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  • Independent Rail Journeys

Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

9 Days | from $2,099

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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Map route of Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

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

Great American – Majestic Landscapes from San Francisco

12 Days | from $3,399

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

Grand Canyon Express

10 Days | from $2,349

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

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 Westbound

9 Days | from $2,049

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

Glacier National Park Express

10 Days | from $3,799

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

Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans

9 Days | from $3,049

Nashville Memphis New Orleans

Take in three of America’s most musical cities on your Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans rail journey! Begin in Nashville, the heart of the Country Music industry. Take a tour of the city and enjoy an unforgettable live music experience at the Grand Ole Opry! Next,...

  • Sightseeing city tour of Nashville with admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B
  • Admission to a Grand Ole Opry performance
  • Sightseeing city tour of Memphis with admission to Graceland
  • New Orleans VISITicket 2 Day PowerPass including:
    • San Francisco Plantation House
    • Mardi Gras World
    • National World War II Museum
    • Creole Cooking Demonstration
    • And many more!
  • Battlefield cruise of New Orleans aboard a paddlewheel boat OR sightseeing walking tour*

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Memphis to New Orleans onboard the City of New Orleans®
  • 9 nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 1-day intermediate car rental
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner or 1 brunch)

*Walking tour includes a choice of the French Quarter Walking Tour, Cemetery and Gris Gris Walking Tour or Original Cocktail Walking Tour

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Map route of Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans

Grand National Parks with Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon

13 Days | from $4,899

Chicago Salt Lake City Yellowstone National Park Salt Lake City San Francisco Yosemite National Park Seattle Glacier National Park Chicago

Three of the nation's greatest national parks await you on this rail journey across America! Take in the great expanse of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains aboard Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders of...

  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone's Lower Loop*
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Motorcoach Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon's South Rim

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco; San Francisco to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Williams; Williams to Chicago in Coach accommodations on the California Zephyr®, Coast Starlight®, and Southwest Chief®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)

*Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour is seasonal. During winter months, Old Faithful Explorer Tour will be substituted.

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Map route of Grand National Parks with Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon

Yellowstone to Yosemite by Rail

11 Days | from $3,399

Chicago Salt Lake City San Francisco Yosemite National Park

Take a leisurely ride from Chicago to the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey that allows you to explore two famous national parks: Yellowstone and Yosemite. Discover Chicago on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Enjoy a narrated sightseeing city tour of Salt Lake...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park*
  • Sightseeing city tour of Salt Lake City
  • Dinner at The Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco on the California Zephyr®
    Roundtrip shuttle transfer from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals included (2 dinners)

*Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour is seasonal. During winter months, Old Faithful Explorer Tour will be substituted.

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Map route of Yellowstone to Yosemite by Rail
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