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Scenic America by Rail with the Grand Canyon

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Trip Overview

Combine the thrills of travelling from coast to coast on iconic Amtrak train routes and the excitement of a few of North America’s most popular cities during this 13-day adventure. Visit New York City and Chicago before travelling to the Grand Canyon’s majestic South Rim and then on to Los Angeles onboard the Southwest Chief. Your included tours will introduce you to all the sights and attractions that make America so scenic!


  • 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
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • 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 Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of movie stars' homes in Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles


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

Today you will enjoy the best of what New York City has to offer with an included CityPASS. Use the CityPASS to visit iconic sights such as the Empire State Building Observatory, Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, the American Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Livery and Ellis Island, and so much more! (Overnight in New York)

DAY 2             NEW YORK CITY
Ready to experience more of the Big Apple? During your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour, you'll get to do just that! See bustling Times Square, stroll through Central Park, and visit all the other landmarks and attractions that make New York City so alluring. (Overnight in New York City)

Today, you'll travel to the train station on your own and board the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago! The train travels along picturesque shorelines, including that of Lake Michigan and the Erie Canal. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4             CHICAGO
Chicago is one of North America's largest cities, jam packed with delicious food, stunning architecture, history and art. Use you included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour and Chicago CityPass to start exploring! Visit the Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, the Old Water Tower, SkyDeck Chicago, the Adler Planetarium, Buckingham Fountain, Palmer House Hilton, and so much more! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 5             CHICAGO
Continue using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour to discover anything you didn't get a chance to see yesterday! Then, explore on your own. There's the Chicago Cultural Center, Harold Washington Library, or Promontory Point at Burnham Park. Oh, and don't forget about that famous deep-dish pizza! (Overnight in Chicago)

Depart Chicago's Union Station onboard the Southwest Chief today for an overnight rail journey to Williams, Arizona. You'll travel through fields of gold, prairies, farmland, cross the mighty Mississippi, and traverse mountains, deserts and canyon passages. The great American West is sure to captivate you on this train journey! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7             WILLIAMS, AZ
Known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, the quaint mountain town of Williams is home to Americana-style restaurants and shops dating back to the 1900s. It's also located along the world-famous Route 66 and nestled beneath a canopy of the beautiful Ponderosa Pines of Kaibab Forest. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 8             GRAND CANYON
After having breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant, board the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. During your Grand Canyon Freedom Rim Tour, you'll discover why the South Rim has been hosting visitors since the 1850's. It's awe-inspiring. Except, back then, the trip here meant surviving a bone-jarring stagecoach ride that took anywhere from one to two days! With close to two dozen expansive, breath-taking viewpoints, the South Rim will provoke childlike wonder and a sense that the world is so much more magnificent and grand than you imagined. (Overnight in Grand Canyon's South Rim) B

DAY 9             GRAND CANYON
Use your free day to see any sights and capture memories that you didn't get a chance to yesterday. At the South Rim alone, there is plenty to see and do on your own! Watch the sunrise or sunset, visit the Yavapai Geology Museum or Desert View Watchtower, make reservations to have dinner at a historic lodge, or simply relax. (Overnight in Grand Canyon's South Rim)

Take the Grand Canyon Railway train from South Rim back to Williams. In the evening, enjoy your included dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant before boarding Amtrak's Southwest Chief to Los Angeles. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11           LOS ANGELES
Welcome to exciting Los Angeles! After checking into your hotel and getting settled, enjoy your included tour of famous movie stars' homes and a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour. Visit Beverly Hills, Mullholland Drive, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During your outing, see the homes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, and more. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 12           LOS ANGELES
Continue using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour to explore any attractions or landmarks you didn't see yesterday. Then, get out and discover the city's charms and hidden gems on your own, like some delicious cuisine or go check out the beautiful beaches in Santa Monica. (Overnight in Los Angeles)


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.

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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