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Trip Overview

Enjoy the best of America on a coast to coast train journey across the entire United States from San Francisco to New York City! Discover all San Francisco has to offer at your own pace. Head out on a tour of the country's most famous wine growing regions: Napa and Sonoma. Breathe in the fresh mountain air on your tour from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park. Get to know Chicago on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all the popular landmarks, like Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Enjoy a multi-day sightseeing tour of the “Big Apple.” You’ll see the best of America on your cross-country rail vacation!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Napa and Sonoma
  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park*
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Chicago CityPASS® including:
    -Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry)
    -SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass)
    -The Field Museum (VIP Entry)
    -Museum of Science and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
    -Adler Plantarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Hop-on, hop-on sightseeing tour of New York City

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Denver; Denver to Chicago; Chicago to New York City on the California Zephyr® and Lake Shore Limited®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 3 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals (2 dinners)

*The Rocky Mountain National Park tour is seasonal. In the off season the Mountain Parks Tour will be offered.

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 ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! Upon arrival, check in and then the rest of the day is yours to spend getting to know the “City by the Bay.” Be sure to get some pictures of the most photographed bridge in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO TO NAPA VALLEY
Enjoy a full day touring two of the country's most famous wine growing regions: Napa and Sonoma. Sip on delicious local wine as you take in the gorgeous scenery surrounding wine country. After returning to San Francisco this evening, enjoy dinner at one of San Francisco's waterfront restaurants. (Overnight in San Francisco) D

DAY 3 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Depart this morning for a scenic journey east onboard Amtrak to Denver. That journey takes you through the Sierra Nevada mountains, across the vast open spaces of Nevada and Utah, and on into the Rocky Mountains over the course of the journey. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4 DENVER
This evening you'll arrive in Denver and travel on your own to your hotel. The evening is free for dinner or for you to explore this wonderful city at night. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 5 DENVER TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Today you will venture out on a full-day sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park! Take in the views of the majestic Rocky Mountain range, capture pictures of wildlife, and drive over Berthoud Pass where you will summit the Continental Divide that sits at over 11,000 feet above sea level. You'll visit the cozy ski town of Winter Park then head over to the town of Grand Lake with a stop for lunch. A great day of sightseeing awaits! After the tour is over, return to Denver for an additional night's stay. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 6 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today is free for you to explore Denver at your own pace. Take the time to explore the “Mile High City,” visit the beautiful botanical gardens, take in the exhibits at Denver Art Museum, or relax back at your hotel. Later in the afternoon, make your way to the train station where your rail journey will continue. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7 CHICAGO
Breeze into the Windy City and begin to explore Chicago. Take a leisurely stroll through the architectural wonder that is Millennium Park or enjoy world-class shopping along the Magnificent Mile. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at a popular restaurant. (Overnight in Chicago) D

DAY 8 CHICAGO
Today, your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will take you to all the popular landmarks. Use your Chicago CityPASS for included admission to the following amazing attractions: Shedd Aquarium, SkyDeck Chicago, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Adler Planetarium. Or, you can use your pass to explore the Art Institute of Chicago and 360 Chicago. The choice is yours! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 9 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Continue exploring the city with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour and make sure to visit Navy Pier. This evening board the train at historic Union Station in Chicago and head off to New York City onboard the Lake Shore Limited. Relax and rest up on the train as it winds its way to the Big Apple. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 10 NEW YORK CITY
Welcome to New York City! Check into your hotel and then the evening is yours to begin exploring of one of the world's favorite cities. Perhaps you want to go shopping along famous 5th Avenue or stroll through classic Central Park. There is always plenty to do in New York! (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 11 NEW YORK CITY
Today enjoy a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour which includes stops at Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza, the Theater District, Times Square, and many more amazing hot spots! Feel free to hop off the tour at any time to explore at your own pace. Take in the enormous and iconic Empire State Building, or journey to the Statue of Liberty and explore Ellis Island. There are so many amazing things to do and see in the Big Apple! (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 12 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN NEW YORK CITY

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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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