Classic Coast to Coast by Rail - 6 Day Tour
Get ready for an amazing coast-to-coast adventure, starting in New York, New York and ending in the "City by the Bay," San Francisco. There's no better way to see this great country than by looking out the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows of the train. Here you'll experience all the beauty and majesty of America's best.from the wild prairie to the lush plains to grandiose mountains. Enjoy Amtrak's breathtaking rail travel, tours, and comfortable accommodations as you travel aboard two famous lines. This tour features the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago and the California Zephyr to San Francisco.
Day 1 - New York -- the city that never sleeps
Your tour starts in sophisticated New York City where you'll check into your hotel, near the heart of Times Square. Catch a Broadway play, see what's happening at Madison Square Garden or take a carriage ride through Central Park. Enjoy dinner at one of New York's fabulous restaurants and be dazzled by Times Square, all lit up at night. Overnight New York City.
Day 2 - New York City at Leisure / Board the Lake Shore Limited
The morning is yours to explore New York City. Take time to visit some of the city's most renowned and important sights including the famous Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, Central Park, and Ground Zero. Then board the Lake Shore Limited at Penn Station. Read, listen to music or chat with your fellow travelers. Check out a map of your journey in the Dining Car or Lounge Car as you gaze out at the passing scenery. As you head west, you'll pass some historic points of interest such as West Point Academy, Bannerman's Castle and FDR's National Historic Site. You'll then travel 130 miles along the Hudson River, also known as "America's Rhine" for its natural beauty, passing by Albany, the NY state capitol. Continue west through Ohio and Indiana as you make your way to historic Union Station in Chicago. Overnight train. (D)
Day 3 - Arrive in Chicago, transfer to the California Zephyr
Your train pulls into Chicago around 10:00 am and you'll have time to explore the "Windy City" before your train leaves this afternoon. Enjoy a taste of Chicago-style pizza, go to the top of nearby Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) observatory, and see "The Bean" in Millennium Park. Then board the legendary California Zephyr for your 2:00 pm departure. Follow the train's route in the dining car or Sightseeing Lounge with its floor to ceiling windows as you head west. Overnight train. (B, D)
Day 4 - Enroute to San Francisco via America the beautiful
You'll awake this morning as sweeping vistas of the glorious Rocky Mountains come into view. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the dining car. But keep your camera handy. You won't want a miss a second of the spectacular scenery that greets you at every turn. Just west of Denver, the Zephyr will begin its momentous climb towards the Continental Divide, winding around sharp mountain curves and through the "Tunnel District." On your way to Moffat Tunnel, you'll reach our highest elevation, more than 9,000 feet above sea level. Other highlights include Glenwood and Ruby Canyons and Grand Junction, the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park. Pass through Salt City around 11:00 pm this evening. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Arrive in San Francisco -- where you're sure to leave your heart
Running across the glorious snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Zephyr travels through the Truckee River, Donner Pass, onto Reno and Sacramento, then into Emeryville/San Francisco. Once in San Francisco, you'll connect by a motorcoach to the Ferry Building. Check in to your hotel for the evening. San Francisco is a cultural and culinary wonderland, so head to Fisherman's Wharf for a sea side dinner, Ghirardelli Square or Chinatown for a great night on the town. Overnight San Francisco. (B, L)
Day 6 - Tour Ends
Spend the day in San Francisco by taking a guided tour of the city (not included), where the spirit of the Gold Rush continues to fill the air. See Alcatraz, one of the most famous prisons in the country, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, the world's most crooked street, Haight-Ashbury, beautiful Pacific Heights and more. Ride the cable cars and take a cruise around San Francisco Bay.
Pre and Post Trip Options
Many of our guests choose to spend additional nights in New York and San Francisco. Vacations by Rail would be happy to make hotel and sightseeing arrangements for you.
Extend your visit with a day trip to Wine Country, Sausalito and Muir Woods, home of the California Redwoods. Take an Amtrak train back to your city of origin or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Hotels include the Affinia Hotel and Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf. Amtrak accommodations are in Roomette accommodations and include and includes access to the Sightseer Lounge car and meals aboard the train. Upgrade to Bedroom sleeping accommodation is available.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Prices are subject to change, and all reservations are based upon availability.
Senior discounts and single pricing are available upon request. Contact a rail specialist for details.
NOTE: *Arrival and Departure times are subject to change without notice. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Lake Shore Limited Trains or California Zephyr Trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.