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California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Westbound

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Trip Overview

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 of Chicago, where you’ll get to explore the best attractions and activities the city has to offer. From there, you’ll board the California Zephyr to Denver and the majestic Rocky Mountains for a two-night stay. The included day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park will be an adventure all its own. Following another night onboard Amtrak, you’ll arrive in San Francisco, where sightseeing is at its finest, including stops at the Golden Gate Bridge and Haight Ashbury.

Highlights

  • 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
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1             YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! This is an international city where art, culture, and history collide to offer you one of the most unique vacations. From gorgeous architecture to delicious cuisine, intriguing history, and world-class entertainment, the Windy City has it all! After you check into your hotel, the entire rest of the day and evening is yours to explore on your own. Make sure to visit the Skydeck with your included admission. No trip to Chicago would be complete without taking in the 360-degree views from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 2             CHICAGO
Spend today discovering the most popular attractions throughout the city with your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Enjoy 14 different stops, including the iconic Centennial Wheel on the Navy Pier, visit Millennium Park, John Hancock Tower, Magnificent Mile, and so much more! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 3             OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Continue your journey westbound onboard Amtrak toward Denver. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4             DENVER
When you arrive in the “Mile High City” of Denver, Colorado, check into your hotel. Then, the remainder of the day and evening is yours to explore on your own. Located at the base of the mesmerizing Rocky Mountains, this vibrant city invites you to take in the sights and discover the best it has to offer. Visit Red Rocks Park, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, and so much more! (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 5             DENVER
Experience the majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains on a small group day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Widely celebrated for its abundance of wildlife and spectacular views, Rocky Mountain National Park will make you feel like you're on top of the world! Enjoy an included picnic lunch and several photo opportunities before heading back to your hotel for the evening. (Overnight in Denver)


DAY 6             OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Continue your journey westbound onboard Amtrak toward San Francisco. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)


DAY 7             SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to beautiful San Francisco! Today the day and evening will be spent traveling on your own. Check in to your hotel and begin exploring the City by the Bay. (Overnight in San Francisco)


DAY 8             SAN FRANCISCO
Today will be a day packed with sightseeing with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all of San Francisco's most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Haight Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts, and so much more! Feel free to hope on and off at any of the 27 featured stops to discover the city at your own leisure. There is plenty to experience! Who knows, you may even stumble upon some hidden gems and local favorites! (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 9             YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D -Dinner

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Clarion Hotel Denver Central

Located at the crossroads of I-25 & I-70 just north of Downtown Denver, the Quality Inn Central hotel in Denver, CO offers an affordable and convenient place to stay in Denver.

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

Of all San Francisco hotels, Holiday Inn San Francisco Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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