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Trip Overview

This 8-day rail journey from Denver to San Francisco, with stops in Salt Lake City and Yosemite National Park, offers amazing views and breathtaking scenery. Explore Denver and find out why it has earned the moniker of the “Mile-High City.” Get in tune with the natural world and commune with nature in Rocky Mountain National park. Sightsee in Salt Lake City and learn all about its fascinating history. Visit the largest and richest copper mine on Earth, the Kennecott Canyon Mine. Spend a whole day getting up close and personal with Yosemite National Park.

Highlights

  • Take a sightseeing tour of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park*
  • Take a guided bus tour of Salt Lake City and enjoy a history lesson and the city's highlights all in one
  • Visit the largest and richest copper mine on earth with the Great Salt Lake and Kennecott Canyon Mine Tour**
  • Day tour of Yosemite National Park

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Denver to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco on the California Zephyr® in Coach accommodations
  • 6 nights' of hotel accommodations; one night on board Amtrak

*Rocky Mountain National Park Tour is seasonal from late May to late September on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Mountain Parks Tour will be offered when Rocky Mountain National Park Tour is unavailable.

**Great Salt Lake and Kennecott Canyon Mine tour is seasonal from mid-June to mid-October. Great Salt Lake tour will be offered when the Canyon Tour is unavailable.

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 DENVER
Welcome to the Denver, AKA, the “Mile High City.” This scenic metropolis is located 5,280 feet above sea level and offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. After you check into your hotel, you'll have lots of free time to start exploring all Denver has to offer. There is much to see and do, like Red Rocks Park, the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo and more. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 2 DENVER
Experience the majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains on an exhilarating day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. This nature Mecca, widely celebrated for its abundance of animals and spectacular views, will make you feel like you're on top of the world! On the journey back to your hotel, you'll get a chance to enjoy several photo opportunities during a leisurely break for rest and refreshments. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 3 DENVER TO SALT LAKE CITY
Today you will transfer on your own to the Amtrak® station and board the California Zephyr® to Salt Lake City. Many travelers say this route is one of the most beautiful train rides in all of North America. And, as you climb through the heart of the Rockies and west through the magnificent snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, we just know you will find it hard to disagree. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery around you. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 4 SALT LAKE CITY
Welcome to Salt Lake City, otherwise known as the “Crossroads of the West.” Enjoy a narrated tour of the city that covers many popular attractions, like the historic Old Union Pacific Train Depot, Temple Square, the Mormon Temple, the State Capital Building, Fort Douglas, Pioneer Park, and many more great hot spots. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 5 OVERNIGHT ON BOARD AMTRAK
Visit two wonders of Salt Lake City today on a tour that takes you to both the Great Salt Lake and the Kennecott Copper Mine. Spanning approximately 1,700 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. After spending some time at the Great Salt Lake, you'll visit the Kennecott Copper Mine, which has been in operation for more than 100 years. Later in the day, you will transfer on your own to the Amtrak station and board the train to Emeryville, California, on the California Zephyr. (Overnight on the train)

 
DAY 6 SAN FRANCISCO
After your train pulls into Emeryville Station, you will hop onto Amtrak's Thruway Bus and head straight to San Francisco's festive Fisherman's Wharf. After you check into your hotel, the evening is yours to start exploring the “City by the Bay.” Take a stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and sample the delicious local cuisine, like Pacific Ocean seafood, San Francisco sourdough bread and clam chowder. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 7 SAN FRANCISCO (Day trip to Yosemite National Park)
Spend the day exploring one of America's most iconic landmarks, Yosemite National Park. Your day will start off with breathtaking panoramic views of San Francisco as you cross over the Bay Bridge at sunrise. The rest of your drive to Yosemite will offer stunning scenery as well, including the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains and lush Central Valley. Once you arrive in Yosemite National Park, you'll have 2.5 hours to hike, shop, and sample the local cuisine in Yosemite Village. You will arrive back at your hotel just in time for a spectacular San Francisco sunset. (Overnight in San Francisco)

  

DAY 8 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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

Quality Inn Central Denver

Located at the crossroads of I-25 & I-70 just north of Downtown Denver, the Quality Inn Central hotel in Denver, CO offers an affordable and convenient place to stay in Denver.

Sheraton Denver Hotel

Look forward to a relaxing stay at the Sheraton Denver Hotel. Located on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall in the heart of downtown Denver, this hotel is near lots of great shopping, restaurants, and activities.

Holiday Inn Fisherman's 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.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Holiday Inn® Golden Gateway is a full-service hotel in downtown San Francisco located between Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

When you are welcomed to Pier 2620 Hotel by our friendly associates, you'll find more than a comfortable place to stay. You'll find a community made up of staff, ready and willing to share our passion for San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf and the hotel with you.

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

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Discover the Downtown San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel which exudes an essence of modern luxury and the convenience of an extraordinary hotel in downtown San Francisco, CA. Just south of Market Street, this hotel in the SOMA district is next to the Moscone Convention Center and steps away from the Yerba Buena Gardens.

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel is perfectly located on 500 South, in the heart of the downtown business and entertainment district and three blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square

The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square conveniently places you in downtown Salt Lake City steps away from historic Temple Square, the world renowned Family History (genealogy) Library, the Salt Palace Convention Center, Energy Solutions Arena, shopping at the new City Creek Center, dining and nightlife.

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For more information or to make a reservation, call our rail vacation experts at:
1 (800) 268-7252

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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