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Trip Overview

Journey across the length and breadth of America by train! Begin exploring the nation’s capital, Washington, DC before boarding the train to Chicago and the “Windy City”. From Chicago, you’ll board the California Zephyr and continue your scenic cross-country rail adventure. Pass over the Great Plains, through the Rocky Mountains, deserts, salt flats, and finally the Sierra Nevada Mountains before reaching the West Coast where you’ll end your journey in San Francisco.

Highlights

  • Admission to the International Spy Museum
  • Hop-on / hop-off sightseeing tour in Washington, DC
  • Admission to the Skydeck Chicago
  • Hop-on / hop-off sightseeing tour in San Francisco
  • San Francisco Bay cruise

 

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Washington, DC to Chicago and Chicago to San Francisco on the Capitol Limited® and California Zephyr®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations, 3 nights' onboard Amtrak
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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   YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN WASHINGTON, DC

Welcome to Washington, D.C! Upon arriving into the city, check into your hotel and start enjoying your time in the nation's capital. (Overnight in Washington, D.C.)

 

DAY 2   WASHINGTON, DC

Explore the city and famous monuments and memorials with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Included today is admission to the International Spy Museum.  (Overnight in Washington, D.C.)

 

DAY 3  OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Today you will board Amtrak and begin an epic rail journey across America.  As the train heads to Chicago, you will enjoy the experience of traveling by train, sleeping and dining onboard, as fascinating landscapes roll by just outside your window. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

 

DAY 4   CHICAGO

Arrive in Chicago, drop off your bags at your hotel and begin exploring. Take a stroll on Navy Pier and through Millennium Park. Head over to the Willis Tower and venture to the top with your Skydeck Admission for the best views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.  (Overnight in Chicago)

 

DAYS 5 -6   OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Board the California Zephyr route and continue across the heart of America.  You will experience amazing scenery from grassy plains and soaring mountains to rolling foothills and open desert.  By the time you arrive to the West Coast, you will have enjoyed just about every type of landscape the country has to offer. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7   SAN FRANCISCO

You will arrive to San Francisco today.  After disembarking, relax and explore the “City by the Bay.” (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 8   SAN FRANCISCO

Enjoy a full day of exploring today with your hop-on, hop-off tour. Check out Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Golden Gate Park and more. Head out on the water on a Bay Cruise for the best views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. (Overnight in San Francisco)

 

DAY 9  YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO


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


Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Kimpton Alton Hotel (Formerly Holiday Inn Fishermans 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.

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

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol

Escape ordinary travel routines when you book at Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol hotel near Union Station DC and NoMa station.

The Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection has been a Washington, DC landmark since opening its doors over 90 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our hotel has been completely refreshed, offering a host of modern amenities, while still maintaining a sense of iconic luxury. Immerse yourself in the beauty of our sweeping marble lobby before getting comfortable in our redesigned guestrooms.

Phoenix Park Hotel

Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the luxury of Irish country estate in the heart of Washington, DC's Capitol Hill. With traditional oil paintings, opulent marble staircase and traditional décor. The Phoenix Park Hotel also embraces the charisma and magic of one of the most established dining and entertainment restaurants in the area, The Dubliner.

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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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