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Unforgettable multi-city journeys by train to visit some of North America's most renowned national parks and world-famous cities.

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Rails to the Grand Canyon

5 Days | from $649

Los Angeles Williams Grand Canyon National Park Los Angeles

Get ready for a scenic trip of a lifetime from the City of Angels to the majestic Grand Canyon! Board Amtrak in Los Angeles and enjoy the picturesque scenery of the great American Southwest as you venture over to Arizona. Your next stop is the magnificent Grand Canyon,...

  • Ride a steamliner train from Williams to the Grand Canyon and back aboard the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Enjoy a motorcoach rim tour of the Grand Canyon including a buffet lunch

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® from Los Angeles to Williams on the Southwest Chief® in coach accommodations
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights on board Amtrak
  • 3 meals included (1 breakfast in Williams, 1 lunch at the Grand Canyon, 1 dinner at Williams)
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Northern Rail Experience

9 Days | from $1,349

Chicago Seattle San Francisco Chicago

Venture from the breathtaking great plains of the Midwest to the serene waters of the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey from Chicago to San Francisco, with a stop in Seattle. Enjoy the landscape as you travel along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail....

  • Explore Seattle with a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour*
  • Experience the sights and sounds of San Francisco with a hop-on/hop-off bus pass
  • Discover Muir Woods and Sausalito in Northern California
  • Take a bay cruise in San Francisco

Package Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®; Seattle to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight®; San Francisco to Chicago on the California Zephyr® in Coach accommodations
  • 3 nights' accommodations; 5 nights on board Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner in San Francisco)

*Seattle Hop-on/hop-off trolley 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, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

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Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

9 Days | from $1,349

Chicago Memphis New Orleans

This nine-day rail journey is perfect for music lovers! Launch your vacation in Chicago and explore its famous blues scene and all the popular sights. Then head to Memphis, the birthplace of Rock ‘N' Roll. See all Memphis has to offer, including Elvis’s birthplace,...

  • Explore Chicago on a multi-day hop-on / hop-off sightseeing tour
  • Enjoy Memphis on a platinum tour including Graceland
  • Enjoy a Battlefield Cruise in New Orleans aboard a paddlewheel boat
  • Experience the sights and excitement of New Orleans on a city tour

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Chicago to Memphis; Memphis to New Orleans in Coach accommodations on the City of New Orleans
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations; one night on board Amtrak
  • 3 meals included (1 dinner in Chicago, 1 dinner in Memphis, 1 brunch in New Orleans*)

* Dinner at a popular restaurant substituted when brunch in New Orleans is unavailable.

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Grand Rail Experience

14 Days | from $1,949

Chicago Seattle Los Angeles New Orleans Washington Chicago

Starting off in Chicago, the Grand Rail Experience is tailor-made for anyone who wants to get the full cross-country Amtrak experience. Connecting Amtrak’s top train routes across the top of the country, the Pacific Coast, Amtrak’s southern route known as the Sunset...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans
  • Monuments by Moonlight tour in Washington, DC





Package AlsoIncludes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Chicago to Seattle; Seattle to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to New Orleans; New Orleans to Washington, DC; Washington DC to Chicago
  • 6 nights hotel accommodations; 7 nights Amtrak accommodations

*Seattle hop-on, hop-off trolley 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, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

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Glacier National Park Express

10 Days | from $2,099

Chicago Glacier National Park Seattle

This 10-day trip aboard the Amtrak Empire Builder from Chicago to Glacier National Park and on to Seattle is one you won't want to miss! Your tour kicks off in the Windy City, where you'll enjoy an architecture sightseeing cruise of the Chicago Harbor. Next up is Glacier...

  • Sightseeing architecture cruise of Chicago Harbor
  • Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat Cruise*
  • Tour Glacier National Park on a Big Sky Circle Tour*
  • Admission to Seattle's Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass
  • Explore Seattle with a multi-day sightseeing hop-on/hop-off city tour**

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Chicago to Glacier National Park; Glacier National Park to Seattle on the Empire Builder® in Coach accommodations
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights on board Amtrak
  • 1meal included (1 dinner in Chicago)

*Seasonal activity: Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat cruise runs early June to early September and Big Sky Circle Tour runs mid-June to mid-September.

**Seattle hop on/hop off: Visit known landmarks like the Space Needle, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. Climb 900 ft. and 73 stories high to visit the Sky View Observatory on the top of the Columbia Center building, and get a stunning 360° view of Seattle, and many more!

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Canadian Rockies Discovery Eastbound

10 Days | from $1,599

Vancouver Victoria Jasper Banff Lake Louise Calgary

Experience the gorgeous scenery and breathtaking landscapes of the Canadian Rockies on this rail journey from Vancouver to Calgary. See amazing views of Vancouver from hundreds of feet above the ground at the Vancouver Lookout. Stroll down the charming cobblestone...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria
  • Sightseeing tour of the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park
  • Icefields Parkway excursion from Jasper including a ride onboard an ice explorer vehicle
  • Sightseeing tour of Lake Louise

Package Also Includes:

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; One-way overnight VIA Rail® from Vancouver to Jasper
  • Round-trip ferry service from Vancouver to Victoria
  • Tour transfer from Jasper to Banff and shuttle transfer from Banff to Calgary
  • 2 meals included (2 Lunches)
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Great Southwest Featuring the Grand Canyon

7 Days | from $1,399

Chicago Flagstaff Sedona Williams Grand Canyon National Park Los Angeles

See the picturesque landscapes of the great Southwest on this scenic rail journey through five amazing destinations: Chicago, Flagstaff, Williams, the Grand Canyon, and Los Angeles. Enjoy a stunning train ride from Chicago to Flagstaff and see spectacular landscapes and...

  • Guided jeep tour in Sedona
  • Round Trip on board Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon
  • Grand Canyon Motorcoach Rim tour with lunch
  • Explore Los Angeles on a hop on, hop off tour

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Chicago to Flagstaff; Flagstaff to Williams, Williams to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief®
  • Roundtrip transfer from Flagstaff to Sedona
  • 4 nights hotel accommodations; 2 nights on board Amtrak
  • 3 meals included (1 breakfast and 1 dinner in Williams, 1 lunch at the Grand Canyon)
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Grand Canyon Discovery

10 Days | from $1,799

Chicago Santa Fe Williams Grand Canyon National Park Flagstaff Sedona

This trip from Chicago to the Red Rocks of Sedona is the perfect exploration! Your scenic expedition begins in the Windy City with a sightseeing tour. Visit the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and many other popular Chicago destinations. Next, you’ll board the Southwest...

  • Multi-day hop-on/hop-off sightseeing pass in Chicago*
  • Walking tour of Santa Fe
  • One-way aboard the Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon in Coach accommodations
  • Grand Canyon Motorcoach Rim tour with lunch
  • Guided jeep tour in Sedona

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Chicago to Santa Fe; Santa Fe to Williams Junction in Coach accommodations on the Southwest Chief®
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations; 1 night on board Amtrak
  • 3 meals included (1 dinner in Chicago, 1 breakfast in Williams, 1 lunch at the Grand Canyon)
  • One-way shuttle transfer from Maswik Lodge in the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff hotel
  • Roundtrip transfer from Flagstaff to Sedona

*Chicago Hop On Hop Off Tour ticket gives you transportation to the most famous Chicago attractions. You will enjoya two hour Signature Tour, covering 13 magnificent miles of Chicago's downtown and the Loop, including stops like The Art Institute, and many more!

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Ultimate Canada and Rockies Westbound

14 Days | from $2,499

Toronto Niagara Falls Toronto Jasper Banff Vancouver

Learn what truly makes the Canadian Rockies so majestic on this amazing journey through four cities. Tour the splendid sites of Toronto, including the lovely Harbourfront. Get up close and personal with the Niagara Falls with a ride on the Hornblower. Sip local delicious...

  • Hop-on/hop-off city tours in Toronto and Vancouver
  • Day trip to Niagara Falls including a tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Explore a Hornblower Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls*
  • Scenic sightseeing tour of Jasper National Park
  • Icefields Parkway excursion from Jasper including a ride onboard an ice explorer vehicle
  • Admission to the Glacier Skywalk and Glacier Discovery Center
  • Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver







PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights on board VIARail®
  • One-way VIARail from Toronto to Jasper; Jasper to Vancouver in economy accommodations
  • Admission to the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Admission to the Jasper Skytram
  • Roundtrip shared transfer between Jasper and Banff
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • 3meals included (2 lunches and 1 dinner)

*Hornblower Cruise is seasonal May-October and the Journey. Behind the Falls will be substituted October-May.

Note: Tuesday and Thursday departures include one additional night and one additional sightseeing tour in Jasper. Price difference is indicated when shopping Tuesday and Thursday departures.

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Grand Canyon Explorer

9 Days | from $1,499

Albuquerque Santa Fe Williams Grand Canyon National Park Flagstaff Sedona

Visit the magnificent Grand Canyon along with a few other gorgeous Southwestern cities, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Flagstaff. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and fascinating heritage of Albuquerque. Spend some quality time in the colorful and historic Santa...

  • Walking tour of Santa Fe
  • One-way Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon in Coach class
  • Grand Canyon Motorcoach Rim tour with lunch
  • Guided jeep tour in Sedona

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Albuquerque to Santa Fe; Santa Fe to Williams on the Southwest Chief® in Coach accommodations
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations
  • One-way shuttle transfer from Maswik Lodge to Flagstaff hotel
  • Round-trip transfer from Flagstaff to Sedona
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast at Williams, 1 lunch at the Grand Canyon)
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