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Experience America's greatest cities as well as the majestic Grand Canyon on this 16-day journey. Travel from the bright lights of New York to the Nation's Capital then on to Chicago's great architecture and eventually ending in the famous San Francisco Bay. Along the way, you will get to visit the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You will also get to explore the great attractions in Hollywood such as the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Sign, and Rodeo Drive. Your journey includes the very best of America!


  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City including:
    -Admission to the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
    -Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Monuments by Moonlight tour in Washington, DC
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Freedom Rim Tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco


  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to Washington, DC; Washington, DC to Chicago; Chicago to Williams, AZ; Williams to Los Angeles; and Los Angeles to San Francisco on the Northeast Regional®, Capitol Limited®, Southwest Chief®, and Coast Starlight® routes
  • 12 nights' hotel accommodations
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)


Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

Welcome to New York City! Today is free for you to relax or explore the city on your own. The bustling “Big Apple” has many great activities and attractions for you to experience. (Overnight in New York City)

Today you will get to explore the city on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour! Use your pass to transport you to all of the major attractions around Manhattan such as Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the American Museum of Natural History. With the ability to get on and off at your pleasure, there is no telling how much you can do and see in New York. (Overnight in New York City)

Continue to explore with your hop-on, hop-off tour. You also have admission to either the Empire State Building Observatory or access to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Then head over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to experience some truly iconic American landmarks. (Overnight in New York City)

This morning, board Amtrak's Northeast Regional route to head down to Washington, DC. Upon arrival begin to explore the city. Use your hop-on, hop-off tour to stop at any of the exciting attractions around the Nation's Capital. Stops include any of the popular Smithsonian Museums, the White House, and the US Capital Building. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

Today you can continue your journey around the city and take time to stroll around the National Mall. Then tonight visit the major monuments on an evening tour that will take you to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and many more as they are illuminated against the night sky. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

This morning is yours to enjoy the city. This afternoon board Amtrak's Capitol Limited route for your overnight trip to Chicago. Sit back and relax as the train makes its way to the Midwest. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Welcome to the Windy City! Check into your hotel and begin exploring the city. Stop by Navy Pier, stroll through Millennium Park and visit the Bean, or enjoy shopping along the Magnificent Mile. Your hop-on, hop-off tour will bring you to all of Chicago's fantastic locations. (Overnight in Chicago)

This afternoon board Amtrak and the Southwest Chief to journey south towards the Grand Canyon. Sit back and enjoy as the heartland of the country unfolds before you. The journey will take you through the plains, deep forests, wheat fields, and the desert. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

This evening the train will arrive in Williams. Check into your hotel and settle in for the night. Tomorrow you will get to visit the Grand Canyon! (Overnight in Williams)

Today wake up and enjoy a hearty breakfast. After your meal, board the famous Grand Canyon Railway for a trip to the South Rim of the Canyon. Enjoy beautiful sights as your travel through one of the largest expanses of ponderosa pine forest in North America before reaching the Canyon itself. Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of the region that stops for multiple picture-taking opportunities. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon) B

This morning is open for you to explore around the South Rim on your own. Later in the afternoon, board the Grand Canyon Railway to travel back to Williams. Upon arrival enjoy dinner in the icon Route 66 town of Williams before an evening departure onboard the Southwest Chief westbound to California! (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

Welcome to Los Angeles! You have the entire day to explore Hollywood with a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city. Your tour will take you to all of the famous Hollywood attractions such as the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Beach, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The day is yours to enjoy! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

This morning you will board the Coast Starlight for your journey up to Los Angeles. Enjoy this scenic ride on the train as you head north, following along the beautiful Pacific Ocean as you make your way up along the coast. Tonight, settle in to your hotel for your stay in San Francisco. (Overnight in San Francisco)

Today you can explore San Francisco with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing pass. Your tour will bring you to important San Francisco landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and Union Square. Enjoy your time traveling around the city! (Overnight in San Francisco)

Continue to enjoy San Francisco and hit all of the stops you missed yesterday on your tour. Visit Pier 39 to experience the fun attractions, restaurants, and famous sea lions. Experience the nation's oldest Chinatown or enjoy your tour around San Francisco's varied neighborhoods as you are treated to a full tour of the “City by the Bay”. (Overnight in San Francisco)


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.

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 Grand 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.

The Stewart Hotel

Staying at the The Stewart Hotel puts New York City at your fingertips. Just steps from Penn Station and most subway lines, it's easy to explore the city's most exciting neighborhoods and attractions; Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and Fifth Avenue shopping. Or kick back and relax in your luxurious room. The comforts of technology await, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and wireless Internet.

Holiday Inn New York City Times Square

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square is a 35-story high-rise hotel that makes it easy to enjoy New York’s incomparable attractions, restaurants and retail stores.

Marriott Marquis

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the city at New York Marriott Marquis. One of the premier hotels in Times Square, our central location gives you easy access to NYC entertainment options and several subway lines to access any part of NYC.

Renaissance New York Times Square

Elevate your adventures in The City That Never Sleeps at Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Rising 26 stories above Times Square, our hotel has the soul of a boutique hotel with beautifully crafted interiors. Distinct among Times Square hotels in New York, Renaissance boasts stylish guest rooms, including new guest rooms with terraces overlooking Times Square.

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is an upscale moderate hotel that’s just completed a $160 million renovation to its guest rooms and meeting space. The hotel is just steps from the excitement of the Broadway theatres, prestige of Carnegie Hall and world-class shopping of Fifth Avenue - this location is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the best that New York has to offer.

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.

Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

When you are welcomed to Pier 2620 Hotel by our friendly associates, you'll find more than a comfortable place to stay. You'll find a community made up of staff, ready and willing to share our passion for San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf and the hotel with you.

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

Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol

Escape ordinary travel routines when you book at Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol hotel near Union Station DC and NoMa station.

The Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection has been a Washington, DC landmark since opening its doors over 90 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our hotel has been completely refreshed, offering a host of modern amenities, while still maintaining a sense of iconic luxury. Immerse yourself in the beauty of our sweeping marble lobby before getting comfortable in our redesigned guestrooms.

Phoenix Park Hotel

Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the luxury of Irish country estate in the heart of Washington, DC's Capitol Hill. With traditional oil paintings, opulent marble staircase and traditional décor. The Phoenix Park Hotel also embraces the charisma and magic of one of the most established dining and entertainment restaurants in the area, The Dubliner.

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Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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