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Take three of our most popular and scenic train routes—the Southwest Chief, California Zephyr, and Coast Starlight—to the heart of the Southwest on this rail journey. This is where you’ll discover the beautiful, untamed landscapes of some of America’s most beloved national parks. It’s no surprise that millions of visitors from around the globe travel to see and experience these special places each year, and there’s no better way to do it than by train. Ride the Southwest Chief from bustling Los Angeles into Williams, Arizona, the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.” From there, you’ll board the Grand Canyon Railway to the awe-inspiring South Rim. And that’s just the beginning! During your tours through Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks, the surreal scenery of vermillion cliffs and red rock canyons will surely amaze even the most discerning traveler. Spend one-night in San Francisco to explore the city’s most interesting places before taking the Coast Starlight back down to Los Angeles.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of Lake Powell and Zion National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to Williams, Arizona on the Southwest Chief®; Grand Junction to San Francisco on the California Zephyr®; San Francisco to Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight®
  • Transfers from Grand Canyon to Springdale; Springdale to Grand Junction
  • One-way in Coach accommodation on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 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 LOS ANGELES
Welcome to Los Angeles! Travel on your own to Union Station, one of the city’s most iconic gems, and board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to Williams, Arizona. Onboard, you’ll catch glimpses of the fabled American West from the Observation Car—the kind you can only experience from the comfort of a train. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2                    GRAND CANYON
Today, the train arrives in Williams, Arizona, famous for being the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.” Enjoy an included breakfast at the Grand Depot Café and browse the gift shop 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’s South Rim) B

DAY 3                    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 4                    BRYCE CANYON AND CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARKS
Continue your tour from Springdale to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks en route to Grand Junction. En route 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 5                    OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Travel on your own to the Grand Junction station and board Amtrak’s California Zephyr to San Francisco. Pass by the Great Salt Lake, traverse Nevada and two National Forests, catch a glimpse of California’s capital from outside your window, and enjoy your onboard experience before arriving in the City by the Bay. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 6                    SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! After traveling on your own to your hotel and checking in, the rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your leisure. Visit iconic landmarks—like the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, or Coit Tower—historic districts, coffeehouses, Fisherman’s Wharf, or simply relax and take it easy. A favorite for travelers is taking a ferry ride on their own to see Alcatraz Prison or embarking on a Bay cruise. Tonight, enjoy your included dinner at popular, local restaurant. (Overnight in San Francisco) D

DAY 7                    YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES
Travel to the Amtrak station on your own and board the Coast Starlight back to Los Angeles. Known as one of America’s most beautiful train rides, this route features stunning landscapes: lush forests, the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Ynez Mountains, and rolling hillsides. Relax onboard and take in the views from the Observation Car or Lounge Car as you reflect upon your rail journey.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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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