The top destinations of the West Coast await you on this exciting and scenic rail journey! Start in San Francisco and take in the inspiring views and iconic sights of the “City by the Bay” on a sightseeing tour and Bay cruise. Then take the scenic Amtrak journey down the spectacular California coast to Los Angeles. See how the stars live in the “City of Angels” and tour Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip. Then journey by train to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and experience the unforgettable views of this natural wonder in the middle of the desert. Finally, head to the dazzling oasis of Las Vegas for glitz, glamour and gaming!
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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 SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! After you check in at your hotel, the day is yours to start exploring the “City by the Bay.” Take a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy the bay views of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Overnight in San Francisco)
DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO
Enjoy a land and sea guided tour of San Francisco today. At each stop, you’ll have the chance to get off the bus and see the sights, then get back on at your leisure. Enjoy great views and visit famous attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge. Included in your tour is a bay cruise to complete your panorama of San Francisco from land and sea! After you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll circle Alcatraz and see every angle of this mysterious island. Other attractions include Angel Island, the Ellis Island of the west, and the magnificent skyline of San Francisco. This comfortable Bay cruise has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them. (Overnight in San Francisco)
DAY 3 SAN FRANCISCO
Spend final day in San Francisco at your leisure, exploring more of city. Discover winding Lombard Street, Chinatown, the bohemian vibe of Haight-Ashbury, Chabot Space & Science Center, the Maritime Museum, and so much more. This evening, enjoy a special dinner in Fisherman’s Wharf. (Overnight in San Francisco) D
DAY 4 SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
This morning, board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train for the wonderfully scenic day time journey to Los Angeles. Enjoy dramatic views of the rugged California coast the entire way down. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Los Angeles)
DAY 5 LOS ANGELES
Live the grand celebrity lifestyle today on your guided tour of the movie stars’ homes. Tour LA’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods and see where your favorite stars live, work, eat and play. Cruise the famous Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive and see over 40 breathtaking mansions. Enjoy a fun day in sunny LA! (Overnight in Los Angeles)
DAY 6 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Enjoy discovering more of LA on your own today. Later, transfer on your own to Union Station and board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to Williams, Arizona. Relax and enjoy the overnight ride as your train makes its way to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 7 GRAND CANYON
After arriving in Williams this morning and having breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant, board the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. During your Grand Canyon Freedom Rim Tour, you’ll discover why the South Rim has been hosting visitors since the 1850’s. It’s awe-inspiring. Except, back then, the trip here meant surviving a bone-jarring stagecoach ride that took anywhere from one to two days! With close to two dozen expansive, breath-taking viewpoints, the South Rim will provoke childlike wonder and a sense that the world is so much more magnificent and grand than you imagined. (Overnight in Grand Canyon) B
DAY 8 GRAND CANYON
Use your free day today to see any sights and capture memories that you didn’t get a chance to yesterday. At the South Rim alone, there is plenty to see and do on your own! Watch the sunrise or sunset, visit the Yavapai Geology Museum or Desert View Watchtower, make reservations to have dinner at a historic lodge, or simply relax. (Overnight in Grand Canyon)
DAY 9 GRAND CANYON TO LAS VEGAS
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the South Rim, taking in more sights or simply admiring the incredible views. This afternoon, board the shuttle to Las Vegas and relax on the comfortable ride. Once you arrive, check in at your hotel for a three-night stay and begin discovering the world’s entertainment capital! (Overnight in Las Vegas)
DAY 10 LAS VEGAS
Today, experience the all of Las Vegas’ most iconic attractions, including the strip’s wildly famous hotels, casinos and hotspots, on your exciting sightseeing tour. Enjoy a drive down the strip and learn fun facts and urban legends from your entertaining guide. Also stop at the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, drive along wedding chapel row, and marvel at the huge displays of Fremont Street. (Overnight in Las Vegas)
DAY 11 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LAS VEGAS
LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner
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.
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 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.
Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.
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.
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.
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.
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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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