America’s west is home to some of the country’s greatest national parks, monuments, and must-see destinations. Travel across the western frontier to Colorado to explore Rocky Mountain towns and the historic trains of the area, or continue west to Salt Lake City, the cowboy town of Jackson, and San Francisco, the City by the Bay, with easy connections to Muir Woods and its Giant Sequoia groves and Yosemite National Park, home to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America, as well as Half Dome and El Capitan, the park’s most notable rock formations.
Other popular destinations for a western U.S. rail tour include Glacier National Park for a journey across one of the most famous roadways, the Going-to-the-Sun Road; Yellowstone National Park to see an incredible variety of flora, fauna, waterfalls, deep canyons, hot springs and geysers; Mt. Rushmore showcasing the visages of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and visited by more than 3 million people annually; and, Seattle, the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, ideally located as a launching point for Alaska cruise vacations and Western Canada rail tours.
Train Vacations to the West
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by Rail 9 days from $2399
Visit Albuquerque’s 44th annual International Balloon Fiesta and watch as hundreds of hot air balloons are launched to New Mexico’s sky. Additional highlights include visits to Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks, a journey aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and a tour of historic Santa Fe.
Departs from September 2015 to September 2015.
More than 2,000 acres of geysers, hot springs, and lava formations await you in Yellowstone, the world's first national park established in 1872.
Departs from May 2015 to October 2015.
California Zephyr with Yosemite National Park - Chicago to San Francisco 8 days from $1369
The only thing more appealing than a train vacation through the Rocky and Sierra Mountains is one that includes a visit to the waterfalls and Giant Sequoia groves of Yosemite National Park.
Departs from May 2014 to October 2015.
Coast Starlight and the Columbia River Cruise 9 days from $4472
Travel along the dazzling Pacific Coast aboard the Coast Starlight for the overnight journey from Los Angeles to Portland, where you will meet the American Empress for your river cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Highlights of your Pacific Northwest adventure include visits to Astoria, The Dalles and Sacajawea State Park.
Departs from August 2014 to October 2015.
Empire Builder - Glacier National Park & Alaska Cruise 15 days from $3033
Experience all the beauty of the Pacific Northwest on this 15-day rail-cruise vacation.
Departs from June 2015 to August 2016.