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This epic national park rail journey takes you from over 12,000 feet to below sea level in the span of 12 scenery-filled days. Start in Denver and discover why it has earned the moniker of the “Mile-High City.” While you’re there, get in tune with the natural world and commune with nature in Rocky Mountain National Park. Then take the scenic journey onboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr to Glenwood Springs, the resort community nestled high in the Rockies, known for its top-notch recreational activities and stunning scenery. Enjoy interactive tours of the area before continuing on the train to Grand Junction, your base to discover the incredible rock formations of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. From there, tour through the arches and pinnacles of Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion National Parks to the shores of Lake Powell and finally, to the majestic Grand Canyon. Spend two more days discovering the wonder of the Canyon before boarding the train bound for Los Angeles and the fitting finale to this epic journey!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Admission to Iron Mountain Hot Springs
  • Tram and Cave Tour in Glenwood Springs
  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour of Capitol Reef & Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Sightseeing tour of Zion National Park & Lake Powell
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Denver to Glenwood Springs; and Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction on the California Zephyr; and Williams to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief®
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Transfers from Grand Junction to Springdale; and Springdale to Williams
  • 11 nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

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.

DAY 1              YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN 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. After you check into your hotel, you’ll have lots of free time 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 2              ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
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 3              DENVER TO GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Today you will travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the California Zephyr to Glenwood Springs. Many travelers say this route is one of the most beautiful train rides in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies and west through magnificent snow-capped mountains, we just know you will find it hard to disagree. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery around you. Upon arrival in Glenwood Springs, check in at your hotel and begin to explore this outdoor recreation lover’s paradise. The charming town is full of geological wonders just waiting for you to explore, including hot springs, rivers, caves, and a stunning canyon. Use your included admission to Iron Mountain Hot Springs and take a relaxing soak in one of the healing mineral pools. (Overnight in Glenwood Springs)

DAY 4              GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Visit Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park today for a one-of-a-kind mountain-top adventure. With your Tram and Cave Tour Pass, you’ll enjoy a ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway and two fascinating guided cave tours, featuring formations including stalactites and stalagmites. After the tour, enjoy the remainder of the day discovering the area at your leisure.  (Overnight in Glenwood Springs)

DAY 5              GLENWOOD SPRINGS TO GRAND JUNCTION
Spend the morning in Glenwood Springs before boarding the train this afternoon for the short ride to Grand Junction. Enjoy the red rock formation views out your window as you relax on the train. Upon arrival in Grand Junction, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 6              ARCHES & CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS
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 colours, 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. After the tour, spend the final night of your journey relaxing in Grand Junction. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 7              CAPITOL REEF & BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
Continue your tour today from Grand Junction en route to Capitol Reef. Probably the least known and least crowded park in Utah (though equally as mesmerizing), this national park features cliffs, hidden arches, massive sandstone domes that resemble capitol buildings, and deep canyons. The scenery speaks for itself with plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos or simply admire the views. See the park's most famous attraction, the Waterpocket Fold. When you arrive in Bryce Canyon, the highlights will most certainly be the distinctive hoodoos (red rock pillars), bristlecone pine trees (the oldest trees in the world), and views from Sunrise, Sunset, and Inspiration Point. (Overnight in Springdale)

DAY 8              ZION NATIONAL PARK & LAKE POWELL
Today, you'll continue your tour from Springdale to Zion National Park and Lake Powell en route to Williams, Arizona. Experience one of Utah's most breath-taking landscapes in Zion. Featuring 200 miles of picturesque trails, stunning vistas, vermillion cliffs, canyons, jagged skyline, and flora and fauna, this national park is a must-visit! Highlights of the tour are Court of the Patriarchs, Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, Temple of Sinawava and the Grotto. There is plenty to see and do without straining yourself, as there are fully-paved paths throughout Zion and many wheelchair accessible points of interest. Simply wander to a comfortable location and take it all the wonderful scenery. And you can't forget about the wildlife! Deer, wild turkeys, and bighorn sheep call this place home. After touring Zion, you'll depart for the Grand Canyon's South Rim, at which time you'll travel near the picturesque shores of Lake Powell. Make sure to have your camera ready when you drive over the Glen Canyon Dam. At the end of your tour, you'll arrive in the quaint mountain town of Williams, Arizona, famous for being the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.” (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 9              GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
After having breakfast at the Grand Depot Café, board the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. During your Grand Canyon Freedom Rim Tour, you'll discover why the South Rim has been hosting visitors since the 1850's. It's awe-inspiring. Except, back then, the trip here meant surviving a bone-jarring stagecoach ride that took anywhere from one to two days! With close to two dozen expansive, breath-taking viewpoints, the South Rim will provoke childlike wonder and a sense that the world is so much more magnificent and grand than you imagined. (Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park) B

DAY 10            OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
After a good night's sleep, you will board the Grand Canyon Railway from the South Rim back to Williams. This evening, you will celebrate the last night of your Grand Canyon journey with an included dinner at the Grand Depot Café. After dinner, board your transfer from the hotel to the Amtrak station and hop on the train to Los Angeles. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 11            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. Make even more memories as this epic journey comes to an end! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 12             YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hotel Colorado

Step back in time at Hotel Colorado. Enjoy our legendary service, modern amenities, and well-appointed rooms as you explore the beauty of our corner of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Come experience why we’ve been a Colorado icon for more than 125 years - your escape awaits in Glenwood Springs.

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.

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Disclaimer:

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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