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Trip Overview

Board Amtrak® and ride the rails along historic Route 66! Take in the iconic architecture of Chicago “The Windy City”, take a walking tour around historic Albuquerque, ride the Grand Canyon Railway to the Canyon's South Rim, and tour Beverly Hills to see the homes of the stars and starlets of Los Angeles. Journey along the famous Route 66 highway system as you make your way south towards the Grand Canyon and marvel at the immense beauty at one of the 7 natural Wonders of the World. A magical trip across the country awaits on the Route 66 by Rail journey!

Highlights

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to the Gateway Arch Tram Ride
  • Walking sightseeing city tour of Albuquerque
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Rim tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing city tour of the Star Homes in Los Angeles


Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago to St. Louis, St. Louis to Albuquerque; Albuquerque to Williams Junction, Williams Junction to Los Angeles on the Texas Eagle® and Southwest Chief®
  • 11 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 5 meals (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners)
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 - YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! Today your journey begins with a multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour. Visit the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and many more Chicago destinations. Don't forget to hop-off and take a picture at the famous sign marking the start of Route 66! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 2 - CHICAGO
Enjoy the second day of your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago and explore any sites you didn't get a chance to see yesterday. This fantastic day of sightseeing will be followed by an included dinner a popular Chicago restaurant. (Overnight in Chicago) D

DAY 3 - CHICAGO TO ST. LOUIS

Travel to Union station and board Amtrak's Texas Eagle to St. Louis. Head south as you journey to the great Midwest on your train ride through the “Show-Me-State” to your destination seeing amazing views that no cars get to see. (Overnight in St. Louis)

DAY - ST. LOUIS

Begin your day with a visit to the “Gateway to the West” at the St. Louis Gateway Arch. At an astounding 630-feet tall, the magnificent Gateway Arch remains the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. Its unique shape and stainless steel facade remarkably represent the history made in the city of St. Louis. Tonight, enjoy your dinner at a popular restaurant. (Overnight in St. Louis) D

DAY 5 - OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Travel to the station and board the Amtrak to Albuquerque for a relaxing overnight trip on the Southwest Chief. Travel past wheat fields and ranches, missions and pueblos as you journey west. Carving through canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself, you'll see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from interstate highways (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 6 - ALBUQUERQUE
Arrive in Albuquerque later this afternoon and transfer on your own to your hotel. Enjoy your free time exploring the sights and sounds of Albuquerque, a city marked by its rich Spanish roots. (Overnight in Albuquerque)

DAY 7 - ALBUQUERQUE
Today, explore historic Old Town Albuquerque on a private walking tour. Learn about the history of Albuquerque and Route 66 on this private tour. Your tour guide will escort you on an exciting adventure through time. Uncover Old Town's unusual and well-hidden architectural details you find most intriguing. Reminisce about the early southwest pioneers' daily struggle to survive. Relive the sights and sounds of the Civil War as Confederate soldiers entered the Plaza. Imagine early merchants as they traveled the Santa Fe Trail for trade. (Overnight in Albuquerque)

DAY 8 - ALBUQUERQUE TO WILLIAMS
Travel to the station and board Amtrak to Williams Junction on the Southwest Chief. Travel past wheat fields and ranches, missions and pueblos as you journey west. Upon arrival in Williams Junction, you will be transferred to Williams and the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 9 - GRAND CANYON
Enjoy your breakfast at the Grand Depot Café and be sure to not miss the morning shootout before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway into the Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the South Rim with lunch on your motorcoach tour, and take in some of the most spectacular vistas in North America formed over 17 million years ago. (Overnight in the Canyon) B, L

DAY 10 - GRAND CANYON
Enjoy today at leisure in the Grand Canyon. Spend your free time enjoying the sights of the Canyon and drinking in the fresh air, amazing sights and many photo opportunities in the park. (Overnight in the Canyon)

DAY 11 - OVERNIGHT ABOARD AMTRAK
After a good night's sleep, board the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams. This evening, enjoy your included dinner at the Grand Depot Café. Board your transfer from the hotel to the Amtrak station and board the Southwest Chief train to Los Angeles. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 12 - LOS ANGELES

Upon arrival early this morning, travel on your own to your hotel. Spend the day exploring Hollywood at leisure. Stop by the Walk of Fame or venture up to Griffith Observatory to view the Hollywood sign. There is so much to do and see in Los Angeles! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 13 - LOS ANGELES
Today, enjoy a guided sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles. See the homes of famous movie stars, tour Hollywood, and visit the most popular California beaches, including Ventura Beach and Santa Monica Beach. At Santa Monica Pier make sure to take a picture at the sign marking the end of Route 66. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 14 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES

MEAL GUIDE: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

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.

Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

A warm welcome awaits you at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. Located in the middle of the vibrant and newly-developed Uptown Area, our hotel is the gateway to all the sights, sounds and experiences that New Mexico has to offer.

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, is ideally situated on the Chicago River, within walking distance of Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile shopping, Millennium Park, the Loop business district and all of the other local favorites that make Chicago a one of a kind destination.

The Westin Michigan Avenue

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Hotel, which is located on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, is steps from Lake Michigan, Michigan Avenue restaurants and premier Michigan Avenue shopping.

El Tovar

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.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Kachina Lodge

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

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.

Thunderbird Lodge

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.

Yavapai Lodge

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.

The LA Hotel Downtown

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.

Residence Inn Los Angeles LA Live

Located in the heart of Los Angeles' vibrant entertainment district, the Residence Inn Los Angeles LA Live puts you steps away from the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles Convention Center, and some of LA's premier restaurants.

Doubletree St. Louis

Set in the center of St. Louis, the historic AAA Four Diamond St. Louis Union Station – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is in the center of St. Louis and within walking distance to Scottrade Center and Peabody Opera House.

Holiday Inn St. Louis / Downtown Convention Center

Welcome to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Hotel in Downtown St. Louis! We are located in the heart of downtown Saint Louis, next to America's Convention Center & Edward Jones Dome-home of the Rams.

St. Louis City Center Hotel

Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites is a beautifully appointed hotel in the heart of downtown. Our hotel is adjacent to the Metro Link/Light Rail system, so you can easily visit downtown attractions like the Arch, Busch Stadium, Riverboat Casinos, and Union Station.

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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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