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Trip Overview

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, board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief for a scenic overnight journey on the train to the Grand Canyon. Spend two nights at the Maswik Lodge in the Canyon and enjoy a tour of the spectacular South Rim during your time there. Then re-board the Southwest Chief for another relaxing overnight onboard the train to Los Angeles, where two more days of sightseeing (and celebrity sighting) await you in the sunny ‘City of Angels.’

Highlights

  • 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)
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! Make the most of your time in the ‘Windy City’ exploring all the top attractions in this friendly, vibrant city. Take a walk down Magnificent Mile, discovering the many shops and restaurants that line the boulevard. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 2   - CHICAGO
Continue exploring Chicago at your leisure today. Be sure to stop by the iconic attractions Chicago has to offer, like the Skydeck Chicago, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, 360 Chicago, and much more. Take your included architecture river cruise and learn about the fascinating history of the impressive buildings that line the river. Dinner this evening at a popular restaurant in Chicago is included. (Overnight in Chicago) D

DAY 3   - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Head to Chicago’s Union Station and board the Southwest Chief for your overnight journey west to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Great Plains and into the sprawling desert landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona the following day. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4   - WILLIAMS, AZ
Wake up to spectacular scenery and a relaxing day on the train. Arrive into Williams, AZ this evening and spend the night in this nature lover’s paradise before heading into the Grand Canyon tomorrow. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 5   - GRAND CANYON
Enjoy breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant this morning before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway for your journey to the Canyon. This classic train ride runs through the largest expanse of ponderosa pine forest views of some charming Southwest scenery. The train ends at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Formed over millions of years, the waters of the Colorado River have carved the Canyon into one of the wonders of the natural world. Your included tour picks you up from the South Rim and takes you all around for sightseeing while your guide provides a wealth of fascinating information about the area. The views are absolutely spectacular! You will stay this evening at the South Rim. (Overnight at the Grand Canyon) B

DAY 6   - GRAND CANYON
Enjoy the day at your leisure today in the Grand Canyon. Relax by the Canyon and just enjoy the atmosphere. Take some time to visit some local attractions such as the historic Hopi House and the sprawling Visitor’s Center. (Overnight at the Grand Canyon)

DAY 7   - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, take the scenic Grand Canyon Railway train from South Rim back to Williams for your train journey to Los Angeles. Before departing, enjoy dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 8   - LOS ANGELES
Welcome to Los Angeles! Get ready to tour the entire ‘City of Angels’ on your hop-on, hop-off tour today. See iconic landmarks, like the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, the Walk of Fame, Paramount Studios, and many more LA hot spots. Be sure to keep your eyes open because you very well may spot a celebrity or two! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 9   - LOS ANGELES
Enjoy the day at your leisure in sunny Los Angeles. Continue discovering the sights you haven’t yet seen with your hop-on, hop-off tour. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 10 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES

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.

Bright Angel Lodge

Bright Angel Lodge, designed in 1935, has a natural, rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. Designed by famed architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (Mary E. J. Colter), it has always been a popular place to stay and the center of South Rim activity. Located just a few feet from the Canyon rim, Bright Angel Lodge is the check-in point for the world famous Grand Canyon Mule Rides.

El Tovar

El Tovar Hotel, the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. In the past, the Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Western author Zane Grey, and many others. Today, El Tovar retains its elegant charm. Located on the Canyon rim, it features a fine dining room (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), lounge and curio shop with newsstand.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Kachina Lodge

Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Kachina Lodge is a great hotel for all guests visiting the South Rim.

Maswik Lodge

Maswik Lodge is a modern facility spread over several acres of ponderosa pine forest, located just 1/4 mile from the Canyon's edge. Maswik Lodge features a cafeteria that is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Here you will also find a sports bar with a wide screen TV, a curio shop stocked with handicrafts and gifts, and a transportation/activities desk.

Thunderbird Lodge

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.

The LA Grand Hotel Downtown

When you stay with us, you will find that while you are at the heart of the cultural, finance, and entertainment hub of Los Angeles Downtown, our hotel offers you a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city transforming into your home away from home.

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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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