America Coast to Coast with Grand Canyon
From New York City to the Grand Canyon, see the best of the U.S. by train!
From New York City to the Grand Canyon, see the best of the U.S. by train! Travel coast to coast aboard four renowned Amtrak trains as you travel from New York City to Washington, DC, Chicago, the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles on this 14-day cross-country rail adventure. Start in the Big Apple, where you have the opportunity to see the sights at leisure. Taking in a Broadway play or strolling around Central Park are always popular choices.
After New York, board Amtrak's high-speed Acela to Washington D.C. While in the Nation's capital visit historic monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Library of Congress. From Washington D.C, continue your cross-country adventure to the Windy City, Chicago. While in the city, visit classic highlights such as Navy Pier and Millennium Park, or visit one of the city's several museums including the Art Institute and Field Museum.
Following your stay in Chicago, venture west aboard the Southwest Chief to Williams Junction, the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Experience the famous natural wonder in a completely unique way as you travel aboard the vintage Grand Canyon Railway to the Canyon's South Rim. Finally, complete your rail vacation with a visit to Los Angeles. Spend your last few days taking in the sights, such as Rodeo Drive or the Santa Monica Pier, and a trip to the famous Universal Studios.
This vacation is also available from Los Angeles to New York based on your travel preference.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard Amtrak (3 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- Select meals (including meals onboard train when upgrading to a roomette or bedroom)
- Hop On/Hop Off double-decker bus tour in New York City
- DC sightseeing excursion
- Chicago Hop On/Hop Off trolley tour
- Roundtrip travel aboard the Grand Canyon Railway
- Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
- Universal Studios attraction pass
Day 1 - Arrive in New York City
Welcome to the Big Apple! Upon arrival in New York City, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Visit Times Square, take in a theater performance, and enjoy one of New York's many fantastic restaurants. Overnight New York City.
Day 2 - New York Sightseeing
Board a double-decker sightseeing bus for an amazing tour of the city. Hop on and off at more than 30 different stops including Central Park, Lincoln Center, Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, and more. Overnight New York City.
Day 3 - High-Speed Train to the U.S. Capitol
This morning head to bustling Penn Station and board the high-speed Acela for your 10:00 am train trip to Washington, DC. Upon arrival, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel with the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure to explore the nation's capitol. Overnight Washington, DC.
Day 4 - DC Sightseeing
Washington, DC is full of amazing things to see and do. Get a lay of the land while learning all about the history that surrounds this great city on today's guided sightseeing tour of DC's top monuments and attractions. A special highlight is a boat cruise on the Potomac River! Overnight Washington, DC.
Day 5 - Capitol Limited to Chicago
The better part of the day is free to visit one of Washington, DC's many important museums and monuments, explore Georgetown, or see where the nation's elected officials conduct business on the Hill. This afternoon, make your way to DC's Union Station to board Amtrak's Capitol Limited for the overnight journey to Chicago. As the train makes its journey through Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana, visit the Sightseer Lounge car for panoramic views of the passing scenery, enjoy a hot meal in the dining car with your fellow travelers, and settle into your onboard accommodations for the comfortable trip west. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 6 - Chicago Sightseeing
The Capitol Limited is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:45 am. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel, drop off your belongings, and hit the town for a full day of sightseeing on a hop on/hop off trolley tour. Visit the city's most popular attractions including Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, the theater district and more. Overnight Chicago. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 7 - Chicago at Leisure
You have a full day at your leisure in the Windy City. Visit one of the city's amazing museums to view precious works of art, age-old fossils, or the solar system. Shop the fine stores along the Magnificent Mile. Enjoy a cocktail--and the views--from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, situated in the heart of the city. Stroll along the lakefront, see a first-run play, and dine in a renowned steak house. Overnight Chicago.
Day 8 - Southwest Chief to Williams
There's no need to rush this morning. Sleep in or finish your souvenir shopping. This afternoon make your way to Chicago's historic Union Station. Board Amtrak's Southwest Chief and settle in for the overnight journey to Williams, Arizona. As the train begins its journey west mid-afternoon, visit the Sightseer Lounge for stunning views of the passing scenery. Overnight train (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 9 - En Route to Williams
As you leave the plains of the Midwest behind, the scenery changes to colorful desert. Spend the day relaxing aboard the train. Read a book, chat with your fellow travelers or get lost in thought as you enjoy unsurpassed scenery from the lounge car or your seat. The train arrives in Williams Junction late this evening. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in neighboring Williams. Overnight Williams. (B, L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 10 - Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon
After breakfast at the Grand Depot Café, make the journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon aboard the vintage Grand Canyon Railway, the historic train that once transported the likes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Doris Day. Once at the Grand Canyon, embark on a Freedom Tour of the South Rim, a narrated tour that visits some of the most prominent lookouts including Mohave Point and Hermits Rest. Overnight Grand Canyon. (B)
Day 11 - The Grand Canyon
The morning is yours to explore Grand Canyon Village and its historic buildings--either on your own or on an optional tour of the area. This afternoon board the Grand Canyon Railway for the return trip to Williams. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner at the Grand Depot Café. Take the evening to relax at the historic Grand Canyon Railway hotel before transferring to Williams Junction for your 10:33 pm train west to Los Angeles. After such a full day, you'll be ready for a good night's rest aboard the Southwest Chief. Overnight train. (D)
Day 12 - Arrive in Los Angeles
The Southwest Chief arrives at Los Angeles' Union Station at 8:15 am. Transfer on your own to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. See Santa Monica Pier, visit the Getty Museum, shop the chic boutiques along Rodeo Drive, or ask your concierge to get you tickets to a local sporting event or concert. Overnight Los Angeles. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 13 - Universal Studios
Your day is steeped in movie magic as you revel in the thrills of amusement park rides and behind-the-scenes tours at Universal Studios. Your front-of-the-line attractions pass gives you priority boarding privileges for all attractions, reserved seating at all Universal Studios show, and behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions. Overnight Los Angeles.
Day 14 - Return Home
Your vacation comes to an end this morning. Transfer on your own to the airport or railway station for your return trip home.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Affinia Hotel, Holiday Inn Capitol at the Smithsonian, Palmer House Hilton, Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Maswik Lodge, and Millennium Biltmore.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 5th April 2015 and 24th October 2015||$2553||
|Departs Daily between 5th April 2015 and 24th October 2015||$3016||
|Departs Daily between 5th April 2015 and 24th October 2015||$4236||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 5th April 2015 and 24th October 2015 from $2553
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 5th April 2015 and 24th October 2015 from $3016
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 5th April 2015 and 24th October 2015 from $4236
* Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on long-distance trains may encounter delays due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.
Prices are correct at the time this web page is published; however are subject to change.