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Trip Overview

Travel from the breathtaking great plains of the American Midwest to the serene waters of the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey from Chicago to Seattle to San Francisco, with an exciting day trip to both Sonoma and Napa Valley. Enjoy the landscape as you travel along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. Explore Seattle and San Francisco’s popular sights and attractions before spending some time wine tasting or enjoying some world-class cuisine amongst the gorgeous, rolling vineyards in Sonoma and Napa Valley. And, then you'll head back to the “Windy City” on board one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America.

Highlights

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Sightseeing city tour of Seattle
  • Seattle CityPASS® including:
    • Space Needle
    • Seattle Aquarium
    • Argosy Harbor Cruise
    • Museum of Pop Culture OR Woodland Park Zoo
    • Pacific Science Center OR Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour Sonoma and Napa Valley
  • "San Francisco CityPASS® including:
    • California Academy of Sciences
    • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
    • Aquarium of the Bay OR Walt Disney Family Museum
    • Exploratorium OR San Francisco Zoo"

    Package Also Includes:

    • Roundtrip Amtrak® from Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®; Seattle to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight®; San Francisco to Chicago onboard the California Zephyr® in Coach accommodations
    • 6 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights onboard Amtrak
    • 1 meal included (1 dinner in San Francisco)
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Why Not?

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

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! When you arrive, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the Windy City with your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Must visits include The Navy Pier (it was revamped in 2016 for its 100th birthday), Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park (including the “Bean”), 360 Chicago, the Magnificent Mile, and Lincoln Park Zoo. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAYS 2-3       OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Spend your morning continuing to enjoy the city before heading to the Amtrak station in the afternoon. You’ll board the Empire Builder and head west to Seattle. Travelling from Chicago, the train passes through the city of Milwaukee and follows along the Mississippi river to Minneapolis. Traverse through the heart of the Rockies and Glacier National Park and then the route splits in Spokane before reaching Seattle.
(Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4             SEATTLE
Welcome to Seattle! The “Emerald City” is full of gorgeous sights just waiting for you to discover. Upon arrival, you will travel on your own to your hotel to drop off your luggage. Then, the rest of the day is yours to explore all Seattle has to offer. Use your included CityPASS to see some of Seattle's most popular sights. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 5            SEATTLE
Today, continue using your Seattle CityPASS to get to know the city’s crowd-pleasing landmarks and attractions.Your three-hour guided tour will connect you to downtown attractions such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Seattle Centre, Seattle's Waterfront and more! (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 6             OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
In the morning, you’ll head to the Amtrak station and depart Seattle onboard the Coast Starlight as it makes it way south toward San Francisco. The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unrivalled. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7             SAN FRANCISCO
You’ll arrive in San Francisco in the morning. When you arrive, check in to your hotel and begin using your included CityPASS and hop-on, hop-off to explore this beautiful city. Visit all of San Francisco's great attractions, like Fisherman's Wharf, Downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and many more. You can hop off the tour at any of the designated stops to explore them at your own pace. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 8            SAN FRANCISCO
Today, you can continue using your CityPASS and hop-on, hop-off and spend time checking out what you may have missed yesterday. In the evening, enjoy your included dinner in Fisherman’s Wharf. (Overnight in San Francisco) D

DAY 9            SAN FRANCISCO TO SONOMA AND NAPA VALLEY
Get a taste of Northern California’s famous Wine Country on this day trip to both Sonoma and Napa Valley. From Michelin starred cuisine, rolling vineyards, storybook inns, beautiful beaches, and unforgettable Pinot Noirs, there’s plenty to appreciate and indulge in. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 10 – 11      OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning, travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the California Zephyr® back to Chicago. This route is said to be one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, you may find it hard to disagree. Sit back, relax, and take in the stunning scenery. On Day 11, you’ll wake up on the California Zephyr and take in the gorgeous landscape of the American countryside as the train ventures east to Chicago. There are so many great sights to behold on this ride! Keep your eyes peeled for the Moffat Tunnel, Glenwood Canyons, and Midwest plains. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 12         YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

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.

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

Located just three blocks from the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, Monorail, the Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), Hyatt Place Seattle is conveniently located close to all major attractions. Complimentary 24/7 shuttle service to Pike Place Market, downtown shopping, and the waterfront! Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for all Amtrak guests. Complimentary shuttle service to Westlake Station for Link Light Rail service directly to Pioneer Square (5 minutes) and the Stadium Station (9 mins) for T-Mobile & CenturyLink Stadiums. Our Gallery menu has food and beverage options available 24/7 plus lots of amazing restaurants just a few steps away.

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

Kimpton Alton Hotel (Formerly 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.

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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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