America From Coast to Coast
Travel from Chicago to New York on the Lake Shore Limited. New York City with all of its glitz and glamour awaits you. See the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park.
Travel from Chicago to New York on the Lake Shore Limited. New York City with all of its glitz and glamour awaits you. See the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park. You will then continue on your journey south aboard Amtrak's Crescent On the Crescent you will pass through Alabama and Mississippi en route to The Big Easy. Travel 2,000 miles across five states to Los Angeles on the Sunset Limited. You'll cross the Louisiana Bayou, wastelands of Texas, and stark lands of New Mexico and Arizona. Amtrak's premier train, the Coast Starlight, will take you first-class from Los Angeles to Emeryville on the 469-mile run. See the sights of the “City by the Bay” before boarding the California Zephyr for Chicago. Travel through the Colorado Rockies and under the Continental Divide on this 2438-mile journey.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak rail and connecting motorcoach.
- First-class hotel accommodations for 5 nights
- Private Roomette sleeping accommodations on the train for six nights.
- Sightseeing tours at each destination.
- Baggage handling, taxes, tips.
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Empire State Building
- Times Square
- Central Park
- French District
- El Paso, Texas
- Houston, Texas
- Golden Gate Park
- Mission District
- Fisherman's Wharf
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the Lake Shore Limited
America from Coast to Coast travelers will meet in Chicago Union Station this afternoon. At 8:00 pm we'll board the eastbound Lake Shore Limited. A reception will be held in the dining car. Departure is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Relax in your included Viewliner Roomette. There are two comfortable reclining seats on either side of an eyelevel picture window. At night, your attendant converts the two seats into a lower berth. An upper berth pulls down from the ceiling. There is a 6' x 18” high window next to the upper berth. The Roomette includes a sink and a commode. A shower room is nearby. Bedrooms are available for an additional cost. You're free to explore the train. Go to the lounge car for snacks, sandwiches, and beverages. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Lake Shore Limited
All scheduled dining car meals are included on this tour, starting with breakfast and lunch today. During the day our train will roll across beautiful upstate New York. The trip down the Hudson River with the Catskill Mountains in the background is equally beautiful. Upon arrival into New York's Penn Station at 6:35 p.m., we'll transfer to the San Carlos Hotel for the night. Overnight New York City. (B,L)
Day 3 - New York City
This morning we'll embark on a sightseeing tour of New York City. We'll drive through the most famous uptown and downtown neighborhoods: Harlem, Museum Mile, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Lincoln Center, Grant's Tomb, United Nations, St.Patrick's Cathedral, and many more. At 2:15 pm, you'll be departing New York on the New Orleans-bound Crescent. You again will be enjoying the Viewliner accommodations. Overnight train. (CB,D)
Day 4 - Crescent
We'll be passing through Atlanta at 8:00 this morning and traveling through Alabama and Mississippi during the day. At 7:32 p.m. we'll arrive in the fascinating Crescent City. Our home for the next two nights, Hampton Inn Downtown in the French Quarter. You are free this evening to explore this exciting city. Overnight New Orleans. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - New Orleans
Following a Continental breakfast in our hotel, we'll embark on a three-hour sightseeing tour of the Greater New Orleans area. The tour will include the St. Louis Cemetery III where the above ground burial system will be explained; beautiful City Park, the Lakefront area, the uptown section with its antebellum and new homes, Tulane University, Audubon Park, the French Market, and the Old Mint. The rest of the day you're free to rest or pursue those activities that are of particular interest to you. You're in one of the most attractive cities in the world. Take full advantage of all there is to see, to do and taste. Overnight New Orleans. (CB)
Day 6 - Enroute- Sunset Limited
A Continental breakfast is included at our hotel this morning. We'll transfer to the Amtrak station where our travelers will prepare for a 2,000-mile trip across five states to Los Angeles. We'll travel first-class on the Sunset Limited. Relax in your comfortable private Roomette or Bedroom sleeping accommodations. Departure is scheduled for 9:00 am. All tastefully prepared full-course dining car meals are included. Lunch will be the first of our five included dining car meals on the Sunset Limited. After lunch, options include visiting with new friends while watching the famous swampland of Louisiana (known as the Bayou) from the all-glass Sightseer Lounge car. How about a post lunch nap in your comfortable private room accommodations' Soon we'll be passing through the sugar cane fields. We'll arrive in Houston shortly after 6:18 p.m. You'll have about a half-hour to enjoy a train-side stroll. Overnight train. (CB, L & D)
Day 7 - Enroute
During the night the landscape changed drastically. You're now in the sparsely populated Rio Grande Valley of West Texas. Tumbleweeds and arid lands surround our train. Just west of Del Rio we'll cross the Pecos High Bridge spanning a magnificent canyon cut to the Pecos River 321 feet below. Further on we pass by Langtry where Judge Roy Bean enforced his own “law west of the Pecos.” This area was dealt with in the TV series “Lonesome Dove.” Plan on a train side stroll during our early afternoon stop in El Paso. The rest of the day we'll encounter the stark, desolate—almost hostile—land of southern New Mexico and Arizona. When we arrive in Tucson at 6:45 p.m., you can enjoy another walk. Overnight train. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Enroute - Coast Starlight
Arrival into Los Angeles Union Station is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. You can occupy your accommodations until 6:30 am. Your tour manager will explain the various “on-your-own” breakfast options, ranging from a Starbucks and a 7-11 style convenience store in the station to nearby restaurants, including the famous Philliipes and an eatery serving an adjacent office complex. Enjoy the station's architecture, gardens, and throne-line seating. Gather at 8:45 am for complimentary coffee, tea, and juice before boarding Amtrak's premier train, the Coast Starlight. Departure for Emeryville (San Francisco) is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. Since you will have a first-class Roomette for the 469-mile daytime journey to Emeryville, you will be entitled to enjoy the exclusive Pacific Parlour Car's* overstuffed furniture, library, games, and afternoon wine tasting. A delicious dining car lunch and dinner are included. The scenic highlights of the day will be the traversing mountain ranges and about 100 miles of rolling along the awesome Pacific Ocean coastline. Our arrival in the world-famous “City by the Bay” is scheduled for 10:02 pm. Our home for two nights in San Francisco is the attractive Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf. Overnight San Francisco. (L,D)
Day 9 - San Francisco at leisure
You're free this morning to ride a cable car or just wander through Union Square enjoying the great shops and galleries. At 1:00 pm we'll embark on a three and-a-half hour sightseeing tour of San Francisco, including Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill, the Presidio and Fisherman's Wharf. Our tour will end at the world-renowned Fisherman's Wharf, with its picturesque sights and pungent smells. It attracts millions of visitors annually. You'll have several hours to discover the excellent restaurants, markets, import houses and souvenir shops. Return to our hotel or spend more time at this marvelous attraction. Choose one of the many fine restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf. Overnight San Francisco.
Day 10 - California Zephyr
This morning we'll transfer to the nearby Emeryville Amtrak Station where we will board the California Zephyr for our 2438-mile journey across seven states to Chicago. Departure is at 9:10 am. Look forward to the same accommodations and amenities you enjoyed on the Sunset Limited. Lunch and dinner are included in the dining car today. Lighter fare is available in the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car. You'll want to spend time in the Sightseer Lounge. As we travel eastward we leave the lush green landscape and palm trees of California and enter the rugged terrain, dotted with pine trees, of the high Sierra Nevada mountains. We will pass through the famous Donner Pass this afternoon. Overnight train. (L,D)
Day 11 - Denver
Make sure you take the opportunity to view the spectacular Colorado Rockies scenery from the Sightseer Lounge car as we make our way toward Denver. When we leave Glenwood Springs, we will begin to climb through the awesome Rockies toward the Continental Divide. We'll encounter the famous 6.2-mile long Moffat Tunnel and, literally, go under the Continental Divide. The mountain vistas will continue throughout the afternoon. We'll arrive in Denver at 7:18 pm. Overnight train. (B, L,D)
Day 12 - En route to Chicago
The California Zephyr will roll across Iowa and Illinois and arrive in Chicago at mid afternoon. Some tour members will change to trains bound for Midwest, Eastern, and Southern home cities. Others will spend the night in Chicago and fly home tomorrow. (B,L)
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|10th April 2015||$3,595||Book Now|
|10th April 2015||$5,040||Book Now|
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Roomette: Departs 10th April 2015 ($3,595)
Bedroom: Departs 10th April 2015 ($5,040)