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 the Rocky Mountains, and the open desert landscapes of Utah and Nevada, there is no end to the scenic beauty you will enjoy along the way. Your journey ends in San Francisco with a little sightseeing in the city by the bay.
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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 ARRIVE CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! Today you can explore the “Windy City” on your own. Perhaps you want to take a stroll through Millennium Park (home of the famous Chicago “Bean”) or enjoy some authentic deep dish pizza - the day is free for your choosing. (Overnight in Chicago)
DAY 2 CHICAGO
Today a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will guide you around Chicago. Along the way, you can visit such top attractions as Navy Pier, the John Handcock Observatory, Michigan Avenue, and the Shedd Aquarium. You will also have admission to the Skydeck Observatory level at the Willis Tower. (Overnight in Chicago)
DAY 3 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning you will have free time to explore Chicago on your own. Then this afternoon head over to Chicago's Union station to board the California Zephyr for your journey to the west! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 4 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
The train journey you experience on board the Zephyr is magnificent. After travelling across the great plains, your train enters the majestic Rocky Mountains this morning. After traveling past breathtaking alpine scenery for most of the day, the mountains begin to recede as you enter the more open desert spaces of Utah in the afternoon and evening. Keep your camera handy as you take in view after view of places you can only experience traveling by train. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 5 SAN FRANCISCO
After passing through the picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountains, you arrive today to San Francisco. This evening, relax and reminisce about the once-in-a-lifetime scenic journey you've just completed. (Overnight in San Francisco)
DAY 6 SAN FRANCISCO
Take time today to explore all San Francisco has to offer. With your included hop-on, hop-off pass you have a wonderful guided tour at your disposal taking in the city's most beloved points of interest. Hop-off and explore any such as Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Haight Ashbury, and many more. San Francisco has a wide variety of experiences available to excite any visitor. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant on San Francisco's Pier 39! (Overnight in San Francisco) D
DAY 7 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO
Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
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