Travel from the pristine “Emerald City”, down the Pacific Coastline to the star-studded streets of Hollywood, and on to the swingin' jazz clubs of New Orleans on the Southern Rail Experience. Explore both Seattle and Los Angeles on hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours that will hit such highlights as the Hollywood Sign and the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles; and the Space Needle and Pike's Place Market in Seattle. While in New Orleans your sightseeing tour will take you to the famous French Quarter, the Garden District, and by the haunting cemeteries known as the “Cities of the Dead”. Connecting Amtrak's Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, Sunset Limited, and City of New Orleans, this trip is perfect for both the first-time train traveler and the train-aficionados alike!
Package Also Includes:
*Seattle Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour is seasonal. Seattle CityPASS will be included in the off-season. The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.
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
Begin your journey in Chicago. Head to the Amtrak station and board the Empire Builder to Seattle. Sit back and relax as you head west to begin your around-the-country adventure. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 2 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Wake up and enjoy the amazing views that slip by your window as you continue to make your way west. Today you will be traveling through the Gassman Coulee Tressel, through Big Country, and passing by Glacier National Park. Be sure to bring a camera as Amtrak is one of the best ways to enjoy America's beautiful scenery. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 3 SEATTLE
Today you will arrive in the shining city, Seattle. Check-in to your hotel and prepare for a fun couple of days in “the Emerald City”. Perhaps you want to stroll down to the popular Space Needle, or head down to the Pike's Market. There is plenty to do and see in Seattle. (Overnight in Seattle)
DAY 4 SEATTLE
Today you will get to explore Seattle with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour! Travel around to Seattle's top attractions such as the Woodland Park Zoo, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Waterfront. With the ability to get on and off the tour at your own leisure, there is no telling how much you will get to see and experience during your stay in Seattle. (Overnight in Seattle)
DAY 5 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Check-out of your hotel and travel on your own to the Amtrak station to board the famous Coast Starlight. As you head south to Los Angeles you will travel past some of the shining peaks of the snow-capped Cascade Mountain Range. Pure beauty will catch eye from the window of the train. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 6 LOS ANGELES
As the train makes its way south, enjoy the panoramic views of the Pacific Coast. The Coast Starlight is one of Amtrak's most popular routes as it allows you to see areas of the Pacific coastline not visible any other way. Tonight arrive in Los Angeles and check-in to your hotel. (Overnight in Los Angeles)
DAY 7 LOS ANGELES
Today you will get to enjoy the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to visit such iconic landmarks as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, the Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Sign. Tonight travel on your own to Los Angeles Union station to board the Sunset Limited to head east to New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 8 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Your trip continues as the Sunset Limited makes its way through the southern parts of the country. Glide through the sprawling deserts, past mountains, and cacti as the train heads towards New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 9 NEW ORLEANS
After passing through Texas and Louisiana, the train will arrive in New Orleans. Check-in to your hotel and head to sleep, tomorrow you will get to experience “the City that Care Forgot”. (Overnight in New Orleans)
DAY 10 NEW ORLEANS
Today you will get to explore New Orleans on a guided sightseeing tour. Your tour will take you all around the “Big Easy” to see the Bayou St. John, the exclusive Garden District (home to the many Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras), through the famous French Quarter, and past historic Jackson Square. (Overnight in New Orleans)
DAY 11 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today you will check out of your hotel and board the City of New Orleans to head back to Chicago. As your train makes its way to the Midwest, reflect upon all of the wonderful things you saw and experienced during your Southern Rail Experience! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
DAY 12 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO
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