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Experience the true grandeur of America’s national parks on this 13-day rail holiday to Rocky Mountain, Arches and Canyonlands, Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite National Parks! Of course, you’ll also be stopping in some iconic cities along the way, such as Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco, and riding aboard the famous California Zephyr train! All of these places should be on your travel bucket list! Why? Because North America’s national parks are priceless treasures filled with unforgettable adventures and scenery. By the time you wrap up this rail journey, you’re bound to have collected many memories and photographs.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountains National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour of Zion National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Capitol Reef & Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park

    PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Denver to Grand Junction; Grand Junction to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco on California Zephyr®
  • Roundtrip transfers from Grand Junction to Springdale
  • Roundtrip transfers from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
  • 11 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 DENVER
Welcome to the Denver, AKA, the “Mile High City.” This scenic metropolis is located 5,280 feet above sea level and offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. After you check into your hotel, you’ll have lots of free time to start exploring all Denver has to offer. There is much to see and do, like Red Rocks Park, the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo and more. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 2                    DENVER
Today, you’ll enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park! Departing from Denver, this small group tour features some awesome highlights that are sure to get you excited. Along the way, you’ll pass historic towns and breath-taking landscapes. Once in Rocky Mountain National Park, have an included picnic lunch, view wildlife, see the continental divide, relax alongside rivers and streams, and see the Stanley Hotel (made famous inThe Shining). There is also an optional hike you can take. Rocky Mountain National Park will make you feel like you’re on top of the world! After the tour, you’ll be transferred back to Denver. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 3                    GRAND JUNCTION
Today, you’ll travel to the Amtrak station on your own to board the iconic California Zephyr train from Denver to Grand Junction. When you arrive, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Stroll along Riverfront Trail, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, go hiking or fishing, play a round of golf, or shop the boutiques. Why not visit A Robin’s Nest, the largest antique store between Denver and Las Vegas, and do some treasure hunting? A must-see is the Colorado National Monument, famous for its red rock canyons and peaceful solitude. Regardless of the time of year, this place is absolutely stunning! (Overnight in Grand Junction).

DAY 4                    ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS
Ready to explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks? Today is the day! Highlights of your tour include the Colorado River, multiple iconic arches, rock pinnacles, spires, and much more. These parks feature some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in America and are sure to illicit plenty of oohs and aahs from anyone who visits. The incredible panoramic vistas you’ll experience of Canyonlands from Island in the Sky is a view that will stay with you for years to come! Following the tour, you’ll be transferred to Springdale where you’ll check into your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Springdale)

DAY 5                    ZION NATIONAL PARK
Prepare for another day of discovering the wonders of Utah’s most breath-taking landscapes. Featuring 200 miles of picturesque trails, stunning vistas, vermillion cliffs, canyons, jagged skyline, and flora and fauna, this national park is a must-visit! Highlights of your tour are Court of the Patriarchs, Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, Temple of Sinawava and the Grotto. There is plenty to see and do without straining yourself, as there are fully-paved paths throughout Zion and many wheelchair accessible points of interest. Simply wander to a comfortable location and take it all the wonderful scenery. And you can’t forget about the wildlife! After your tour, you’ll be transferred back to Springdale. (Overnight in Springdale)

DAY 6                    CAPITOL REEF & BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
Continue your included tour through Utah today. You’ll be picked up in Springdale and transferred to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks en route to Grand Junction. Travel along Scenic Byway UT-12 en route to Bryce Canyon, where the highlights will most certainly be the distinctive hoodoos (red rock pillars), bristlecone pine trees (the oldest trees in the world), and views from Sunrise, Sunset, and Inspiration Points. In Capitol Reef (the least known and least crowded park in Utah), explore the mesmerizing cliffs, hidden arches, massive sandstone domes that resemble capitol buildings, and deep canyons. The scenery speaks for itself with plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos or simply admire the views. See the park’s most famous attraction, the Waterpocket Fold. Back in Grand Junction, spend your evening on your own strolling along Riverfront Trail or enjoying some farm-to-table cuisine. (Overnight Grand Junction)

DAY 7                    SALT LAKE CITY
Travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board your train to Salt Lake City. When you arrive, check into your hotel and then begin getting to know the “Crossroads of the West.” (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 8                    WEST YELLOWSTONE
Early this morning, hop on your included transfer service that will take you to West Yellowstone. Yellowstone is widely held to be the first national park in the world and is home to the most impressive geothermal features in North America. The sights here are simply stunning and will not disappoint. After you arrive in the early evening, you can settle into your hotel for a good night’s sleep. You have a full day of sightseeing ahead of you tomorrow! (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

DAY 9                    WEST YELLOWSTONE
America’s first national park is yours to explore today!  Your tour picks you up for a journey through Yellowstone.  Along the way, your guide will provide some amazing insights into the park, its history, and of course, its abundant wildlife.  Famous spots such as Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Hayden Valley, and Yellowstone Lake are all part of the experience.  There is no place on earth like Yellowstone National Park. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

DAY 10 O             VERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, you’ll take your included transfer from West Yellowstone back to Salt Lake City for your included dinner before travelling on your own to the Amtrak station to board your overnight train to beautiful San Francisco! (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 11                 SAN FRANCISCO
When you arrive in San Francisco, travel on your own to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your leisure. Visit iconic landmarks—like the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, or Coit Tower—historic districts, coffeehouses, Fisherman’s Wharf, or simply relax and take it easy. A favourite for travellers is taking a ferry ride on their own to see Alcatraz Prison or embarking on a Bay cruise. Stop to see the famous switchbacks of Lombard Street, or relax in Mission Dolores Park. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 12                 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy your ride out to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco today! Are you ready to discover all the beauty and wonder of a national park that has been touted to be among the most beautiful places in the world? Located along the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California, Yosemite’s remote corners and beaten paths never get old. During your day tour of Yosemite from San Francisco, you’ll get to experience the park’s legendary landmarks, views, and history. See El Capitan (look for rock climbers high up on the rock face), Yosemite Falls, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, and Yosemite Village from a unique perspective and learn all about the park’s history. Find peace and serenity among giant sequoia trees or when sitting by the Merced River. Following your sightseeing tour, you’ll be transferred back to San Francisco for your final night’s stay. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 13 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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

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.

Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction

Step into a resort-style paradise at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction hotel. Your premier upscale Grand Junction hotel is newly renovated and overlooks the lush valley and famous bluffs of the Grand Mesa Plateau. Located just minutes from Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) with easy access to I-70, our Grand Junction hotel is also close to local businesses like West Star Aviation, St. Mary's Hospital, Community Hospital as well as Colorado Mesa University, local vineyards, wineries and historic Downtown Grand Junction

Grand Vista Hotel

The Grand Vista Hotel is conveniently located near the airport in Grand Junction and is close to Colorado Mesa University and the Two Rivers Convention Center.

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

Little America Hotel SLC

Little America Hotel is conveniently located on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, just 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges in the magnificent Salt Lake Valley, Little America is within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, cultural and sporting events, and is roughly 30-40 minutes from the major ski resorts. Other nearby attractions include historic Temple Square, the world-famous Great Salt Lake and national parks, forests, and monuments.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

Discover Salt Lake City destinations in the downtown area surrounding the Radisson, from Capitol Theater and Temple Square to the Family History Library, Gateway Shopping Center and City Creek Shopping Center. SLC Airport is just a short commute thanks to the nearby Arena TRAX light rail station, and Hogle Zoo provides hours of entertainment for families.

Gray Wolf Inn And Suites

The Gray Wolf Inn & Suites is conveniently located next to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone - the four-season getaway to Yellowstone National Park. Our free deluxe continental breakfast, included with every room, is served in the lobby adjacent to the signature Gray Wolf lobby fireplace. For dinner we recommend the The Oregon Short Line Restaurant, located two blocks away at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone Hotel.

Yellowstone Park Hotel

Built in 2007 and featuring an attractive list of amenities and a AAA® Three-Diamond rating, the well-appointed, non-smoking Yellowstone Park Hotel has earned a loyal guest following. Best of all, it's located three blocks from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and less than an hour's drive from the lower geyser basin and Old Faithful.

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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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