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Enjoy the spirit of America and travel along legendary Amtrak train routes to visit some of the country’s most popular destinations.

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12 Vacation Packages

  • Rail Experiences

Northern Rail Experience

9 Days | from $1,399

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....

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Sightseeing cruise in San Francisco

Package Also 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 sightseeing 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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Grand Rail Experience

14 Days | from $1,799

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

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Seattle; Seattle to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to New Orleans; New Orleans to Washington, DC; and Washington DC to Chicago on the Empire Builder®, Coast Starlight®, Sunset Limited®, Crescent®, and Capitol Limited®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations; 7 nights' onboard Amtrak

*Seattle hop-on, hop-off sightseeing 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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Pacific Rail Experience

9 Days | from $1,499

Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco Chicago

Kick off in the “Windy City,” where you'll board the train for a scenic ride through the Midwest plains out to sunny California. While in the “Golden State,” you'll explore Los Angeles on a hop-on, hop-off tour to check out sites light Rodeo Drive and The Walk of...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Sightseeing cruise in San Francisco

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to San Francisco; and San Francisco to Chicago on the Southwest Chief®, Coast Starlight®, and California Zephyr®
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal (1 dinner)
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Southern Rail Experience

12 Days | from $1,599

Chicago Seattle Los Angeles New Orleans Chicago

Travel from the pristine “Emerald City”, down the Pacific Coastline to the star-studded streets of Hollywood, and on to the swingin' jazz clubs of New Orleans on the Southern Rail Experience. Explore both Seattle and Los Angeles on hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Seattle; Seattle to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to New Orleans; and New Orleans to Chicago on the Empire Builder®, Coast Starlight®, Sunset Limited®, and City of New Orleans®
  • 5 nights' accommodations; 6 nights' onboard Amtrak®

*Seattle Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing 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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Western Rail Experience

11 Days | from $1,799

Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco Seattle Chicago

Climb aboard Amtrak® for a scenic roundtrip journey of the west! Travel south through the heartland of the country as you head towards sunny California! Upon arrival you will experience the “City of Angels” on a sightseeing tour of the city that will take you to...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Sightseeing cruise of San Francisco
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*


PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to San Francisco; San Francisco to Seattle; and Seattle to Chicago on the Southwest Chief®, Coast Starlight®, and Empire Builder®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal (1 dinner)

    *Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour is seasonal. Seattle CityPASS will be included in the off-season.

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Canadian Rail Experience

8 Days | from $1,149

Toronto Vancouver

Enjoy an experience unlike any other on the Canadian Rail Experience! Capture all of the culture and excitement of both Toronto and Vancouver with fun and user-friendly hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours! Then board VIA Rail's® Canadian for the cross-country trip to the...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Toronto
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way VIA Rail® in Economy accommodations from Toronto to Vancouver onboard The Canadian®
  • 3 nights' accommodations; 4 nights' onboard VIA®
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Northern Rail Experience Roundtrip from San Francisco

9 Days | from $1,249

San Francisco Chicago Seattle

A true rail experience awaits on this 10-day, roundtrip journey. From the Rocky Mountains, to the Great Plains, and the California coast you will take in some of the country’s best scenery from the window of the train. Visit the architecturally important Chicago,...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour Seattle**

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Chicago on the California Zephyr®; Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®; and Seattle to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight®
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights' onboard Amtrak

*During the winter season the hop-on, hop-off tour will be substituted with the Chicago CityPASS. The Chicago CityPASS includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago, and the Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago.

**Seattle Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing 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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Pacific Rail Experience Roundtrip from San Francisco

8 Days | from $999

San Francisco Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco

A full rail experience awaits on this 8-day, roundtrip journey! Travel along three of Amtrak’s most popular rail lines on the California Zephyr®, Southwest Chief®, and Coast Starlight®; and explore the culturally significant cities of Chicago and Los Angeles....

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour Los Angeles**

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Chicago on the California Zephyr®; Chicago to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief®; and Los Angeles to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight®
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights' onboard Amtrak

*During the winter season the hop-on, hop-off tour will be substituted with the Chicago CityPASS. The Chicago CityPASS includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago, and the Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago.

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Western Rail Experience Roundtrip from San Francisco

11 Days | from $1,449

San Francisco Seattle Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco

Experience three of Amtrak’s top rail routes on the Western Rail Experience! After departing for your roundtrip journey from San Francisco, the sightseeing begins right away. From snow-capped mountain peaks to lush forests and rolling plains, this trip is sure to...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Seattle; Seattle to Chicago; Chicago to Los Angeles; and Los Angeles to San Francisco
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights' Amtrak accommodations

*Seattle CityPASS is substituted during the off-season.

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California Zephyr Rail Experience

7 Days | from $869

Chicago San Francisco

Experience America riding on one of its most scenic train routes: the California Zephyr®! After beginning your journey in Chicago with a little sightseeing, ride the rails west across the country. From the waving wheat fields of the Great Plains, to the craggy peaks of...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to the Skydeck Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to San Francisco on the California Zephyr®
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodations, 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
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