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Western Rail Experience Roundtrip from Los Angeles

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Trip Overview

Starting in Los Angeles, hop onboard Amtrak for a scenic rail journey to three top U.S. cities – San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago – on three iconic train routes. Journey on north on Amtrak’s iconic Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and enjoy dramatic views of the Pacific Coast the entire way up. While in San Francisco, visit all the classic city sights including Pier 39, Union Square, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Then, enjoy a scenic sightseeing tour of the shoreline city of Sausalito as well as the iconic redwood trees of Muir Woods. After your time in San Francisco, continue north to Seattle where a sightseeing tour of the city will take you to the Seattle waterfront and the Space Needle. Next, enjoy a leisurely ride on Amtrak’s famous Empire Builder to Chicago, enjoying epic forest and mountain views. Spend a fun day and night in the Windy City before more time relaxing on the rails (and more incredible views) on your return to Los Angeles.

Highlights

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Sightseeing cruise of San Francisco
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago

Package Also Includes:

  • One way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to San Francisco, San Francisco to Seattle on the Coast Starlight®; Seattle to Chicago on the Empire Builder®; Chicago to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief®.
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal (1 dinner)

*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.

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 LOS ANGELES > SAN FRANCISCO
Begin your journey in Los Angeles! Travel to Union Station and board the Coast Starlight bound for San Francisco. Enjoy one of the most scenic rail journeys in the US, with dramatic coastal views. On arrival in San Francisco, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO
Climb aboard a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city! Visit popular spots like Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, the Civic Center and more! Tonight, you will enjoy a dinner on Pier 39. (Overnight in San Francisco) D

DAY 3 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today get ready to explore the beauty of the Muir Woods and Sausalito! On the drive to Muir Woods, you'll cross over the Golden Gate Bridge and stop to explore the serene redwood forest. Once you've taken in all that Muir Woods has to offer, you'll visit Sausalito, a “California Original”. The town is home to many artists with a delightful array of restaurants, galleries, walking paths and spectacular Bay and City views. Afterwards, take the relaxing ferry ride back to Fisherman's Wharf. This evening, travel to the Amtrak Station and board your train to Seattle, the “Emerald City”! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4 SEATTLE
Welcome to Seattle! When you arrive in the evening, check into your hotel for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 5 SEATTLE
Today, use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to see some of Seattle's most popular sights such as Pike Place Market, the Seattle Waterfront, and Space Needle to name a few. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 6 -7 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Spend some additional time today seeing more of Seattle's sights before boarding Amtrak's Empire Builder this evening. Enjoy two days of epic scenery and ultimate relaxation on this classic journey through the Pacific Northwest and onward to Chicago. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 8 CHICAGO
Welcome to the Windy City! Check-in at your hotel and settle-in for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAYS 9-10 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Spend the day today enjoying Chicago's major attractions with your hop-on, hop-off tour. Discover all the sights that make the city so great, including Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and so much more! Later this afternoon, travel to Chicago's Union Station for your return trip to Los Angeles onboard the Southwest Chief. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Our prime location in the heart of downtown Seattle offers you the combination of majestic Olympic Mountains views, the vibrancy of the Emerald City and the relaxing, quiet magnificence of the Puget Sound.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

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.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

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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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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