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Northern Rail Experience Roundtrip from San Francisco

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Northern Rail Experience Roundtrip from San Francisco

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Trip Overview

A true rail experience awaits on this 12-day, roundtrip journey. From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains and the California Coast, you will take in some of the country’s best scenery from the window of the train. Visit the architecturally important Chicago, stroll the bustling streets of Seattle, and enjoy three of Amtrak’s most picturesque train lines. This rail adventure is sure to excite train-buffs and first-time travellers alike!

Highlights

  • Chicago CityPASS® including:
    -Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry)
    -SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass)
    -The Field Museum (VIP Entry)
    -Museum of Science and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
    -Adler Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Chicago; Chicago to Seattle; and Seattle to San Francisco onboard the California Zephyr®, the Empire Builder®; and Coast Starlight®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights' onboard Amtrak

*Seattle Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour is seasonal. Seattle CityPASS will be included in the off-season. The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit

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 SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! Check into your hotel and spend the day and evening exploring the City by the Bay—one of the most vibrant, diverse and beautiful cities in North America. There's so much to see, do, discover, and eat and drink before your cross-country train journey. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAYS 2-3 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, you will board Amtrak's California Zephyr for your trip east to Chicago. Take in the gorgeous landscape of the American countryside, the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, and the heart of the Rocky Mountains along this leisurely ride! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4 CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! This afternoon check-in to your hotel and then take the afternoon to explore Chicago on your own. Known for its iconic architecture and culture, there is plenty to experience in Chicago. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 5 CHICAGO
Today you will continue to take in the best of what “The Windy City” has to offer. Your Chicago CityPASS gives you access to some of the most popular attractions in “Chi-Town,” like Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Skydeck. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 6-7 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This afternoon you will board Amtrak's famous Empire Builder for your trip across the top of our country towards Seattle. Settle in for one of the most scenic train rides in the country, marvel at the stunning views of the Missouri River, the beautiful North Dakota plains, “Big Sky” Country, and of Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 8 SEATTLE
Welcome to Seattle! The “Emerald City” is full of gorgeous sights just waiting for you to discover! Upon your arrival, you will travel to your hotel to drop off your luggage. Then, the rest of the day is yours to explore all Seattle has to offer. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 9 SEATTLE
Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to see some of Seattle's most popular sights! Your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will connect you to downtown attractions such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Seattle Center, Seattle's Waterfront and more! (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 10 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning, board Amtrak's Coast Starlight for your trip back to San Francisco. Sit back and relax as the train makes its way past the Cascade Mountain Range and through the hills and mountains of the Northwest. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome back to the unforgettable city of San Francisco! Check into your hotel and begin using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to visit all the iconic landmarks and attractions you didn't get the opportunity to experience on Day 1 of your rail holiday. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, beautiful parks and architecture, Union Square, Lombard Street Corridor, and so much more! In the evening, why not enjoy some local cuisine on your own at a popular restaurant along the Bay? (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 12 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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

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.

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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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