Visit America’s Most Stunning National Parks Onboard Amtrak

Amtrak trains journey along a 21,000-mile rail system across 46 states to over 500 different destinations, including some of the country’s most majestic national parks.

America’s national parks are beautiful, wild places that draw crowds from around the world. They are living postcards that must be seen and discovered firsthand to be appreciated properly. No photograph can do these special places justice.

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When you travel onboard Amtrak’s iconic train routes such as the Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, and Southwest Chief to visit these natural wonders, you’ll sweep through scenery that’s sure to astound you. Desert landscapes, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, surreal sunsets and sunrises, lush forests, vast plains, and states and cities you probably would never see except by train are just a handful of the views you’ll get to enjoy while onboard en route to your destination.

Regardless of where you choose to begin and end these popular national park rail journeys, you can expect to create memories that will be talked about for years to come!

Grand National Parks of the Southwest

View from Angels Landing, Zion National Park, UtahChicago > Grand Junction > Springdale > Zion National Park > Sprindale > Bryce National Park > Capitol Reef National Park > Grand Junction > Chicago

Train Routes: California Zephyr

What You’ll See and Experience: Discover five incredible national parks of Utah – Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef – on this seven-day rail journey from Chicago. Be treated to breathtaking sightseeing tours of each park and spectacular views of the unique geography of the area, including the dramatic arches, spires, pinnacles, balance rocks and fins you may have only seen in photos. Gorgeous year-round, this vacation promises incredible views, and plenty of sunshine and relaxation!

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Rails to the Grand Canyon

Grand canyon sunset landscape with dry tree foreground, USA

Los Angeles > Williams > Grand Canyon National Park > Los Angeles

Train Route: Southwest Chief and Grand Canyon Railway

What You’ll See and Experience: Traveling onboard the Southwest Chief and the Grand Canyon Railway to one of the seven wonders of the natural world is certainly a bucket list experience like no other. Known as “the most spectacular gorge in the world,” the Grand Canyon is one of those places that stays with you long after you return home from vacation. The South Rim (open all year) is the most accessible and offers unparalleled views. This five-day adventure will introduce you to the picturesque scenery of the American Southwest like you’ve never experienced it before, even if you’ve previously been there by car, bus, or plane.

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America’s National Parks

Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

Denver > Grand Junction > Salt Lake City > Yellowstone National Park > Salt Lake City

Train Route: California Zephyr

What You’ll See and Experience: Enjoy some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world on this train tour from Denver to Salt Lake City that includes four spectacular national parks: Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Arches, and Canyonlands. Begin in Denver, where there is no shortage of gorgeous Rocky Mountain views. Head to Grand Junction on Amtrak’s California Zephyr, which is considered one of the most beautiful train trips in North America. Enjoy the lovely views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas. Explore the geological wonders featured in two spectacular national parks: Canyonlands and Arches. Spend a day touring Yellowstone and exploring the quaint Old Faithful Village.

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Rocky Mountains to Arches & Canyonlands

Arches National Park Arch Sunset

Denver > Grand Junction

Train Route: California Zephyr

What You’ll See and Experience: This five-day vacation features breathtaking scenery of some of America’s most unforgettable settings – the great Rocky Mountains and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. First, explore the city of Denver and discover the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park. Then board Amtrak’s California Zephyr for a scenic ride from Denver to Grand Junction, Colorado (your base for exploring the red-orange sandstone and desert blue skies of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks). It’s no surprise the U.S. Postal Service chose to depict Arches on one of its commemorative Park Service centennial stamps. The thousands of sandstone arches at Arches National Park are a must see, and Canyonlands National Park provides a wealth of scenery, from vast mesas to soaring rock columns, and even examples of Native American cave painting. Your tour also includes a stop at Dead Horse Point State Park to take in the breathtaking view over Canyonlands and the Colorado River.

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Glacier National Park Express

Swiftcurrent Creek at Dawn

Chicago > Glacier National Park > Seattle

Train Route: Empire Builder

What You’ll See and Experience: Glacier is one of North America’s most popular national parks, and for good reason. The snow-capped peaks, plunging waterfalls, dense forests, and glassy azure-colored lakes have the ability to stop even the most discerning traveler in their tracks. This is a 10-day rail journey onboard Amtrak that you don’t want to miss! If you choose to visit Glacier National Park from Chicago, your train will traverse major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail and follow in the footsteps of early pioneers. You’ll also have the opportunity take in incredible views of untouched wilderness along the way.

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