A full rail experience awaits on this 8-day, roundtrip journey! Travel along three of Amtrak’s® most popular rail lines on the California Zephyr®, Southwest Chief®, and Coast Starlight®; and explore the culturally significant cities of Chicago and Los Angeles. Experience majestic views of mountains, deserts, rivers, and canyons all from the comfort of your seat. Along the way you will also get to visit such iconic places as Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier as well as the Hollywood Sign and Walk of Fame in Hollywood! You are sure to have an exciting journey on your Pacific Rail Experience.
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*During the winter season the hop-on, hop-off tour will be substituted with the Chicago CityPASS. The Chicago CityPASS includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago, and the Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago.
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.
DAYS 1-2 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today you will board Amtrak's California Zephyr for your trip east to Chicago. Take in the gorgeous landscape of the American countryside, the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, and the heart of the Rocky Mountains, as well as the Great Plains along this leisurely ride! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 3 CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! This afternoon check-in to your hotel and then take the afternoon to explore Chicago on your own. Known for its iconic architecture and culture, there is plenty to experience in the Windy City. (Overnight in Chicago)
DAY 4 CHICAGO
Today you will continue to experience the best of what Chicago has to offer. A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will bring you to such important stops as the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park. With the ability to hop on and off the tour at your leisure, this tour is both convenient and a great way to experience Chicago! (Overnight in Chicago)
DAY 5-6 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This afternoon board Amtrak's Southwest Chief to head down to Los Angeles. Settle in and prepare for a scenic 2-day ride through America's heartland as the train winds its way south. Enjoy views as you cross over the Mississippi River, pass ranches and sprawling fields, and through deserts and mountains most of which is not viewable from any highway. Bring a camera and enjoy the ride! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 7 LOS ANGELES
Welcome to Los Angeles! Today you will get to experience Hollywood by way of a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. The tour will take you to such iconic Hollywood sights as the Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, and the Hollywood Bowl. (Overnight in Los Angeles)
DAY 8 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO
Today you will board the famous Coast Starlight for your trip back to San Francisco. As the train winds its way north, enjoy the beautiful views as the California coastline unfolds for you.
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