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Route 66 by Rail

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Trip Overview

Board Amtrak® and ride the rails along historic Route 66! Take in the iconic architecture of Chicago “The Windy City”, enjoy a walking tour around historic Albuquerque, ride the Grand Canyon Railway to the Canyon’s South Rim, and tour Beverly Hills to see the homes of the stars and starlets of Los Angeles. Journey along the famous Route 66 highway system as you make your way south towards the Grand Canyon and marvel at the immense beauty at one of the 7 natural Wonders of the World. A magical trip across the country awaits on the Route 66 by Rail journey!

Highlights

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to the Gateway Arch Tram Ride
  • Walking sightseeing city tour of Albuquerque
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
  • Sightseeing city tour of the Star Homes in Los Angeles

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago to St. Louis, St. Louis to Albuquerque; Albuquerque to Williams Junction, Williams Junction to Los Angeles on the Texas Eagle® and Southwest Chief®
  • 11 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 3 meals (1 breakfast, 2 dinners)
Trip Map

Why Not?

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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 ARRIVE CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! Today your journey begins with a multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 2 CHICAGO 
Enjoy the second day of your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago and explore any sites you didn't get a chance to see yesterday. Dinner is included tonight at a popular Chicago restaurant. (Overnight in Chicago) D

DAY 3 CHICAGO TO ST. LOUIS
Travel to Union Station and board Amtrak to St. Louis. Head south on your journey to the great Midwest by train. (Overnight in St. Louis)

DAY 4 ST. LOUIS
Begin your day with a visit to the Gateway to the West at the St. Louis Gateway Arch and then continue discovering the city's charms. (Overnight in St. Louis)

DAY 5 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK 
Travel to the station and board Amtrak to Albuquerque for a relaxing overnight trip on
the Southwest Chief. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 6 ALBUQUERQUE
Arrive in Albuquerque later this afternoon and travel to your hotel. Enjoy your free time exploring the sights and sounds of the city. (Overnight in Albuquerque)

DAY 7 ALBUQUERQUE
Today, explore historic Old Town Albuquerque on a private walking tour. Learn about the history of Albuquerque and Route 66 and reminisce about the early southwest pioneer days. (Overnight in Albuquerque)

DAY 8 ALBUQUERQUE TO WILLIAMS
Travel to the station and board Amtrak to Williams on the Southwest Chief. Upon arrival in Williams check into the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 9 GRAND CANYON
Enjoy your breakfast at the Grand Depot Cafe then board the Grand Canyon Railway into Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the South Rim on your tour and take in the vistas. (Overnight in the Canyon) B

DAY 10 GRAND CANYON 
Enjoy today at leisure in the Grand Canyon. Spend your free time enjoying the sights. (Overnight in the Canyon)

DAY 11 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Board the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams. This evening, dinner is included at the Grand Depot Cafe. Take a transfer from the hotel to the Amtrak station to board the Southwest Chief train to Los Angeles. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 12 LOS ANGELES
Upon arrival in Los Angeles, travel on your own to your hotel. Spend the day exploring the city at your leisure. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 13 LOS ANGELES
Today, enjoy a guided sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles. At Santa Monica Pier make sure to take a picture at the sign marking the end of Route 66. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 14 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

The Crowne Plaza is situated on a 14-acre oasis in the University of New Mexico & midtown district that captures the unique flavor & artistry of the southwest.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holiday Inn St. Louis / Downtown Convention Center

Welcome to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Hotel in Downtown St. Louis! We are located in the heart of downtown Saint Louis, next to America's Convention Center & Edward Jones Dome-home of the Rams.

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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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