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Trip Overview

Enjoy some of the most iconic city and country landscapes on this journey east to west by scenic train. Start with two nights discovering the best sights of New York City, followed by two more nights in Chicago and San Francisco, respectively. Relax and relish in the scenic overnight journeys on the train between stops, with epic views of the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and the high desert right outside your window.

Highlights

  • Admission to Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to Skydeck Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to Chicago; Chicago to San Francisco on the Lake Shore Limited® and California Zephyr
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations
Trip Map

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 NEW YORK CITY
Welcome to New York City! Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and begin exploring the ‘Big Apple.' Start by using your admission to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for amazing 360-degree views of the entire city from the top three floors of the GE (‘30 Rock') Building in Rockefeller Center. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 2 - NEW YORK CITY
Experience firsthand what the excitement of the Big Apple is all about today with a one-day sightseeing tour on a hop-on, hop-off bus! Your onboard guide will point out the city's major landmarks and attractions and give you some history and background on this sprawling metropolis. Visit must-see attractions like the Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and more! (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 3 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited today for the overnight journey to Chicago. Rest up and relax as the train winds its way west. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4 - CHICAGO
Breeze into the Windy City this morning and begin to explore Chicago! Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and set out to discover the city. Use your admission to the Skydeck Chicago to get a spectacular 360-degree bird's eye view of the entire city from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. In addition, use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to take in all the popular city landmarks, including Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and much more! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 5 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Take the morning to enjoy more of Chicago's sights before making your way to Union Station and boarding Amtrak's iconic California Zephyr. This route promises amazing views so sit back, relax and get comfy as the train makes its way through the Great Plains as the sun sets. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 6 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Get ready for some epic mountain and desert views out your window today as the train pushes through the Colorado Rockies and into Utah. Many consider this one of Amtrak's most scenic journeys - see if you agree! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7 - SAN FRANCISCO
Wake up this morning to more beautiful views out your window as you traverse the Nevada desert and finally head into California. Arrive in San Francisco in time to check in at your hotel and have a nice dinner - Fisherman's Wharf is just steps away from your hotel and offers a number of excellent dining, drinking and snacking options! (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 8 - SAN FRANCISCO
Enjoy touring the ‘City by the Bay' today with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Stops include Lombard Street, Embarcadero Center, Union Square, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge. See the city at your own pace and do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. (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.

The Stewart Hotel

Staying at the The Stewart Hotel puts New York City at your fingertips. Just steps from Penn Station and most subway lines, it's easy to explore the city's most exciting neighborhoods and attractions; Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and Fifth Avenue shopping. Or kick back and relax in your luxurious room. The comforts of technology await, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and wireless Internet.

Holiday Inn New York City Times Square

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square is a 35-story high-rise hotel that makes it easy to enjoy New York’s incomparable attractions, restaurants and retail stores.

Marriott Marquis

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the city at New York Marriott Marquis. One of the premier hotels in Times Square, our central location gives you easy access to NYC entertainment options and several subway lines to access any part of NYC.

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is an upscale moderate hotel that’s just completed a $160 million renovation to its guest rooms and meeting space. The hotel is just steps from the excitement of the Broadway theatres, prestige of Carnegie Hall and world-class shopping of Fifth Avenue - this location is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the best that New York has to offer.

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.

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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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