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Discover the mighty five national parks of Utah - Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef - on this eight-day rail journey from Chicago. Be treated to breathtaking sightseeing tours of Arches and Canyonlands with spectacular views of the unique geography of the area including the dramatic arches. Discover the beauty of the Southwest and the spires, pinnacles, balance rocks and fins you may have only seen in photos as you drive around Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion. Gorgeous year-round, this vacation promises incredible views, and plenty of sunshine and relaxation!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Free days to explore Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodationsfrom Chicago to Grand Junction on the California Zephyr®
  • nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights’ onboard Amtrak
  • 5 day compact car rental
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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 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN CHICAGO 
    Board Amtrak’s famous California Zephyr train at Chicago’s Union Station today for the overnight journey to Grand Junction, Colorado. Relax and enjoy comfortable accommodations onboard the train, and of course, incredible views out your window! (Overnight onboard Amtrak) 

    DAY 2 MOAB 
    Today, arrive in Grand Junction and pick up your car rental to head to Moab, nestled between Arches and Canyonlands National Park. Check into your hotel for atwo-night stay and you can begin exploring or rest up for your adventures tomorrow. (Overnight in Moab)

    DAY 3 ARCHES & CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS 
    Today, begin your sightseeing of Utah’s mighty 5, starting with Arches & Canyonlands National ParksTravel to Island on the Sky, a mesa perched 1,500 feet high offering spectacular panoramic vistas of Canyonlands National Park. Discover the dramatic arches, pinnacles, spires, balance rocks and fins of this truly breathtaking areaRelax tonight before continuing your journey through Utah’s National Parks. (Overnight in Moab)

    DAY 4BRYCE CANYON AND CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARKS

    Enjoy the day visiting Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks at your leisure.Have your camera ready as you drive along Scenic Byway UT-12 and pass slickrock canyons, towering plateaus and massive red rock formations. Drive through Waterpocket Fold reef geologic formation and witness the amazing sandstone domes resembling capitol buildings – both of which give Capitol Reef National Park its name. At Bryce Canyon, discover the largest collection of rock hoodoos and natural rock amphitheaters on earth. (Overnight in Springdale) 

    DAY 5ZION NATIONAL PARK

    Journey through Zion National Park, featuring picturesque trails, stunning vistas, vermillion cliffs, canyons, jagged skyline, and interesting flora and fauna. Be sure to visit popular sights, including Court of the Patriarchs, Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, Temple of Sinawava and the Grotto. (Overnight in Springdale) 

    DAY 6GRAND JUNCTION

    At your leisure today, begin the drive back to Grand Junction today. There is no rush so be sure to go back and visit any scenic vistas or hotspots you missed at any of the parks visited(Overnight in Grand Junction) 

    DAY 7OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

    Depart on Amtrak this morning from Grand Junction for your overnight journey back to Chicago. Sit back and relax onboard the California Zephyr and enjoy the spectacular desert views as you make your way east. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

    DAY 8YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO 

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

    Passports are required to cross the Canadian Border.

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Moab

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Moab

At the Fairfield by Marriott® Moab you will have easy access to the trip of a lifetime! Our hotel is the closest to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Park which is the perfect starting point to your Moab adventure: World class mountain biking, 4 wheel driving, and hiking trails, River rafting, jet boat river tours and complimentary family-friendly activities. Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and stock up on snacks for the day from our Corner Market. Our inviting and spacious rooms include features such as smart TVs with access to Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube streaming features. Each room is also equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and complimentary high speed WiFi. Spend the afternoon by the beautiful outdoor pools, enjoy an easy stroll by the river, or a workout in our fitness center.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Moab

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Moab

NEAREST HOTEL TO ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS.
SpringHill Suites Moab offers two stunning pools, four hot tubs, eight waterfalls, and a kid's canyon complete with a splash pad. Feel free to soak up the sun or take a refreshing dip after a full day of adventures in Moab. Begin the day with our complimentary hot breakfast buffet or grab a quick snack in our 24-Hour Corner Market. Our smoke-free hotel offers complimentary High speed wireless internet across the entire property. After a full day of exploring all that Moab has to offer, relax in one of our spacious suites equipped with flat screen TVs with access to Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube streaming features. Dining options are just minutes from our hotel.

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 Express Springdale - Zion National Park

Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park

Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion National Park is perfectly situated just outside of Zion National Park and is tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon. Our recently renovated hotel has been thoughtfully designed to echo the natural beauty and elegance of Zion National Park. This premier Zion National Park lodging choice has spectacular scenic views, a fantastic location, and excellent amenities. Our guests will appreciate our comfortable beds, superior bath products, convenient business center, and 24-hour fitness center. We also have a seasonal swimming pool and year-round hot tub with amazing views, walking paths near the Virgin River, manicured grounds to recharge in nature, easy access to Zion and the town of Springdale via the free shuttle, a delicious hot breakfast to start your day off right, and so much more!

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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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