Travel on the California Zephyr on a rail journey to explore the USA's most iconic national parks, including America's first, Yellowstone. Travel on the iconic Grand Canyon Railway, which traverses an expanse of ponderosa pine forest before it terminates at the South Rim of the Canyon. Discover the rugged beauty of Yosemite National Park, with its abundant wildlife.

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Visit three iconic National Parks

See a variety of landscapes from the comfort of the train

Explore San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Chicago

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Day 1

Los Angeles - San Francisco

Board the Coast Starlight train for San Francisco and savour the rolling hills and amazing ocean views as you head north. Upon arrival the evening is at your leisure.

Day 2

Yosemite National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Yosemite National Park and experience the rugged beauty and abundant wildlife for which the park is famous. Return to San Francisco for the night.

Day 3

San Francisco - Salt Lake City

Head west to Salt Lake City on the California Zephyr and enjoy the scenic desert views. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for a two night stay. (L)(D)

Day 4

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City offers a range of outdoor recreational and cultural activities to explore at your own pace.

Day 5

Salt Lake City - West Yellowstone

This morning, board your shuttle to Yellowstone National Park and enjoy the scenery along the way. Upon arrival in West Yellowstone, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park

Today you experience the majesty of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Formed from the remains of an extinct super-volcano that exploded around 600,000 years ago, the park is full of alpine lakes, flowing rivers, jagged peaks, hot springs and geysers. On today’s tour, keep your eyes open for elk, bears, bison pronghorn and even wolves.

Day 7

West Yellowstone - Salt Lake City

Return to Salt Lake City and spend the evening exploring the city.

Day 8

On Board Amtrak

This morning board the California Zephyr and take in the landscape of the American countryside as you head east. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9


Welcome to the Windy City! Enjoy the sights at your leisure. Highlights include Navy Pier, Millennium Park and a walk down the Magnificent Mile. This evening, enjoy great dining options or take in live music at a blues club. (B)(L)

Day 10

On Board Amtrak

Enjoy the morning at leisure before boarding the Southwest Chief. Take in the vast prairie as the train winds southwest. Spend a relaxing night on board and wake up to the desert landscape of Arizona. (D)

Day 11


Known as the ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon’, Williams is an outdoor desert paradise filled with recreational activities. (B)(L)(D)

Day 12

Grand Canyon

Your journey on the iconic Grand Canyon Railway traverses an expanse of ponderosa pine forest before terminating at the South Rim of the Canyon. Over millions of years the waters of the Colorado River have carved the canyon into one of the great wonders of the natural world. Enjoy a guided tour to learn more about this unique place. (B)

Day 13

On Board Amtrak

Wake early to witness a spectacular sunrise over the Canyon before returning to Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway. Dinner is included as you prepare for the journey home. (D)

Day 14

Los Angeles

Your journey ends upon arrival in Los Angeles.

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