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Out west, you can escape to some of the world’s greatest natural wonders. During this 12-day rail journey to six iconic national parks, you’ll experience American landscapes that are both vast and beautiful. It is an adventure that will inspire awe around every turn. You’ll visit Rocky Mountain, Arches and Canyonlands, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. There’s a reason this train vacation is called Grand National Parks of the West. Come discover why these places are unrivaled in the wonder and joy they evoke.

Highlights

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

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Denver to Grand Junction; Grand Junction to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco onboard the California Zephyr®
  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard Amtrak
  • 5 day intermediate car rental in Salt Lake City
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
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 DENVER
Welcome to Denver, Colorado! When you arrive, make your way to your hotel and check in. Then, spend the remainder of the day as you wish, perhaps taking some time to explore the Mile High City’s museums, art galleries, craft breweries, world-class cuisine and so much more. If you’re interested in the fascinating and unusual, check out the National Ice Core Lab, located just outside of Denver. This is where scientists house 10 miles of ancient ice collected in North America, Antarctica and Greenland. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 2            DENVER
Today, you’ll experience a sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado. Spanning the Continental Divide, this park is a prime destination for those who love the outdoors. With 76 mountains, 412 square miles of breathtaking beauty, meandering rivers and open meadows, and opportunities to hike, bike, fish, ride horses, camp and mountaineer, Rocky Mountain is world-renowned. While summer is the most popular season to visit, the winter holds its own magic. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 3            DENVER TO GRAND JUNCTION
Travel to the Amtrak station and board the California Zephyr toward Grand Junction. Known as one of the most picturesque train rides in all of North America, this route climbs through the heart of the Rockies. When you arrive in the afternoon, take time to take in the red rock landscape of Grand Junction at your leisure. If you’re looking for something to do, try exploring downtown and visit some of the shops, restaurants, or art galleries. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 4            GRAND JUNCTION TO ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Cross the border into Utah for a full-day tour of two spectacular national parks: Arches and Canyonlands. Arches National Park is a geological treasure featuring two thousand 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 Grand Junction)

DAY 5            GRAND JUNCTION 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 6            SALT LAKE CITY TO JACKSON HOLE
Today, drive up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the ideal basecamp for exploring Grand Teton National Park. Located along the eastern side of the Teton Mountain Range, the 2.9 square mile town’s charm lies in its western hospitality and breathtaking landscapes. If you’re looking to get an exciting taste of the Wild Wild West, this is the place! Stroll through the town square along boardwalks lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and restaurants serving delicious cuisines. You may even want to stand beneath the famous elk antler arches and capture a photo for your memories or visit the Valley Bookstore, one of the last remaining independent bookstores in Wyoming! (Overnight Jackson Hole)

DAY 7            GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Glistening alpine lakes, canyons blanketed with blooming wildflowers, glacier-carved granite summits, dense forests, and a vast array of flora and fauna await your arrival. From hiking to stargazing, there really is endless opportunities into the park to both learn and discover the beauty and impressive scenery of this national treasure. From the moment you enter the park, your imagination will be captivated. If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to find in the mountains, it’s serenity. After you’ve spent the day taking in the sights, you’ll drive into Yellowstone, located just 10 miles from Grand Teton National Park. (Overnight in Yellowstone)

DAY 8            YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Get ready to tour Yellowstone National Park, an unforgettable adventure! A wilderness seemingly untouched by man, this 3,400-square-mile national park features abundant wildlife, lakes, rivers, rising mountain peaks, waterfalls, and breathtaking geysers and thermal hot springs. Stretching between the states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, it offers every visitor something special. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of both the Lower and Upper Loop, where you’ll get to see the famous Old Faithful Geyser, Gibbon River, Monument Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Grand Prismatic Spring. These tours will allow you to experience all the exciting crowd-pleasers and secrets of Yellowstone. (Overnight in Yellowstone)

DAY 9            OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
In the morning or early afternoon, make the drive back to Salt Lake City. Then, the evening is yours to spend as you prefer, including enjoying an included dinner. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 10                      SAN FRANCISCO
Upon your arrival at Emeryville Station, you will board your included transfer to San Francisco. After you check into your hotel, the evening is yours to start exploring the “City by the Bay.” Take a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and sample the delicious local cuisine, like fresh seafood and delicious sourdough bread. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 11          SAN FRANCISCO TO YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK TO SAN FRANCISCO
Spend the entire day exploring one of America’s most iconic landmarks, Yosemite National Park—truly a sight to behold. Your day will kick 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 will have 2.5 hours to hike and shop in Yosemite Village. You should arrive back at your hotel just in time for a spectacular San Francisco sunset. (Overnight in San Francisco)   

DAY 12          YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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

Clarion Hotel Denver Central

Clarion Hotel Denver Central

Located at the crossroads of I-25 & I-70 just north of Downtown Denver, the Quality Inn Central hotel in Denver, CO offers an affordable and convenient place to stay in Denver.

Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction

Step into a resort-style paradise at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction hotel. Your premier upscale Grand Junction hotel is newly renovated and overlooks the lush valley and famous bluffs of the Grand Mesa Plateau. Located just minutes from Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) with easy access to I-70, our Grand Junction hotel is also close to local businesses like West Star Aviation, St. Mary's Hospital, Community Hospital as well as Colorado Mesa University, local vineyards, wineries and historic Downtown Grand Junction

Grand Vista Hotel

The Grand Vista Hotel is conveniently located near the airport in Grand Junction and is close to Colorado Mesa University and the Two Rivers Convention Center.

Hampton Inn Jackson Hole

Welcome to the Hampton Inn Jackson Hole hotel, set just minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) and the famous Jackson Town Square, where you will find shopping, dining and entertainment with a taste of the Old West. Best known for its breath taking scenery, clear streams, world-class skiing and abundant wildlife, Jackson Hole, Wyoming provides something for everyone.

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.

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.

Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone

Canyon Lodge and Cabins is a sprawling facility, featuring the most accommodations in Yellowstone with more than 500 rooms and cabins! The Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone is located on the east side of the park near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

The majestic hotel sits on the shore of Yellowstone Lake and is listed on the Register of Historic Places. The serenity of Yellowstone Lake illuminates through the "Sun Room" windows, as guests daydream to the delicate sounds of a string quartet in the lobby. A casually elegant restaurant features a delightfully extravagant menu. Hotel guestrooms capture the historic 1920's ambiance with 296 guest rooms. A standard room is modernly furnished with a private full bath.

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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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