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This epic, around-the-country rail exploration of 12 of America’s top national parks will shorten many a bucket list! See the best of the country’s greatest national parks – including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier National Park – the way they were meant to be experienced – by iconic Amtrak train. Take your time discovering these treasured, awe-inspiring sites with accommodations, tours and activities inside each park. And let the train take you in relaxed comfort from destination to destination, with amazing views out your window all along the way. This is the one train journey you’ll be talking about for years to come!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Sightseeing tour or Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour or Bryce, Zion and Capital Reef National Parks
  • Sightseeing wildlife tour of Grand Teton National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Admission to the Skydeck Chicago
  • Sightseeing tour of Glacier National Park
  • Two Medicine Valley boat cruise
  • Admission to the Seattle Space Needle
  • Sightseeing tour of Mount Rainier

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; San Francisco to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Williams; Williams to Chicago; Chicago to Glacier National Park; Glacier National Park to Seattle on the California Zephyr®, Coast Starlight®, Southwest Chief® and Empire Builder®
  • 19 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights onboard Amtrak
  • Roundtrip coach accommodations aboard Grand Canyon Railway
  • 5-day mid-size car rental
  • 6 meals included (3 breakfast, 3 dinners)
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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.

DAY 1 - DENVER
Welcome to Denver and the start of your Grand National Parks of America adventure! The “Mile-High City” 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 in The 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 - DENVER TO GRAND JUNCTION
Board the train this morning for your scenic and comfortable journey to Grand Junction - regarded as one of the most beautiful train trips in North America. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas and the dramatic red rock formations as you enter Grand Junction. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and begin exploring the shops, restaurants and galleries of the charming downtown area. (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 an overnight stay. (Overnight in Springdale)

DAY 5 - ZION, BRYCE AND CAPITAL REEF NATIONAL PARKS
Prepare for another day of discovering the wonders of Utah's most breath-taking landscapes with a day tour to Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef National Parks. Featuring 200 miles of picturesque trails, stunning vistas, vermillion cliffs, canyons, jagged skyline, and flora and fauna, Zion 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. Then travel on 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. At Capitol Reef National Park, explore the mesmerizing cliffs, hidden arches, massive sandstone domes that resemble capitol buildings, and deep canyons. The scenery speaks for itself in all three parks, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos or simply admire the views. 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 6 - GRAND JUNCTION TO SALT LAKE CITY
Enjoy a leisurely day in Grand Junction before traveling on your own to the Amtrak station in late afternoon to board your train to Salt Lake City. When you arrive, check into your hotel and settle in for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 7 - SALT LAKE CITY TO GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Today you will take your rental car and drive up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, your base for discovering Grand Teton National Park. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and have the evening free to relax and explore this charming town. (Overnight in Jackson Hole)

DAY 8 - GRAND TETON TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
This morning, you will be picked up for a half-day wildlife tour of Grand Teton National Park. While enjoying the park's stunning scenery, your guide will take you to some of the best spots for viewing the area's abundant wildlife. Keep your eyes open for the bison, elk, and other animals that make the park their home. This afternoon, take the short drive to Yellowstone and check in at your hotel located in the heart of this national park. (Overnight in Yellowstone National Park)

DAY 9 - 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 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, you'll transfer from West Yellowstone back to Salt Lake City for your included dinner at the iconic Roof restaurant before travelling on your own to the Amtrak station to board your overnight train to beautiful San Francisco! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 - SAN FRANCISCO
Enjoy a scenic day on the train and upon arrival in San Francisco, travel on your own to your hotel and check in. During your time in the city, 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. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 12 - YOSEMITE
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 - SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
Board Amtrak's Coast Starlight today for your journey south to Los Angeles. Enjoy the relaxed ride as the beautiful California coast is revealed to you from the window of the train. Upon arriving into the city, check-in to your hotel and relax before your day of sightseeing tomorrow. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 14 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, enjoy a fun hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Hollywood and the surrounding area. Your guided tour will bring you to such iconic sights as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive. This evening you will travel to the Amtrak station and board the train for your journey to The Grand Canyon. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 15 - WILLIAMS TO GRAND CANYON
Welcome to Williams Junction! This morning your hearty breakfast at the Grand Depot Café in Williams is included before you board the Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon. Upon arriving, you will enjoy a guided tour of the Canyon's South Rim. Keep your camera handy as you will take many pictures of the majestic landscape before you. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon) B

DAY 16 - WILLIAMS
After a good night’s rest, spend the morning at leisure at the Canyon, then in the afternoon take Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams. Enjoy dinner at the Grand Depot Café and spend the evening at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (Overnight in Williams) D

DAY 17 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief bright and early this morning for the scenic overnight journey to Chicago. Enjoy the comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, and of course, incredible views along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 18 - CHICAGO
Arrive in Chicago this afternoon and check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying the “Windy City.” Stroll down the Magnificent Mile for world-class shopping and cuisine, and spend some time at Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Your journey also includes admission to the Skydeck Chicago, which at 1,353 feet, is the highest observation point in the city and provides incredible 360-degree views. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 19 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Spend the morning at your leisure discovering more of Chicago. Later, head to Union Station for your afternoon departure on Amtrak’s iconic Empire Builder train to Glacier National Park. Relax and enjoy the scenic overnight journey. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 20 - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Welcome to Glacier National Park! Upon arrival, check in at the Glacier Park Lodge for a two-night stay and begin to discover your gorgeous surroundings. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 21 - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Today, discover Glacier National Park on the Big Sky Circle Tour. Drive over the breathtaking Maria's Pass. Stop at Goat Lick for some wildlife viewing. Venture along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a windy-mountain thoroughfare that spans 50 miles through the park. Don't forget your camera today as the views are spectacular! (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B, D

DAY 22 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, you'll explore more of the serene sights of Glacier National Park on a scenic boat cruise of Two Medicine Valley. Enjoy a relaxing cruise while listening to the Blackfoot Indian folklore surrounding this gorgeous area. The Two Medicine Valley boat cruise will take your breath away! This evening, make your way to the train station adjacent to your hotel for the comfortable overnight journey to Seattle. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) B

DAY 23 - SEATTLE
Welcome to Seattle! Upon arrival in the city, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Get to know the “Emerald City” with your admission to the Seattle Space Needle, offering 360-degree views of the city from 100 stories up. Also discover the city’s other special attractions, including the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and more! (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 24 - MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
Take a special day trip to Mount Rainier today via comfortable coach. Experience old growth forests, wildflower-filled meadows and massive waterfalls on your tour, enjoy lunch at the café, and visit the interpretive center to learn more about the impressive mountain and its history. Return to Seattle via coach later in the day, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 25 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SEATTLE

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.

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge was built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. Located in East Glacier Park Village it is 3 miles outside of Glacier National Park. The Glacier Park Lodge's 161 guest rooms can accommodate over 500 people.

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.

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.

Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by pinyon and juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the rim. With modern rooms and many services within a few steps, this is a convenient choice for families. Yavapai East rooms feature in-room air conditioning and Yavapai West rooms have vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.

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.

Hampton Inn Jackson Hole

Welcome to the Hampton Inn Jackson Hole hotel, set just minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) and the famous Jackson Town Square, where you will find shopping, dining and entertainment with a taste of the Old West. Best known for its breath taking scenery, clear streams, world-class skiing and abundant wildlife, Jackson Hole, Wyoming provides something for everyone.

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.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Our prime location in the heart of downtown Seattle offers you the combination of majestic Olympic Mountains views, the vibrancy of the Emerald City and the relaxing, quiet magnificence of the Puget Sound.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

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.

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.

Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone

Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone

Canyon Lodge and Cabins is a sprawling facility, featuring the most accommodations in Yellowstone with more than 500 rooms and cabins! The Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone is located on the east side of the park near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

The majestic hotel sits on the shore of Yellowstone Lake and is listed on the Register of Historic Places. The serenity of Yellowstone Lake illuminates through the "Sun Room" windows, as guests daydream to the delicate sounds of a string quartet in the lobby. A casually elegant restaurant features a delightfully extravagant menu. Hotel guestrooms capture the historic 1920's ambiance with 296 guest rooms. A standard room is modernly furnished with a private full bath.

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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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