On this 13-day roundtrip rail journey, you’ll visit the magnificent Southwestern cities of Williams, Sedona, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. You’ll also spend one-night in Los Angeles and visit the unforgettable South Rim of the Grand Canyon! Visit the home of famous celebrities in Los Angeles, travel onboard Amtrak’s Southwest Chief and the iconic Grand Canyon Railway, take in incredible views of the Grand Canyon from the South Rim, and explore the red rock beauty of Sedona. From there, spend two nights in Albuquerque, where you’ll enjoy learning about the history of its Old Town. Your last stop is Santa Fe, the nation’s highest capital. On your included walking tour, experience the city’s hidden charms, buys plaza, adobe neighborhoods and Latin culture. Then, board Amtrak one more time back to Los Angeles.
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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 bustling Los Angeles! Known as the entertainment capital of the world, there is much to see, do and experience. Check into your hotel for a one night stay before stepping out and exploring the city on your own. Check out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, and the Santa Monica Pier! (Overnight in Los Angeles)
DAY 2 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, enjoy your included tour of famous celebrity homes! This exciting experience will bring you to the homes of current and past stars such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan. Other points of interest include the Hollywood Hills, Mullholland Drive, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip. Later, 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 3 GRAND CANYON
This morning, the train arrives in Williams, Arizona, famous for being the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.” Enjoy an included breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant 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) B
DAY 4 GRAND CANYON
The entire day and night is free for you to explore the South Rim on your own. There’s a reason the Grand Canyon is the second most-visited park 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)
DAY 5 GRAND CANYON TO WILLIAMS
Board the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams. Enjoy the gorgeous landscapes one more time before arriving back in town and having dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. (Overnight in Williams) D
DAY 6 WILLIAMS TO SEDONA
Transfer from Williams to Sedona today and get ready to discover the unforgettable red rock landscapes on your included jeep tour. One thing is for sure: you’re guaranteed to experience some breathtaking moments! You’ll be surrounded by seven incredible canyons before reaching historic Dry Creek Basin. You’ll get to explore parts of the desert you wouldn’t have the opportunity to otherwise. See Red Rock Crossing (the most photographed location in Sedona) with its towering Cathedral Rock and much, much more. Enjoy the rest of your day grabbing some delicious cuisine in town or go wine tasting. (Overnight in Sedona)
DAY 7 SEDONA TO FLAGSTAFF
Embark on another scenic Sedona tour on an open-air vehicle! Your two-hour tour will take you through winding canyons and over rocky trails with an expertly trained guide. It’s the perfect way to explore Sedona’s rugged backcountry and hear about its local lore. Later, transfer from Sedona to Flagstaff. This gorgeous city offers many invigorating outdoor recreation activities and fascinating cultural attractions. If you are looking for something to do later in the evening, the Lowell observatory is perfect for stargazers. (Overnight in Flagstaff)
DAY 8 FLAGSTAFF TO ALBUQUERQUE
Board the Southwest Chief again today for your journey from Flagstaff to Albuquerque. Famous for its diverse ethnic heritage (especially Native American), Albuquerque is a gem in the Southwest. Once you check into your hotel and get settled, why not take some time to relax in town. This region is famous for hot air balloons. Each year in October the International Balloon Fiesta takes place. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, visit the Petroglyph National Monument. Featuring more than 15,000 rock carvings, it’s an awe-inspiring look at the history and landscape of New Mexico. (Overnight in Albuquerque)
DAY 9 ALBUQUERQUE
Enjoy your included history tour of Old Town in the Northwest. The narrow streets are dotted with boutiques, museums, beautiful adobe buildings and Hispanic architecture, including the city’s oldest building, the San Felipe de Neri Church. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to spend it as you wish. (Overnight in Albuquerque)
DAY 10 ALBUQUERQUE TO SANTA FE
Travel to the Amtrak station on your own and board your train. The train travel through canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself and you’ll see wonderful landscapes not visible for any highway. At over 7000ft above sea level, it is the nation’s highest capital. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and begin exploring the city and taking in the high desert landscapes. There are an abundance of art galleries and museums to stroll through, such as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Museum of International Folk Art. With approximately 350 days of sunshine a year, you’re sure to have a great time in Santa Fe. (Overnight in Santa Fe)
DAY 11 SANTA FE
Discover Santa Fe's compelling history, treasured architecture on your included walking tour! Setting out on foot is the best way to find its hidden charms, see the busy plaza (the heart and soul of Santa Fe), adobe neighborhoods, and learn all about the Latin culture. Surrounded by museums, historic buildings, restaurants, hotels, galleries, and endless shopping, the Plaza is the place to start understanding Santa Fe. Visit historic churches like St Francis Cathedral or Loretto Chapel and see the state capitol, known as the Roundhouse. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Go to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Located just 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe, this enchanting New Mexican landscape is worth the visit. (Overnight in Santa Fe)
DAY 12 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Enjoy all the scenic views a second time as you make your way to the West Coast. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 13 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES
LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner
The Crowne Plaza is situated on a 14-acre oasis in the University of New Mexico & midtown district that captures the unique flavor & artistry of the southwest.
Set in 500 acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, Little America Flagstaff is a haven from the mundane. Inviting hospitality combined with the natural beauty and serenity of Northern Arizona will instill a passion to return to this distinctive resort.
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.
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Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.
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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.
Marvel at spectacular red-rock monoliths as you unwind at Poco Diablo Resort, a comfortable and affordable full-service hotel in Sedona, Arizona.
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