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Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Rail Journey Roundtrip from Chicago

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Trip Overview

Lose yourself in the unbelievable beauty of the wilderness of two of America’s grandest national parks: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Your eight-day roundtrip rail journey from Chicago will offer experiences and views you won’t find anywhere else! There’s never a bad time to visit these parks. Travel across the Heartland before stopping in Salt Lake City en route to Jackson Hole. Once you arrive in Grand Teton National Park, you’ll quickly realize its grandeur—and how less crowded it is than most national parks. From there, this incredible journey continues north to Yellowstone National Park, where the Grand Prismatic Spring and Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with leave you in awe.

Highlights

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations, 2 nights onboard Amtrak®
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Grand Teton National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • 5-day midsized car rental
  • Roundtrip Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago, Illinois onboard the California Zephyr®
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 DEPART CHICAGO
Depart from Chicago's Union Station for a journey west to the national parks. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 SALT LAKE CITY
The train journey today will take you through spectacular scenery. As the train makes its way through Colorado to Utah, you will be treated to an amazing array of mountain landscapes. Relax and soak in the experience from the comfort of your train. This evening, you arrive to Salt Lake City and rest up for the night. (Overnight in Salt Lake)

DAY 3 SALT LAKE CITY TO GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Today you will take your rental car and drive up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From there, you will be exploring the beauty of Grand Teton National Park. Upon arrival check into your hotel and have the evening free to relax and explore this charming town. (Overnight in Jackson Hole)

DAY 4 GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

This morning, you are picked up and taken for a wildlife exploration of Grand Teton National Park. While enjoy the park's stunning scenery, your guide will be taking you to some of the best spots for spotting the area's abundant wildlife. Keep your eyes open for the bison, elk, and other animals that make the park their home. This afternoon, take the short drive you Yellowstone and check in to your hotel located in the heart of this national park. (Overnight in Yellowstone National Park)

DAY 5 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Today you will be whisked away on a journey through the vast beauty of Yellowstone National Park. Your guide will point out craggy peaks, sprawling meadows, and the abundant geothermal features such as the famous Old Faithful geyser. It is hard not to be overwhelmed by this breath-taking destination. (Overnight in Yellowstone National Park)

DAY 6 YELLOWSTONE TO SALT LAKE CITY
This morning check out of your hotel and head back to Salt Lake City. Once you arrive back, check in to your hotel and have the night to relax on your own. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 7 SALT LAKE CITY TO CHICAGO
Board Amtrak and head back east to Chicago. As the train winds its way home, reflect on the wonderful national parks you have just explored! (Overnight on Amtrak)

DAY 8 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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