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This is a trip where memories are made and talked about for years to come. Your 10-day roundtrip rail journey from Chicago includes a visit to four phenomenal national parks: Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Arches, and Canyonlands. Climb aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr to Grand Junction in Colorado, which is considered one of the most unforgettable train trips in North America. Discover the gorgeous Colorado wilderness in Rocky Mountain National Park, take advantage of perfect photo opportunities in lands that appear to have been forgotten by time in Canyonlands and Arches, and tour Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin and spot wildlife in Lamar Valley. Before returning to Chicago, you’re guaranteed to have the experience of a lifetime, and the photos to prove it!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Arches and Canyonlands National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip transfers between Green River and Moab
  • Roundtrip transfers between Salt Lake City and West Yellowstone
  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Denver; Denver to to Green River; Green River to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to Chicago onboard the California Zephyr®
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodations; 2 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 CHICAGO

Depart this morning from Chicago on Amtrak’s California Zephyr for a scenic and relaxing journey to Denver. Enjoy comfortable overnight accommodations onboard the train, including meals and amenities. Your national park journey has just begun! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 DENVER

Welcome to Denver! Enjoy the views of the fabulous Rocky Mountains as you make your way to your hotel. After you settle in, take some time to explore the downtown area of the Mile-High City, where you’ll find lots of museums, art galleries, craft beer bars, and so much more! The Denver Art Museum, located right in downtown Denver, has one of the largest Native American art collections in the world. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 3 DENVER

Experience the majestic splendor of the Rockies on an exhilarating full-day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. This gorgeous site, often celebrated for its abundance of animals and spectacular views of the Rockies, is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, so don’t forget your camera! On your return journey, you’ll get a chance to enjoy several photo opportunities and a break for refreshments. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 4 DENVER TO MOAB

Travel to the Amtrak station and board the California Zephyr to Green River for one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you may find it hard to disagree. After your arrival, your transfer will take you to your hotel in Moab. (Overnight in Moab)

DAY 5 ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS

Today you’ll have a full-day tour of two spectacular national parks: Arches and Canyonlands. Arches National Park is a geological treasure featuring 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world famous Delicate Arch. The park’s rich colors, textures, and landforms highlight the extraordinary balanced rocks, fins, and pinnacles. Canyonlands National Park offers a stunning landscape filled with countless canyons, mesas, and buttes, carved by the mighty Green and Colorado rivers. Experience the park from the astounding Island in the Sky, a scenic drive that follows the rim of the mesa and offers amazing views. (Overnight in Moab)

DAY 6 MOAB TO SALT LAKE CITY

Travel to the Amtrak station and board the train to Salt Lake City. Take in the unparalleled views of Utah’s gorgeous Wasatch Mountains as you head west on the California Zephyr. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 7 SALT LAKE CITY > WEST YELLOWSTONE

Today your included roundtrip shuttle service will to take you to West Yellowstone. Widely held to be the first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park is home to the most impressive geothermal areas in all of North America. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

DAY 8 WEST YELLOWSTONE

Enjoy a full-day tour of the lower loop of West Yellowstone, open seasonally. Highlights of this fascinating tour include Old Faithful Geyser, the Old Faithful Inn, Isa Lake on the Continental Divide, and many more amazing sites. You’ll have some leisure time to enjoy lunch on your own at the Old Faithful Village and do some exploring of the area if you desire. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

DAY 9 WEST YELLOWSTONE > SALT LAKE CITY

Today, take a leisurely drive back to Salt Lake City aboard the included shuttle. Spend the evening at your own pace enjoying all that the city has to offer. Venture out to Olympic Park or explore the vibrant and growing restaurant scene downtown. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 10 SALT LAKE CITY > CHICAGO

Board the train this morning for your overnight return journey to Chicago. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

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

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Moab

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Moab

At the Fairfield by Marriott® Moab you will have easy access to the trip of a lifetime! Our hotel is the closest to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Park which is the perfect starting point to your Moab adventure: World class mountain biking, 4 wheel driving, and hiking trails, River rafting, jet boat river tours and complimentary family-friendly activities. Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and stock up on snacks for the day from our Corner Market. Our inviting and spacious rooms include features such as smart TVs with access to Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube streaming features. Each room is also equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and complimentary high speed WiFi. Spend the afternoon by the beautiful outdoor pools, enjoy an easy stroll by the river, or a workout in our fitness center.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Moab

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Moab

NEAREST HOTEL TO ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS.
SpringHill Suites Moab offers two stunning pools, four hot tubs, eight waterfalls, and a kid's canyon complete with a splash pad. Feel free to soak up the sun or take a refreshing dip after a full day of adventures in Moab. Begin the day with our complimentary hot breakfast buffet or grab a quick snack in our 24-Hour Corner Market. Our smoke-free hotel offers complimentary High speed wireless internet across the entire property. After a full day of exploring all that Moab has to offer, relax in one of our spacious suites equipped with flat screen TVs with access to Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube streaming features. Dining options are just minutes from our hotel.

Warwick Denver Hotel

Boasting an ideal location that connects Denver's vibrant downtown area with all the charm and attractions of the local Uptown Neighborhood, Warwick Denver offers a true urban refuge in the Mile High City. The Warwick Denver was originally built as the Governer's Court, and is still remembered by many for the Playboy Club, the first and only one in Colorado. This luxury downtown hotel features private balconies and oversized guest rooms and suites designed elegantly to reflect the outdoor spirit of the Rockies. The exclusive rooftop heated pool and bar offer captivating year round panoramic views of the Denver skyline and snowcapped Rocky Mountains.

The attention to detail makes this boutique hotel the ideal place for business and leisure travelers seeking genuine, warm and dedicated service. A stone's throw from the pedestrian 16th Street Mall, the State Capitol building, and the eclectic Union Station, the Warwick Denver is also in close proximity to the convention center, The Denver Art Museum Larimer Square, Coors Field and the Pepsi Center.

Little America Hotel SLC

Little America Hotel is conveniently located on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, just 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges in the magnificent Salt Lake Valley, Little America is within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, cultural and sporting events, and is roughly 30-40 minutes from the major ski resorts. Other nearby attractions include historic Temple Square, the world-famous Great Salt Lake and national parks, forests, and monuments.

Little America Hotel SLC

Little America Hotel is conveniently located on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, just 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges in the magnificent Salt Lake Valley, Little America is within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, cultural and sporting events, and is roughly 30-40 minutes from the major ski resorts. Other nearby attractions include historic Temple Square, the world-famous Great Salt Lake and national parks, forests, and monuments.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

Discover Salt Lake City destinations in the downtown area surrounding the Radisson, from Capitol Theater and Temple Square to the Family History Library, Gateway Shopping Center and City Creek Shopping Center. SLC Airport is just a short commute thanks to the nearby Arena TRAX light rail station, and Hogle Zoo provides hours of entertainment for families.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

Discover Salt Lake City destinations in the downtown area surrounding the Radisson, from Capitol Theater and Temple Square to the Family History Library, Gateway Shopping Center and City Creek Shopping Center. SLC Airport is just a short commute thanks to the nearby Arena TRAX light rail station, and Hogle Zoo provides hours of entertainment for families.

Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone

Located in the heart of West Yellowstone, the new 50-cabin property provides a unique vacation experience. Enjoy stylish décor, upscale linen and your own private cabin. The kitchenettes allow for light cooking to enjoy a simple meal.

Gray Wolf Inn And Suites

The Gray Wolf Inn & Suites is conveniently located next to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone - the four-season getaway to Yellowstone National Park. Our free deluxe continental breakfast, included with every room, is served in the lobby adjacent to the signature Gray Wolf lobby fireplace. For dinner we recommend the The Oregon Short Line Restaurant, located two blocks away at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone Hotel.

Holiday Inn West Yellowstone

If you're looking for the best Yellowstone National Park lodging close to the Park's West entrance, you've found it! The hotel is located is just three blocks from Yellowstone National Park. We're the premier destination for Yellowstone family vacations, memorable meetings and corporate retreats. All guest rooms and corridors were renovated in early 2014.

Yellowstone Park Hotel

Built in 2007 and featuring an attractive list of amenities and a AAA® Three-Diamond rating, the well-appointed, non-smoking Yellowstone Park Hotel has earned a loyal guest following. Best of all, it's located three blocks from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and less than an hour's drive from the lower geyser basin and Old Faithful.

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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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