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

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Zion National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Parks

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Grand Junction on the California Zephyr®
  • Roundtrip transfers from Grand Junction to Springdale
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
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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 - GRAND JUNCTION
Today, arrive in Grand Junction and check into your hotel for an overnight stay. Grand Junction offers something for everyone to enjoy, from farm-to-table cuisine, hiking, fishing, some of the best golf in the state, shopping, arts and culture, and so much more. Stroll along the Riverfront Trail or browse the boutiques, bookstores, and galleries of downtown. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 3 - ARCHES & CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS
Today, you’ll be picked up in Grand Junction to begin your tour, starting with Arches & Canyonlands National Parks. Travel 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 area. Finally, your tour will take you through Monument Valley, where ‘the earth meets the sky,’ and along beautiful Lake Powell before continuing to Springdale, where you’ll check in for a two-night stay. Rest up tonight before continuing your journey through Utah’s National Parks. (Overnight in Springdale)

DAY 4 - ZION NATIONAL PARK
Resume your tour of Utah today with an incredible journey through Zion National Park, featuring picturesque trails, stunning vistas, vermillion cliffs, canyons, jagged skyline, and interesting flora and fauna. The tour will take you to all the popular sights, including Court of the Patriarchs, Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, Temple of Sinawava and the Grotto. Later, return to Springdale for a relaxing evening.  (Overnight in Springdale)

DAY 5 - BRYCE CANYON AND CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARKS
Enjoy your final day touring with a visit to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. At Bryce Canyon, discover the largest collection of rock hoodoos and natural rock amphitheaters on earth. Highlights of the journey through Bryce Canyon include Fairyland Point, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and Inspiration Point. Have your camera ready as you drive along Scenic Byway UT-12 and pass slickrock canyons, towering plateaus and massive red rock formations. Then, you’ll drive through Waterpocket Fold reef geologic formation and witness the amazing sandstone domes resembling capitol buildings – both of which give the national park its name. Return to Grand Junction this evening for an additional overnight stay. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 6  - OVERNIGHT 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 7 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

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.

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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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