Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon - 6 Day Tour
Ride the rails west to the American frontier and experience the magnificent Grand Canyon up close and personal. Enjoy deluxe rail travel and meals, tours and comfortable accommodations as you explore the abundant beauty of America's greatest wonder. This tour features travel aboard the Southwest Chief to Williams Junction, Arizona, the historic Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and ending in ultra-hip Los Angeles. (Sleeping accommodation upgrades onboard the train is available for an extra charge.)
- Rail transportation on Amtrak's Southwest Chief
- All meals onboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief (Sleeping Accommodation Passengers Only)
- Dinner and breakfast at the Grand Depot Café in Williams, Arizona
- Hotel accommodations for three nights
- Roundtrip Coach Class train travel on the Grand Canyon Railway (Upgrades available)
- Motorcoach rim tour
Day 1 - Depart Chicago westbound on Amtrak's Southwest Chief
Get set for adventure as you board the Southwest Chief at Chicago's historic Union Station. Settle in your comfortable reclining seat with leg rest or private room (upgraded passengers) for a mid-afternoon departure. Relax, read or listen to music. Be sure to see the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car with its swivel seats and expansive views. Have a glass of wine and toast to the marvelous journey ahead. You'll pass through the prairie, the plains and the mighty Mississippi River. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Arrive Williams Junction, Arizona
As you head west, you'll notice the changing scenery, where snow-capped mountains and lush valleys come into view. Relax as you spend the day riding the rails over Raton Pass, elevation of 7834 feet, through New Mexico and Arizona. You'll arrive in Williams Junction, Arizona around 10:30 p.m. and check into the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Overnight Williams.
Day 3 - The Grand Canyon and Historic Grand Canyon Railway Train
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Grand Depot Café and board the historic Grand Canyon Railway for a ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Carved over several millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau, the Grand Canyon is seen by more than five million visitors who come from all over the world each year. From any perspective, this great chasm is unsurpassed in size, color and geological importance. After your tour, you are free to explore the Grand Canyon South Rim or check in to your hotel. Overnight Grand Canyon.
Day 4 - Discover the Grand Canyon on your own
Spend the morning exploring the South Rim from many different vistas. Photo buffs will want to capture the best shots at sunrise. The overlooks along Desert View Drive and Hermit Road are some of the great viewing spots. In the afternoon, board the historic Grand Canyon Railway southbound back to Williams. Enjoy the ride and the grand folklore shared by the conductors and strolling musicians as well as a few surprises along the way. Have dinner at the Grand Depot Café and board the Southwest Chief around 9:00 p.m., heading westbound to Los Angeles. Overnight train.
Day 5 - Arrive in Los Angeles -- Hooray for Hollywood!
Your train arrives in LA's Union Station in the morning and you'll check into your hotel before you head out to this cosmopolitan city. See the extensive art collections in the J. Paul Getty Center or the La Brea Tar Pits on Museum Row. Who knows which Hollywood stars you'll run into while shopping on Rodeo Drive or Melrose Avenue? No trip to LA would be complete without visiting Venice Beach Boardwalk, Mann's Chinese Theater or the Santa Monica Pier. Overnight Los Angeles.
Day 6 - The tour ends
Plan to stay in Los Angeles for another day or two. Catch all the action at Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Bros. Studios and Disneyland. Take an Amtrak train back to your city of origin or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Hotels include the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Maswik Lodge, and Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Amtrak accommodations are in Coach class and include a reclining seat with leg rest and access to the Sightseer Lounge car.
Upgrades to Roomette and Bedroom sleeping accommodations are available for an additional fee and include all meals aboard the train.
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.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon vacation.
Senior discounts and single pricing are available upon request. Contact a rail specialist for details.
NOTE: *Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Southwest Chief trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.