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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Map route of Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria Rail Journey

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

Great American – Southern Trail

17 Days | from $4,899

Los Angeles San Antonio New Orleans New York City

Climb aboard Amtrak for a scenic 14-day journey across the American south. Enjoy sunny Hollywood on a guided tour of city and the homes of the stars! Then board the famous Sunset Limited your journey across the southern part of the country and into Texas, the Lone Star...

  • Sightseeing tour in Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off w/ River Walk Boat Cruise + Tower of the America's admission
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans
  • Atlanta CityPASS® including:
    • Georgia Aquarium
    • World of Coca-Cola

    • CNN Studio Tours

    • Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights
    • Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Admission to Top of the Rock Observation Deck in New York City
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • Monuments by Moonlight Tour
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York
  • Admission to the Top of the Rock

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to San Antonio; San Antonio to New Orleans; New Orleans to Atlanta; Atlanta to Washington, DC; and Washington, DC to New York on the Sunset Limited®, Crescent®, and Northeast Regional®

  • 14 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' on board Amtrak

  • 1 meals included (1 brunch)
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Map route of Great American – Southern Trail

Glacier National Park Express

10 Days | from $3,399

Chicago Glacier National Park Seattle

This 10-day trip onboard Amtrak from Chicago to Glacier National Park to Seattle is one you won't want to miss! Your tour kicks off in Chicago, where you'll enjoy an architecture sightseeing cruise of the Chicago River. Next up is Glacier National Park! Savor its...

  • Sightseeing architecture cruise of Chicago
  • Two Medicine Valley Boat Cruiseof Glacier National Park*
  • Big Sky Circle Tour of Glacier National Park*
  • Admission to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit
  • Sightseeing citytour of Seattle

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Glacier National Park and Glacier National Park to Seattle onboard the Empire Builder®
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)

*Seasonal activity: Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat cruise runs early June to early September and Big Sky Circle Tour runs mid-June to mid-September.

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Map route of Glacier National Park Express

Grand National Parks of the Southwest – Bryce & Zion to the Grand Canyon

9 Days | from $3,819

Chicago Grand Junction Grand Junction Capitol Reef National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Springdale Zion National Park Williams Grand Canyon National Park Williams Chicago

If you’ve been imagining what it would be like to experience some of the most beautiful, untamed landscapes of the American Southwest, this nine-day, eight-night roundtrip rail journey is the perfect adventure! Immerse yourself in the mysterious and soul-stirring...

  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour of Zion National Park and Lake Powell
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Grand Junction on the California Zephyr®; Williams to Chicago on and Southwest Chief®
  • Transfer from Grand Junction to Springdale; Springdale to Williams, AZ
  • Roundtrip in Coach accommodation on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
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Map route of Grand National Parks of the Southwest – Bryce & Zion to the Grand Canyon

Grand Rail Experience Roundtrip from Los Angeles

14 Days | from $2,799

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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Map route of Grand Rail Experience Roundtrip from Los Angeles
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