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Trip Overview

The Grand Rail Experience is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a full cross-country experience onboard Amtrak®! Connecting five of Amtrak's top train routes around the US, and with stops in some of the nation's top cities along the way, this around-the-country journey is sure to please any train-buff or adventurous sightseer!

Highlights

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

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Washington, DC to New Orleans; New Orleans to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Seattle; Seattle to Chicago; and Chicago to Washington, DC on the Crescent®, Sunset Limited®, Coast Starlight®, Empire Builder®, and Capitol Limited®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 7 nights' onboard Amtrak

*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.

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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.

DAY 1 ARRIVE WASHINGTON, DC
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and begin to explore America's Nation's Capital. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

DAY 2 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK®
Today you can explore Washington, DC on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city. Your fully guided tour of the city will stop at such important sites as the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, and the National Cathedral. Then tonight travel to Union Station and board the Crescent® for your overnight journey to New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 3 NEW ORLEANS
Enjoy your leisurely train ride south as you head towards the “Big Easy”. Watch from the train as farms, sprawling fields, and forests are unveiled before you. This evening you will arrive in New Orleans, check into your hotel and relax for the evening. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 4 NEW ORLEANS
Today you will get to enjoy New Orleans' on a guided sightseeing tour of the city. The tour will stop at such popular New Orleans sites as Jackson Square, the sprawling above-ground graveyards known as the “Cities of the Dead”, and the Garden District (home to many of the Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras). (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 5-6 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning board the Amtrak Station in New Orleans for your journey out to Los Angeles. Over the next two days you will enjoy wondrous views of bayous, forests, and deserts as the train winds its way west. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7 LOS ANGELES
This morning you will arrive into Los Angeles! Spend the day exploring the city on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. The tour covers many Los Angeles highlights including the Hollywood Sign, the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, and Rodeo Drive. You will enjoy a comprehensive tour of the city. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 8 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning you will board the famous Coast Starlight® for your journey north to Seattle. Sit back and relax as the train hug some of California's most scenic coastline. Along the way you will enjoy magnificent views of the waves crashing over the Pacific Ocean. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 9 SEATTLE
Continue to enjoy your ride on the Coast Starlight as the train continues on to Seattle. From the window of the train you will be able to snap pictures of the snow-capped Cascade Mountain Range. Upon arrival into Seattle, check into your hotel and prepare for a day of sightseeing tomorrow. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 10 SEATTLE
Today you will get to explore all around the “Emerald City” on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Your tour of the city will bring you to the iconic Space Needle and nearby Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit, Pike's Place Market, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle waterfront. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 11-12 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning you can continue to visit any Seattle attractions that you didn't already get to see, then this afternoon board the Empire Builder® to travel east to Chicago. Along the way you will pass through green forests, vast mountain ranges, and the Great Plains on your way to the Midwest. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 13 CHICAGO
This afternoon you will arrive in Chicago. Tonight you are free to explore the city on your own or relax back at your hotel. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 14 CHICAGO
Continue to explore the “Windy City” today by way of a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Your tour will make stops at Ellis Tower, Millennium Park, the famous Navy Pier, and the Magnificent Mile. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 15 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today you can continue to use your hop-on, hop-off tour to visit Chicago's top attractions. Then this afternoon check out of your hotel and board the Capitol Limited to head back to Washington, DC. As the train makes its way east, reflect on the wonderful time you had in Chicago. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 16 DEPART WASHINGTON, DC

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

Located just three blocks from the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, Monorail, the Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), Hyatt Place Seattle is conveniently located close to all major attractions. Complimentary 24/7 shuttle service to Pike Place Market, downtown shopping, and the waterfront! Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for all Amtrak guests. Complimentary shuttle service to Westlake Station for Link Light Rail service directly to Pioneer Square (5 minutes) and the Stadium Station (9 mins) for T-Mobile & CenturyLink Stadiums. Our Gallery menu has food and beverage options available 24/7 plus lots of amazing restaurants just a few steps away.

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

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.

Holiday Inn Capitol

When visiting our nation's capital, cast your vote for the full-service comfort and convenient location of the Holiday Inn Capitol - Washington DC. Only minutes from the city's most popular museums and monuments, our inviting downtown Washington DC hotel accommodations feature classic décor and soothing color patterns sure to please even the most discriminating traveler.

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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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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