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Scenic America by Rail with Yellowstone National Park

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Trip Overview

You can’t truly grasp just how big, diverse, and beautiful America is until you adventure from coast to coast. During this 13-day train journey from New York City to San Francisco, you’ll get the chance to take in stunning landscapes, iconic cities, and all the onboard experiences that make train travel so memorable. Surely, one of the main highlights of this holiday will be your visit to Yellowstone National Park. From sea to shining sea, America has some truly unforgettable scenery.


  • 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 Yellowstone National Park’s Lower Loop
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco with Bay cruise


  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to Chicago; Chicago to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco on the Lake Shore Limited® and California Zephyr®
  • Roundtrip transfer from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals included (2 dinners)
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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 New York City! After checking into your hotel and getting settled in, step out into the city and begin getting to know why visitors from around the world flock here in the millions each year! Use your included CityPASS and experience the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock, and so much more! (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 2            NEW YORK CITY
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city to visit all the most popular neighbourhoods, landmarks and attractions. Explore for as much or as little as you’d like! Enjoy the guided commentary along the way and learn all about New York City. (Overnight in New York City)

Board your direct Lake Shore Limited train from New York City’s Penn Station to Chicago. The nearly 1,000-mile route traverses through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. One thing is for sure, you’re guaranteed to see some epic landscapes along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4            CHICAGO
When you arrive in Chicago, maximize your sightseeing time by using your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. You can even start using your CityPass to visit the Shedd Aquarium, SkyDeck Chicago, and so much more! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 5            CHICAGO
On your second day in the bustling city is all yours to discover its crowd-pleasing attractions and hidden gems at your leisure. Shop along the Magnificent Mile, enjoy local cuisine, or check out any interesting points of interest you didn’t get a chance to yesterday. Feeling adventurous and want to get out on your own? Embark on your very own walking tour. You never know what you’ll find! (Overnight in Chicago)

Travel on your own to Chicago’s Union Station for your journey to Salt Lake City. Along the way, you’ll traverse through some wonderful landscapes. Watch as neighbourhoods turn into blue skies and fields of gold before the train hikes up the breath-taking Colorado Rockies. This 1608-mile train trip stops at a number of stations in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Utah before arriving at your destination. The onboard experience is on to be cherished and enjoyed slowly. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7            SALT LAKE CITY
When you arrive in the urban heart of Utah, check into your hotel and get some rest before your trip to West Yellowstone tomorrow. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

This morning you’ll take your included transfer to West Yellowstone onboard Salt Lake Express. Along the way, you’ll get to watch as the landscapes change. Once in West Yellowstone, check into your hotel and then step out to explore the town in the evening. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

Wake up early for an exciting day tour to Yellowstone National Park! Your interpretive guide will tell you all about the region as you stop to view wildlife and visit all the crowd-pleasing attractions. There are many highlights along this tour so don’t forget your camera! Following the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

Take your included transfer from West Yellowstone back to Salt Lake City. Tonight, dinner is included at one of the city’s most popular restaurants. Later, head to the train station to board the California Zephyr to San Francisco. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

When you arrive in San Francisco, your coast to coast train journey will come to an end. Check into your hotel and then step out and enjoy the city at leisure. This evening, enjoy your included dinner at a popular, local restaurant. (Overnight in San Francisco)

See all the city’s most popular landmarks and attractions with your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour and Bay cruise. Then, spend your last night in San Francisco exploring on your own. (Overnight in San Francisco)


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 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.

Kimpton Alton Hotel (Formerly 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.

Little America Hotel SLC

Little America Hotel is conveniently located on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, just 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges in the magnificent Salt Lake Valley, Little America is within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, cultural and sporting events, and is roughly 30-40 minutes from the major ski resorts. Other nearby attractions include historic Temple Square, the world-famous Great Salt Lake and national parks, forests, and monuments.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

Discover Salt Lake City destinations in the downtown area surrounding the Radisson, from Capitol Theater and Temple Square to the Family History Library, Gateway Shopping Center and City Creek Shopping Center. SLC Airport is just a short commute thanks to the nearby Arena TRAX light rail station, and Hogle Zoo provides hours of entertainment for families.

Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone

Located in the heart of West Yellowstone, the new 50-cabin property provides a unique vacation experience. Enjoy stylish décor, upscale linen and your own private cabin. The kitchenettes allow for light cooking to enjoy a simple meal.

Gray Wolf Inn And Suites

The Gray Wolf Inn & Suites is conveniently located next to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone - the four-season getaway to Yellowstone National Park. Our free deluxe continental breakfast, included with every room, is served in the lobby adjacent to the signature Gray Wolf lobby fireplace. For dinner we recommend the The Oregon Short Line Restaurant, located two blocks away at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone Hotel.

Holiday Inn West Yellowstone

If you're looking for the best Yellowstone National Park lodging close to the Park's West entrance, you've found it! The hotel is located is just three blocks from Yellowstone National Park. We're the premier destination for Yellowstone family vacations, memorable meetings and corporate retreats. All guest rooms and corridors were renovated in early 2014.

Yellowstone Park Hotel

Built in 2007 and featuring an attractive list of amenities and a AAA® Three-Diamond rating, the well-appointed, non-smoking Yellowstone Park Hotel has earned a loyal guest following. Best of all, it's located three blocks from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and less than an hour's drive from the lower geyser basin and Old Faithful.

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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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