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Climb aboard Amtrak for a scenic 18-day journey across the American south. Enjoy sunny Hollywood on a guided tour of city and the homes of the stars! Then board the famous Sunset Limited your journey across the southern part of the country and into Texas, the Lone Star State! After arriving in Texas you will get to immerse yourself in the history and diverse culture of San Antonio. From there you are on to New Orleans where you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city as well as a meal in the historic French Quarter. Then head on to Atlanta and Washington where you will get to explore two of America's most historic cities. Then it is on to “The Big Apple” where you will tour the city and journey to the top of Rockefeller Plaza. A wonderful cross-country journey awaits you!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off w/ River Walk Boat Cruise + Tower of the America's admission
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans 
  • Atlanta CityPASS® including:
    -Georgia Aquarium
    -World of Coca-Cola
    -CNN Studio Tours
    -Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights
    -Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Monuments by Moonlight Tour
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York
  • Admission to the Top of the Rock

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to San Antonio; San Antonio to New Orleans; New Orleans to Atlanta; Atlanta to Washington, DC; and Washington, DC to New York on the Sunset Limited®, Crescent®, and Northeast Regional®
  • 14 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' on board Amtrak
  • 1 meal (1 brunch)

*Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters may be substituted with a dinner at an alternative restaurant on select dates.

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 LOS ANGELES
Welcome to Los Angeles! Check-in to your hotel and begin to explore the city. Perhaps you want to journey down to the farmer's market or go shopping along Rodeo Drive. The day is yours to enjoy the “City of Angels”. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 2 LOS ANGELES
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city as well as the homes of the stars. Your fully guided tour will lead you all around the city to visit the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, and the Walk of Fame. Then your tour will take you outside of the city to visit the homes of the stars! You will get a true Hollywood experience today. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 3 OVERNIGHT ABOARD AMTRAK
Travel to the Amtrak Station and board the Sunset Limited for your journey east to Texas. Say goodbye to California as the train begins to winds its way east. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Continue your journey today as the train journeys east to San Antonio. Enjoy the views of the scenic deserts and western vistas that unfold for you from the window of the train. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 5 SAN ANTONIO

This morning you will arrive in San Antonio. Check-in to your hotel and begin to explore the city. Start using your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that will guide you all around to visit the Alamo, the famous Riverwalk, as well as Market Square. With the ability to get on and off the tour at your leisure, the day is yours to explore on your own. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 6 SAN ANTONIO
Continue using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Hoping to scope out a site your tour didn’t include yesterday? Go for it! Enjoy your included River Walk Boat Cruise and Tower of the America's Admission. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 7 SAN ANTONIO > NEW ORLEANS
This morning travel to the Amtrak Station and on to New Orleans. Enjoy the beautiful Texas scenery during your full day train ride. This evening, arrive in New Orleans and settle in for the night. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 8 NEW ORLEANS
Today you will absorb the sights and sounds of the “Crescent City”. A guided tour will bring you to iconic New Orleans sites such as the French Quarter, the cemeteries known as the “Cities of the Dead”, and the beautiful Garden District. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 9 NEW ORLEANS
This morning you will enjoy a brunch at a historic restaurant in the French Quarter. After this you are free to stroll the streets of New Orleans on your own. (Overnight in New Orleans) BR

DAY 10 NEW ORLEANS > ATLANTA
Travel to the Amtrak station and spend a relaxing day on the train to Atlanta. This evening, arrive in Atlanta and transfer to your hotel for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Atlanta)

DAY 11 ATLANTA
Explore the capital of Georgia and one of the largest cities in the South eastern United States. Use your CityPASS to visit some of the main attractions including the Aquarium, the Coca-Cola Center and the CNN Building. (Overnight in Atlanta)

DAY 12 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK

Spend your day continuing to use your CityPASS and enjoy everything Atlanta has to offer. This evening, travel to the Amtrak Station for your overnight train to Washington, DC. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 13 WASHINGTON, DC
Welcome to our Nation's Capital! This morning is free for you to enjoy the city on your own. Feel free to walk along the National Mall or stop by any of the many Smithsonian Museums. This evening you will enjoy a Monuments by Moonlight tour. Your sightseeing tour will take you to the many patriotic memorials all around the city as they are lit up in all of their glory. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

DAY 14 WASHINGTON, DC
Today journey around the city on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC. Your guided tour will take you to the National Cathedral, the U.S. Capitol, and the Supreme Court Building. With the ability to get on and off the tour at your leisure there is no telling how much you will see. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

DAY 15 WASHINGTON, DC > NEW YORK CITY
Board Amtrak in Washington, DC and travel north to New York City! Upon arrival you will have a multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city. Your guided tour will bring you to such iconic New York attractions as the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the New York Public Library! (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 16 NEW YORK CITY
Today continue to journey around the city on your sightseeing tour. Stop off at Central Park for a leisurely stroll, go shopping along Fifth Avenue, and then stop off at Rockefeller Center where you can use your admission to the Top of the Rock. From there you can take in beautiful views of the city. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 17 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN NEW YORK CITY

Legend for Meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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.

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.

Crockett Hotel

As spirited and spellbinding as the Lone Star State itself, the Crockett is a historic boutique hotel and beloved San Antonio landmark, continuously operating for more than a century. Named after legendary frontiersman Davey Crockett, this independent hotel located just 18 steps from the Alamo delights modern-day travelers with 138 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, an outdoor swimming pool, Ernie’s Bar, and Landmark, a daily gathering spot for complimentary hot breakfast featuring Texas-shaped waffles, breakfast tacos and other signature fare.

Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk

Located in the heart of downtown and directly on the River Walk, Holiday Inn San Antonio River Walk is a newly renovated, sophisticated hotel that offers the ultimate travel experience. Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, our contemporary hotel features a warm atmosphere with modern design features.

Menger Hotel

Built in 1859, this beautiful structure has become an important part of San Antonio's history. The hotel is located downtown, immediately adjacent to both the Alamo and the Rivercenter Mall. In addition to its significance as a historical landmark, the Menger offers unparalleled amenities including: The famous Colonial Room Restaurant, the Menger Bar, downtown San Antonio's largest outdoor swimming pool and a full service spa.

Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel

Omni La Mansión del Rio is ideally nestled along the historic River Walk on the banks of the Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio.

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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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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