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Trip Overview

Beginning in the nation’s capital, this 14-day train journey is the best way to experience what it’s like to traverse across America by rail. You’ll travel along some of Amtrak’s most famous routes and have the opportunity to see amazing landscapes that few travelers get to. Visit the exciting cities of Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New Orleans! An adventure like this is sure to leave you with treasured memories for years to come.

Highlights

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

*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, Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Washington, D.C. to Chicago; Chicago to Seattle; Seattle to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to New Orleans; New Orleans to Washington, D.C. onboard the Empire Builder®, Coast Starlight®, Sunset Limited®, Crescent®, and Capitol Limited®
  • 6 nights’ hotel accommodations; 7 nights’ onboard Amtrak
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 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Board Amtrak’s Capitol Limited train for your journey west to Washington, D.C. You’ll traverse through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana en route to Union Station in Chicago. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2              CHICAGO
After getting settled in, why not use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour to experience the best that Chicago has to offer? Then, you may want to explore on your own and discover a great place to indulge in some traditional deep-dish pizza. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 3-4           OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Travel on your own to Union Station in Chicago to board the Empire Builder train to the west coast. Along the way to Seattle, you’ll pass through the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Washington. Enjoy all the amenities and onboard experiences the Empire Builder has to offer. There’s really nothing quite like riding a train across America. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 5               SEATTLE
Today you will arrive in the Emerald City, Seattle. Check into your hotel and get ready for a fun couple of days exploring. There is plenty to do and see in this beautiful city. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 6              SEATTLE
Make use of your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour to visit all of Seattle’s top landmarks and attractions. Some highlights will include Chinatown, Pike Place Market, the Waterfront, and much, much more. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 7              OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Travel on your own to King Street Station and board the Coast Starlight for your trip down to Los Angeles. Along the way, take in the Pacific Ocean, stunning landscapes, and the onboard experiences that so many travelers have come to love. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 8              LOS ANGELES
Welcome to the City of Angels! After checking into your hotel, settle in for the evening or step out to enjoy the city lights. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 9              OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour to get to know this world-famous city! Highlights of today’s tour include Beverly Hills, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, Santa Monica, Olvera Street, Chinatown, Venice Beach Boardwalk, and plenty more! Later, travel on your own to Union Station and board the Sunset Limited to New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 10            OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
You’ll spend the entire morning, afternoon, and night onboard the Sunset Limited, taking in the sights and experiences of this iconic route. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11             NEW ORLEANS
After passing through Texas and Louisiana, the train will arrive in New Orleans. Check into your hotel and get some rest. Tomorrow, you will get to explore the Big Easy. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 12            NEW ORLEANS
Experience New Orleans on a guided sightseeing city tour. Your tour will take you all around the City that Care Forgot to see the French Quarter, historic Jackson Square, the cemeteries known as the “Cities of the Dead”, and many other incredible stops. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 13            OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK                               
Check out of your hotel and travel to the Amtrak station to board your final train back to Washington, D.C., where your roundtrip vacation ends. The Crescent rides the rails through Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 14            YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

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.

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.

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Enjoy the best of the past and present in a single location at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans hotel. Only steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, this hotel in the Warehouse District of New Orleans pairs historic features like original exposed brick and plantation shutters with modern touches.

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

The Holiday Inn® New Orleans Downtown Superdome hotel's outstanding location and amenities promise to make your New Orleans vacation a dream come true. You can enjoy all the legendary sights and sounds of this world-class city when you stay at one of the best New Orleans, LA hotels. Sample and savor the revelry of the French Quarter or test Lady Luck at Harrah's Casino. The allure of stunning museums of the Arts District are easily reached via our free shuttle.

Hotel Monteleone

It's been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street. giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. This historic landmark is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The hotel boasts 25 meeting and reception rooms, 600 newly renovated rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, Logo Shop, and heated rooftop pool.

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

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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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