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Grand National Parks with Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon Roundtrip from Washington, DC

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Trip Overview

Three of the nation’s greatest national parks await you on this rail journey across America, roundtrip from Washington, DC! First, explore the wonders of the sprawling Yellowstone National Park, including some of the most famous geysers in the world. Then, discover the stony peaks, beautiful open meadows and giant sequoias of Yosemite National Park. Your last national park stop, at the spectacular Grand Canyon, will leave you in awe of its natural beauty that took millions of years to create. With exciting city stops in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Los Angeles in between, your Grand National Parks journey will provide a host of unforgettable experiences!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone's Lower Loop
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Motorcoach Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon's South Rim

Package Also Includes:

  • Round-trip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Washington, DC to Chicago on the Capitol Limited; One- way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco; San Francisco to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Williams; Williams to Chicago on the California Zephyr®, Coast Starlight® and the Southwest Chief®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 6 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 3 meals included (1 breakfast, 2 dinners)
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 WASHINGTON, DC TO CHICAGO
Board Amtrak's Capitol Limited for your overnight journey to Chicago and the start of your Grand National Parks adventure. Enjoy comfortable accommodations and great views out your window as the train makes its way west. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 CHICAGO TO SALT LAKE CITY
You'll have some time to relax in Chicago before boarding the California Zephyr for an incredibly scenic ride as the train ventures further west to Salt Lake City. There are so many great sights to behold on this ride! Keep your eyes peeled for the Midwestern plains, Moffat Tunnel and Glenwood Canyons along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 3 SALT LAKE CITY
Enjoy spending the day today discovering friendly Salt Lake City! Known for its wide variety of outdoor activities, including world class skiing, hiking and biking, the city offers multiple recreational options for active couples and families. Or explore some of the city's major attractions, including Temple Square, Brigham Young's Governor's Mansion and the State Capital. In the evening, take in the lively entertainment district in the heart of downtown. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 4 YELLOWSTONE
This morning, enjoy your included shuttle to Yellowstone. Your cross-country journey takes in some amazing mountain scenery along the way so keep your camera handy! Upon your arrival in West Yellowstone, check in at your hotel and enjoy the evening discovering local shops and dining. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

DAY 5 YELLOWSTONE
Today you will experience the majesty of Yellowstone, the world's first national park. Formed from the remains of an extinct super-volcano that exploded around 600,000 years ago, the park is a full of alpine lakes, flowing rivers, jagged peaks, expansive forests, hot springs and geysers. Your included tour allows you to experience all of this while stopping at several thrilling landmarks such as the world-famous geyser, Old Faithful. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife that inhabit Yellowstone such as elk, bears, pronghorn, and even wolves! Yellowstone is an absolute wonder! (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

DAY 6 SALT LAKE CITY TO SAN FRANCISCO
Today, transfer back to Salt Lake City and enjoy the day enjoying more city sights. In the evening, enjoy a special dinner at The Roof restaurant, enjoying delicious food and even better views overlooking downtown. Later, board the train for your overnight journey to San Francisco. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 7 SAN FRANCISCO
Enjoy epic views on Amtrak's California Zephyr as you make your way to San Francisco today. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 8 SAN FRANCISCO
Today's day trip to Yosemite National Park is one of the highlights of your journey. After being picked up from your hotel, you will ride cross-country through California's agricultural heartland. This is a relaxing trip through some very charming countryside. Your visit to Yosemite itself is a chance to experience all the park is famous for - rocky peaks such as El Capitan, abundant pine forest, a variety of wildlife, and so much more! This evening you return to San Francisco for the night. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 9 SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
Head to Union Station in San Francisco and board the Coast Starlight train heading south to Los Angeles. On this scenic ride down the coast, savor the beautiful rolling hills and amazing ocean views. Once you arrive in Los Angeles, check into your hotel for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 10 LOS ANGELES TO WILLIAMS
Enjoy a full day in LA today with a fun tour of the star's homes. In the evening, board the Southwest Chief for an overnight journey to Williams, AZ on your way to the iconic Grand Canyon. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon,' Williams is an outdoor desert paradise filled recreational activities and fun for the whole family! Enjoy discovering all this charming town has to offer. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 GRAND CANYON
Enjoy breakfast at the Grand Depot Café in Williams this morning as you prepare to board the Grand Canyon Railway. This classic train ride runs through the largest expanse of ponderosa pine forest with views of some charming southwest scenery. The train ends at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Formed over millions of years, the waters of the Colorado River have carved the Canyon into one of the wonders of the natural world. Your included tour picks you up from the South Rim and takes you all around for sightseeing while your guide provides a wealth of fascinating information about the area. The views are absolutely spectacular! You will stay this evening at the South Rim. (Overnight at the Grand Canyon) B

DAY 12 WILLLIAMS
This morning is yours to continue exploring the Grand Canyon. Relax and just enjoy the special atmosphere. Take some time to visit some local attractions such as the historic Hopi House. In the afternoon, you will return to Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway. Dinner is included this evening as you prepare for the journey home. (Overnight in Williams) D

DAY 13 WILLIAMS TO CHICAGO
Board the Southwest Chief this morning for your return journey to Chicago, then on to Washington, DC. Enjoy entirely new views out the window! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 14 CHICAGO TO WASHINGTON, DC
Arrive in Chicago this afternoon and enjoy a few hours in the city before boarding the Capitol Limited for your return trip to Washington, DC. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 15 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN WASHINGTON, DC

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

El Tovar

El Tovar Hotel, the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. In the past, the Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Western author Zane Grey, and many others. Today, El Tovar retains its elegant charm. Located on the Canyon rim, it features a fine dining room (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), lounge and curio shop with newsstand.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Maswik Lodge

Maswik Lodge is a modern facility spread over several acres of ponderosa pine forest, located just 1/4 mile from the Canyon's edge. Maswik Lodge features a cafeteria that is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Here you will also find a sports bar with a wide screen TV, a curio shop stocked with handicrafts and gifts, and a transportation/activities desk.

Thunderbird Lodge

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.

Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by pinyon and juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the rim. With modern rooms and many services within a few steps, this is a convenient choice for families. Yavapai East rooms feature in-room air conditioning and Yavapai West rooms have vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.

The LA Hotel Downtown

When you stay with us, you will find that while you are at the heart of the cultural, finance, and entertainment hub of Los Angeles Downtown, our hotel offers you a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city transforming into your home away from home.

Residence Inn Los Angeles LA Live

Located in the heart of Los Angeles' vibrant entertainment district, the Residence Inn Los Angeles LA Live puts you steps away from the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles Convention Center, and some of LA's premier restaurants.

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.

Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

When you are welcomed to Pier 2620 Hotel by our friendly associates, you'll find more than a comfortable place to stay. You'll find a community made up of staff, ready and willing to share our passion for San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf and the hotel with you.

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

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel is perfectly located on 500 South, in the heart of the downtown business and entertainment district and three blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center.

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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