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From Yellowstone to Yosemite - The Train Can Take You There!

By Amtrak Vacations Sunday, April 1, 2018 Read time: 5 minutes

There's nothing quite like experiencing America's national parks by train, and Yellowstone and Yosemite are no exception, as the rail journey to get these national treasures is often just as scenic as the parks themselves! Amtrak's California Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, charging through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, then across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and finally through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco. Along this iconic route, stop for tours of these top national parks - just a short ride to Yellowstone from Salt Lake City, and likewise to Yosemite from San Francisco.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and largest national park in the United States. So big, in fact, that it's located in three different states: Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Founded in 1872, the park covers 3,472 square miles of hot springs, rushing waterfalls, sparkling lakes, exotic plants, deep canyons, lush forests and natural geysers. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Yellowstone and get up close and personal with the famous landmarks within the park, like the Old Faithful geyser and the Continental Divide.

Rail vacations featuring Yellowstone National Park:

Grand National Parks: Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier National Park  Prepare for a journey to three of the nation's greatest national parks! Experience the best of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains aboard Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders of timeless Yellowstone National Park. Yosemite also awaits where your tour takes in all the natural glory to be found in this astounding national park. Glacier National Park is endless natural beauty with thousands and thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, soaring mountain peaks, and abundant wildlife. This is a vacation you will never forget!

Yellowstone to Yosemite by Rail Take a leisurely ride from Chicago to the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey that allows you to explore two famous national parks: Yellowstone and Yosemite. Discover Chicago on a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour. Enjoy a narrated tour of Salt Lake City. See the breathtaking beauty of Yellowstone National Park and get up close and personal with famous sites, like Old Faithful and the Continental Divide. Spend an entire day soaking up the nature and scoping out the towering redwoods in Yosemite National Park. This rail journey promises stunning landscapes that you will never forget.

Yellowstone National Park Getaway Explore Yellowstone National Park on this 5-day EXPERIENCE that includes some quality time in Salt Lake City! Spend a day discovering all Salt Lake City has to offer. Take a scenic drive from Salt Lake to Yellowstone and enjoy the mountainous countryside along the way. Once you arrive in Yellowstone, you'll explore all its beauty and get a chance to snap pictures of some of the world's most majestic sights, like Firehole Canyon, Isa Lake on the Continental Divide, and of course, Old Faithful. The Yellowstone Experience blends the beauty of nature along with time in the big city of Salt Lake!

Yosemite National Park

Designated a national park in 1890 and located within California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite is home to nearly 2,000 miles of preserved wilderness in the form of gorgeous valleys, grand meadows, astonishing waterfalls, breathtaking ancient giant sequoias, and of course, soaring granite cliffs like the famous Half Dome. Spend time simply soaking up the stunning natural world that surrounds you in the Park. Gaze in awe at the rushing waterfalls and explore the trails surrounding the granite cliffs of El Capitan. Visitors looking to see wildlife will enjoy spotting black bears, mule deer, coyotes, peregrine falcons and golden eagles, among other creatures.

Rail Vacations featuring Yosemite National Park:

Grand National Parks with Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon Three of the nation's greatest national parks await you on this rail journey across America! Take in the great expanse of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains aboard Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders of sprawling Yellowstone National Park. Continue on to Yosemite where your tour takes in all the stony peaks, beautiful open meadows, and piney forests that make up this national treasure. The Grand Canyon will leave you in awe with a natural beauty that took millions of years to create. Your Grand National Parks journey will provide a host of unforgettable experiences!

Rocky Mountains to Yosemite 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.

Peaks to Pacific Journey Looking for a scenic vacation with a splash of city excitement? Then, this Denver to San Francisco trip, with stops in Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite, is just what you need! First, see the majestic Rocky Mountains of Denver on a guided sightseeing city tour of several amazing natural mountainous treasures, including Red Rocks Park and Bear Creek Canyon. Take a sightseeing city tour in Salt Lake City. Enjoy a full day in Yellowstone National Park and get up close with Old Faithful. Spend the day exploring the festive San Francisco and enjoy an awesome Yosemite day tour. This trip promises to be full of spectacular sights and lots of fun!

To learn more about rail travel to Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, attend our upcoming *live* webinar - CLICK HERE to register!

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