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Trip Overview

This coast to coast train journey across the United States brings you to the best of America’s national parks and big cities. Start in Los Angeles and discover why your favourite celebrities call the city home. Then journey to Arizona and Utah for the amazing sights at four scenic national parks - the wondrous Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park. Experience the unbelievable rock formation that have made these sites a favourite for photographers for many years. Tour the spectacular Lake Powell on the way to Zion. Then, continue your journey to the Windy City of Chicago, and discover all the top attractions of the dynamic city. Finally, spend two days in New York City, visiting the iconic sites that make the Big Apple world-famous. This scenic rail journey is sure to appeal to both the nature-lover and the city slicker in you!


  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing tour of Movie Stars’ homes in Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of Zion National Park and Lake Powell
  • Sightseeing tour of Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • 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 Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • New York City CityPASS® including:
    • Empire State Building Experience
    • American Museum of Natural History
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
    • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Sightseeing Cruise
    • 9/11 Memorial and Museum OR Intrepid Air and Space Museum
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City


  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to Williams; Grand Junction to Chicago; and Chicago to New York City on the Southwest Chief®, California Zephyr®, and the Lake Shore Limited®
  • One-way in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations; 3 nights’ onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 breakfast)
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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.

Welcome to Los Angeles and the start of your journey! Today you will get to enjoy the best of the City of Angels. 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, and much more. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 2              LOS ANGELES
You know celebrities live in Los Angeles – see their incredible homes today on a fun tour! Travel around the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air and experience first-hand the star-studded lifestyles of the rich and famous. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

Spend the day at your leisure in Los Angeles before boarding Amtrak’s Southwest Chief this evening for your overnight journey to William, Arizona. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Arrive in Williams this morning and enjoy breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway to the awe-inspiring South Rim. With close to two dozen expansive, breath-taking viewpoints at the South Rim, you’re guaranteed to make some lasting memories while on your sightseeing tour of this great natural abyss. Can’t-miss panorama views include Mather Point, Yavapai Point, Desert View, and Hermit’s Rest. (Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park) B

Today, begin your tour through the National Parks of the Southwest! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in the Grand Canyon and travel close to the picturesque shores of Lake Powell and over the Glen Canyon Dam. In Zion, you will experience one of Utah’s most breath-taking landscapes. 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 your included 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. At the end of your tour, you’ll arrive in Springdale for a one-night stay. (Overnight in Springdale) 

Continue your tour from Springdale to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks en route to Grand Junction. On the way to Bryce Canyon, 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 Points. In Capitol Reef (the least known and least crowded park in Utah), explore the mesmerizing 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. Back in Grand Junction, spend your evening on your own strolling along Riverfront Trail or enjoying some farm-to-table cuisine. (Overnight Grand Junction)

Enjoy a truly picturesque overnight journey onboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Grand Junction to Chicago. Watch the scenery dramatically change as you head into Colorado and through the Rockies, and then across the Great Plains. Relax and enjoy comfortable accommodations and great food onboard. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 8              CHICAGO
Breeze into the Windy City this afternoon and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Once settled, set out to discover the city with your CityPASS, which includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium, SkyDeck Chicago, The Field Museum and many more popular attractions. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 9              CHICAGO
Discover more of Chicago today with a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all the popular landmarks. Check out the Navy Pier and its many fun attractions. Take a leisurely stroll through the architectural wonder that is Millennium Park. Enjoy world class shopping along the Magnificent Mile and take in some live music at one of the many great clubs around town. (Overnight in Chicago) 

Spend more time exploring Chicago at your own pace today before boarding the overnight train to New York City this evening. Once onboard, relax and enjoy a good night’s sleep. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11             NEW YORK CITY
Enjoy a relaxing day on the train as you head east. Arrive in New York City this evening and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 12            NEW YORK CITY
Experience the best of New York City today! Enjoy a multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of one of the world's favourite cities. Stops include Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza, the Theatre 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. Your tour bus pass is good for two days, so use it tomorrow to hit up any sites you didn't get a chance to explore today. Also make use of your CityPASS for entry into dozens of attractions, including the 9/11 Museum and Memorial and the Museum of Natural History. (Overnight 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.

Bright Angel Lodge

Bright Angel Lodge, designed in 1935, has a natural, rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. Designed by famed architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (Mary E. J. Colter), it has always been a popular place to stay and the center of South Rim activity. Located just a few feet from the Canyon rim, Bright Angel Lodge is the check-in point for the world famous Grand Canyon Mule Rides.

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.

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.

Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by pinyon and juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the rim. With modern rooms and many services within a few steps, this is a convenient choice for families. Yavapai East rooms feature in-room air conditioning and Yavapai West rooms have vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.

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.

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.

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.

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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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