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Northern Rail Experience Roundtrip from Washington, DC

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Trip Overview

Experience moments of discovery on this 11-day roundtrip rail journey from Washington, DC. As the train makes its way toward the West Coast, the route will traverse the gorgeous North Dakota Plains and offer breathtaking views of the Missouri River. The landscape will continuously evolve as you continue past Glacier National Park and arrive in the Pacific Northwest of Seattle. Surrounded by stunning wilderness, the Emerald City is immersed in natural beauty. Explore the city’s iconic landmarks, historic districts, award-winning restaurants, quaint coffeehouses, or take in the amazing views of downtown atop the Smith Tower (a local best-kept secret). From there, you’ll venture south to San Francisco. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy some solitude while walking under the canopy of ancient Redwoods, discover the wonders of Muir Woods at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, and experience the peaceful coastal town of Sausalito. Finally, take the return train back home.

Highlights

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle* 
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Sightseeing cruise in San Francisco

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® from Washington, DC to Chicago on the Capitol Limited®; One way Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®; Seattle to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight®; San Francisco to Chicago onboard the California Zephyr® 
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodations; 7 nights onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner in San Francisco)

*Seattle Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour is seasonal. Seattle CityPASS will be included in the off-season. The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

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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.

DAY 1 - 3 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Begin this epic train journey in Washington, DC, where you will board Amtrak's Capitol Limited for a comfortable overnight journey to Chicago. Once in Chicago, you will transfer to Amtrak's iconic Empire Builder for your journey further west. First, you will travel through the gorgeous North Dakota plains heading west. Enjoy stunning views of the Missouri River, the longest river in North America, as you wind through the “Big Sky Country” of Montana, passing by the magnificent Glacier National Park. The Empire Builder takes you along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, so settle in for an exciting adventure through the majestic wilderness as you follow in the footsteps of early pioneers! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4 SEATTLE
Welcome to Seattle! The “Emerald City” is full of gorgeous sights just waiting for you to discover! Upon arrival, you will travel on your own to your hotel to drop off your luggage. Then, the rest of the day is yours to explore all Seattle has to offer. Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to see some of Seattle's most popular sights! Your tour will connect you to downtown attractions such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Seattle Center, Seattle's Waterfront and more! (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 5 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, travel on your own to Seattle's Amtrak station and prepare to take a beautiful ride on the Coast Starlight to San Francisco. The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is truly breathtaking. Enjoy the majestic landscapes right outside your window as you wind through lush forests, fertile valleys, and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 6 SAN FRANCISCO
You will arrive in San Francisco this morning and then head to your hotel to check in and drop off your belongings. Then, it's time for some sightseeing! 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 7 SAN FRANCISCO
Today, get ready to discover the beauty of the Muir Woods and Sausalito! On the drive to Muir Woods, you'll cross over the Golden Gate Bridge and disembark in the serene redwood forest. Once you've taken in all that Muir Woods has to offer, you'll stop over in Sausalito, a “California original.” This charming coastal town is home to many artists and has a delightful array of restaurants, galleries, walking paths, and spectacular Bay and City views. You'll have some free time to explore all Sausalito has to offer before your 30-minute bay cruise, which takes you back to Fisherman's Wharf. This evening, enjoy your included dinner at a popular local restaurant. (Overnight in San Francisco) D

DAY 8 - 10 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning, travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the California Zephyr® to Chicago. This route is said to be one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains and the heart of the Rockies, you may find it hard to disagree. Sit back, relax, and take in the stunning scenery. As the train continues its journey east to Chicago, take in the gorgeous landscape of the American countryside. There are so many great sights to behold on this ride! Keep your eyes peeled for the Moffat Tunnel, Glenwood Canyons, and Midwest plains. Finally, take the return train back home from Chicago to Washington, DC. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN WASHINGTON, DC

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

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Located just three blocks from the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, Monorail, the Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), Hyatt Place Seattle is conveniently located close to all major attractions. Complimentary 24/7 shuttle service to Pike Place Market, downtown shopping, and the waterfront! Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for all Amtrak guests. Complimentary shuttle service to Westlake Station for Link Light Rail service directly to Pioneer Square (5 minutes) and the Stadium Station (9 mins) for T-Mobile & CenturyLink Stadiums. Our Gallery menu has food and beverage options available 24/7 plus lots of amazing restaurants just a few steps away.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

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.

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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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