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Rocky Mountains to Arches & Canyonlands Roundtrip from Chicago

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Trip Overview

From incredible glaciers to majestic peaks and petrified dunes, the three national parks on this seven-day roundtrip rail journey from Chicago will give you a glimpse at just how varied and equally breathtaking the natural treasures of our country are. Wildlife is the major draw to Rocky Mountain National Park. Make sure to bring your binoculars and a camera to capture the beauty of the vast wilderness. Then, take a scenic train ride toward Colorado, where you’ll get to explore the gorgeous sandstone arches, canyons, and flora and fauna in Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Contemplate your amazing trip while taking in the views of Canyonlands and the Colorado river from Dead Horse State Park.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Denver Rocky Mountain National Park*
  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Incredible mountain and red rock views from your seat on Amtrak's California Zephyr

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Denver; Denver to Grand Junction; Grand Junction to Chicago on the California Zephyr®
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights onboard Amtrak

*Rocky Mountain National Park Tour is seasonal. A combination city and mountain parks tour will be offered in the off season.

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 CHICAGO > DENVER
Board Amtrak's California Zephyr in Chicago for a scenic and comfortable overnight journey through Midwestern plains and snowy mountains to Denver. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 DENVER
Welcome to the Denver, also known as the “Mile High City.” This scenic metropolis is located 5,280 feet above sea level and offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. You'll have lots of free time today to start exploring all Denver has to offer. There is much to see and do, like Red Rocks Park, the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo and more. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 3 DENVER
Experience the majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains on an exhilarating day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Widely celebrated for its abundance of animals and spectacular views, Rocky Mountain National Park will make you feel like you're on top of the world! On the journey back to your hotel, you'll get a chance to enjoy several photo opportunities during a leisurely break for rest and refreshments. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 4 DENVER > GRAND JUNCTION
Board the train this morning for your scenic and comfortable journey to Grand Junction - regarded as one of the most beautiful train trips in North America. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas and the dramatic red rock formations as you enter Grand Junction. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and begin exploring the shops, restaurants and galleries of the charming downtown area. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 5 GRAND JUNCTION
Today you'll cross the border into Utah for a full-day tour of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Arches National Park is a geological treasure featuring 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world famous Delicate Arch. The park's rich colors, textures, and landforms highlight the extraordinary balanced rocks, fins, and pinnacles. Canyonlands National Park offers a stunning landscape filled with countless canyons, mesas, and buttes, carved by the mighty Green and Colorado rivers. Experience the park from the astounding Island in the Sky, a scenic drive that follows the rim of the mesa and offers amazing views. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 6 GRAND JUNCTION > CHICAGO
Depart Grand Junction this morning for your return overnight journey to Chicago. Have your camera ready for more incredible views you may have missed on the way! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D -Dinner

Clarion Hotel Denver Central

Located at the crossroads of I-25 & I-70 just north of Downtown Denver, the Quality Inn Central hotel in Denver, CO offers an affordable and convenient place to stay in Denver.

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.

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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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