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Get ready to experience nine of America’s top national parks in one amazing bucket list rail journey! With 18 days to explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon, the shores of Lake Powell and Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone and Yosemite, you’ll capture and make memories to last a lifetime. Not to mention the fun and scenic onboard experiences on two of Amtrak’s most popular train routes—the Southwest Chief and the California Zephyr. Featuring dazzling views of the wilderness and plenty of leisure time to take it easy along the way, this is your opportunity to discover why so many travelers choose to visit all of these awe-inspiring national park destinations in one vacation!

Highlights

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing tour of Sedona
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of Zion National Park and Lake Powell
  • Sightseeing tour of Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour of Grand Teton National Park
  • Scenic River Float in Grand Teton National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to Flagstaff; Grand Junction to Salt Lake City; and Salt Lake City to San Francisco on the Southwest Chief® and the California Zephyr®
  • One-way in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Transfers from Flagstaff to Sedona; Sedona to Williams; and Salt Lake City to Jackson, WY
  • 15 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 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 ARRIVE IN LOS ANGELES
Welcome to Los Angeles and the start of your Wonders of the West journey! Check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and enjoy the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to visit such iconic landmarks as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Sign. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 2 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Spend another day enjoying Los Angeles with your hop-on, hop-off passes before making your way to Union Station in the evening for your train journey on Amtrak's Southwest Chief to Flagstaff, Arizona.?Enjoy the relaxing overnight ride. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 3 SEDONA
Arrive in Flagstaff and take the included transfer to Sedona, where you will check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Once settled, spend the day exploring the unforgettable red rock landscapes of this magical area, and explore parts of the desert you wouldn't have the opportunity to see otherwise. Enjoy the rest of your day in town grabbing some delicious cuisine, enjoying some shopping or taking in a spa experience. (Overnight in Sedona)

DAY 4 SEDONA TO WILLIAMS
Transfer from Sedona to Williams today and check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Famous for being the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” Williams is the classic Route 66 town, complete with rustic landscapes, charming shops and loads of fun activities. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the Grand Depot Café.?(Overnight in Williams) D

DAY 5 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Today, enjoy breakfast at the Grand Depot Café before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway to the awe-inspiring South Rim. With close to two dozen expansive, breathtaking viewpoints at the South Rim, you're guaranteed to make some lasting memories while on your sightseeing tour of this great natural abyss. Can't-miss panorama views include Mather Point, Yavapai Point, Desert View, and Hermit's Rest. (Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park)?B

DAY 6 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
The entire day and night are free for you to explore the South Rim on your own. There's a reason the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited parks in North America. It's big, it's iconic, and never fails to exceed expectations. Spend some time visiting the viewpoints you didn't get to yesterday. Words simply cannot do the landscape you see justice. (Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park)

DAY 7 ZION NATIONAL PARK AND LAKE POWELL
Today, begin your tour through the National Parks of the Southwest! You'll be picked up from your hotel in the Grand Canyon and travel close to the picturesque shores of Lake Powell and over the Glen Canyon Dam. In Zion, you will experience one of Utah's most breathtaking landscapes. Featuring 200 miles of picturesque trails, stunning vistas, vermillion cliffs, canyons, jagged skyline, and flora and fauna, this national park is a must-visit! Highlights of your included tour are Court of the Patriarchs, Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, Temple of Sinawava and the Grotto. There is plenty to see and do without straining yourself, as there are fully-paved paths throughout Zion and many wheelchair accessible points of interest. Simply wander to a comfortable location and take it all the wonderful scenery. And you can't forget about the wildlife! Deer, wild turkeys, and bighorn sheep call this place home. At the end of your tour, you'll arrive in Springdale for a one-night stay. (Overnight in Springdale)?

DAY 8 CAPITOL REEF AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
Continue your tour from Springdale to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks en route to Grand Junction. On the way to Bryce Canyon, highlights will most certainly be the distinctive hoodoos (red rock pillars), bristlecone pine trees (the oldest trees in the world), and views from Sunrise, Sunset, and Inspiration Points. In Capitol Reef (the least known and least crowded park in Utah), explore the mesmerizing cliffs, hidden arches, massive sandstone domes that resemble capitol buildings, and deep canyons. The scenery speaks for itself with plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos or simply admire the views. See the park's most famous attraction, the Waterpocket Fold. Back in Grand Junction, spend your evening on your own strolling along Riverfront Trail or enjoying some farm-to-table cuisine. (Overnight Grand Junction)

DAY 9 ARCHES & CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS
From Grand Junction, travel to Arches & Canyonlands National Parks! Highlights include the Colorado River, multiple iconic arches, rock pinnacles, spires, and much more. These parks feature some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in America and are sure to illicit plenty of ‘oohs' and ‘aahs' from anyone who visits. The incredible panoramic vistas you'll experience of Canyonlands from Island in the Sky is a view that will stay with you for years to come! (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 10 GRAND JUNCTION TO SALT LAKE CITY
Enjoy an amazing array of mountain landscapes as the train makes its way from Grand Junction up to Salt Lake City. Relax and soak in the experience from the comfort of your seat. Arrive in Salt Lake City and check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

DAY 11 SALT LAKE CITY TO JACKSON HOLE
Today you will take the scenic transfer from Salt Lake City to Jackson, Wyoming, your base for discovering Grand Teton National Park. Upon arrival, check into your hotel in Jackson Hole and have the remainder of the day free to relax and explore this charming town. (Overnight in Jackson Hole)

DAY 12 GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Experience a memorable day in Grand Teton National Park today! Enjoy the park's stunning scenery on a sunset tour and river float that will take you down the legendary Snake River to some of the best spots for viewing the area's abundant wildlife.? The hours leading up to sunset are perhaps the most beautiful time to be on the water, with large game such as Moose and elk quite common sights. You may also have a chance to spot river otter, beaver, and many fantastic bird species as well. After the tour, return to Jackson Hole for the night. (Overnight in Jackson Hole)

DAY 13 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Today you will be whisked away on a journey through the vast beauty of Yellowstone National Park. Your experienced 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 breathtaking destination. After the tour, return to Jackson Hole for another relaxing evening. (Overnight in Jackson Hole)

DAY 14 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Transfer from Jackson back to Salt Lake City today. Later in the day, enjoy a delicious dinner and spectacular views of the city at The Roof Restaurant before traveling on your own to the Amtrak Station and boarding the train west to San Francisco. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)?D

DAY 15 SAN FRANCISCO
Enjoy the views from the train today and upon your arrival at Emeryville Station, board your included transfer to San Francisco. Check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 16 SAN FRANCISCO
Enjoy some serious sightseeing in San Francisco today! Climb aboard a hop-on, hop-off tour that includes all San Francisco's great locations, like Fisherman's Wharf, Downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and many more. You can hop off the tour at any of the designated stops to explore them at your own pace. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 17 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Spend the entire day exploring one of America's most iconic landmarks, Yosemite National Park. 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 will arrive back at your hotel just in time for a spectacular San Francisco sunset. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 18 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kachina Lodge

Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Kachina Lodge is a great hotel for all guests visiting the South Rim.

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.

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.

The LA Grand 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.

Arabella Sedona

Adjacent to a Cococino National Forest hiking trail, this low-key hotel, set in 3 adobe-style buildings, is a 4-minute drive to downtown Sedona.

Poco Diablo Resort

Marvel at spectacular red-rock monoliths as you unwind at Poco Diablo Resort, a comfortable and affordable full-service hotel in Sedona, Arizona.

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.

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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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