Two national parks and two great cities – this six-day vacation offers the best of both with an iconic train journey in-between! Start in the ‘Mile High City’ and discover the appeal of this high-elevation, high-energy metropolis. Spend a day touring Rocky Mountain National Park, spotting diverse wildlife and taking in spectacular alpine scenery. Then it’s off to the wonders of the West Coast on one of the most scenic train journeys in the US - Amtrak’s California Zephyr route. Wind through mountain and desert vistas on a memorable overnight journey. Arrive in San Francisco refreshed and ready for quality time in the ‘City by the Bay’ and an epic journey to Yosemite National Park. This activity-packed vacation promises all the best from the mountains to the desert, and in-between!
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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 - YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN DENVER
Welcome to the great city of Denver! This scenic metropolis is located 5,280 feet above sea level and offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and a vibrant downtown. After you check into your hotel, you’ll have lots of free time to start exploring all Denver has to offer. There is much to see and do, like Red Rocks Park, the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo and more! (Overnight in Denver)
DAY 2 - DENVER
Experience the majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains today on an exhilarating day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. On the way, you’ll pass historic towns and beautiful landscapes so keep your camera at the ready! Once inside the park, come face to face with a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, moose, black bear and eagles. Also, witness Colorado’s famous Continental Divide and drive by the Stanley Hotel, an impressive historic building that inspired the book and the movie ‘The Shining.’ (Overnight in Denver)
DAY 3 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning, get ready for the scenic overnight ride on Amtrak’s iconic California Zephyr. Take some time to experience Denver’s beautifully renovated Union Station before boarding the train. Once onboard, sit back, relax and get ready for some epic mountain and desert views out your window 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 4 - 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 5 - SAN FRANCISCO > YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Spend the day exploring one of America’s most iconic landmarks, Yosemite National Park. Your day will start off with breathtaking panoramic views of San Francisco as you cross over the Bay Bridge at sunrise. The rest of your drive to Yosemite will offer stunning scenery as well, including the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains and lush Central Valley. Once you arrive in Yosemite National Park, you’ll have 2.5 hours to hike, shop, and sample the local cuisine in Yosemite Village. You will arrive back at your hotel just in time for a spectacular San Francisco sunset. (Overnight in San Francisco)
DAY 6 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO
LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner
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