Best of the West - Five National Parks
On this exclusive tour, climb aboard a classic steamliner train and see the natural wonders that have long made America’s West the land of wild imagination and rugged individualists.
See America like never before. This exclusive, limited-departure tour brings you to the most sublime places on the continent, including five of the nation’s most treasured National Parks. Be captivated by the titular geological wonders of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Float down the Snake River with the majestic Grand Teton Mountains at your back. Feel the spray of Old Faithful in Yellowstone. Cross Glacier National Park’s spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic Red Jammer Bus. The Best of the West tour combines adventure with the kind of superior accommodations that existed during the Golden Age of rail travel. On this all-American vacation, you’ll travel in comfort and style through the beautiful Wild West.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Train travel from Chicago to Grand Junction,Colorado aboard the Great Western Limited, a scenic overnight trip. All meals, wines & spirits aboard are included.
- Fully hosted from start to finish by professional Tour Manager that handles all the details.
- 14 nights accommodation
- Sightseeing which includes the famed red 'Jammer' buses over the extraordinary ‘Going to the Sun Highway'.
- Train travel from Glacier National Park to Chicago aboard the Great Western Limited
- Meals including breakfast daily.
- Complete sightseeing throughout including all admission fees.
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
Guests depart Chicago bound for Utah. There is a welcome reception and dinner as we roll West over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in great comfort and style. (D)
Day 2 - Overnight Moab, UT
All day is spent traversing the Colorado Rockies with an afternoon arrival in Grand Junction, Colorado. The highlight today is awe-inspiring Glenwood Canyon. We begin our two-night stayat remarkable Red Cliffs Lodge, possibly the best of all of our hotels with its stunning location on the Colorado River surrounded by natural beauty and a short walk from various attractions. (B,L,AT)
Day 3 - Overnight Moab, UT
We tour Arches National Park this morning. The forces of nature have acted in concert to create the landscape of Arches, which contain the greatest density of natural arches in the world, over 2100 amazing formations. After a spectacular day of scenery, tonight is our welcome dinner. (B, D)
Day 4 - Overnight Moab, UT
The highlight of today is Canyonlands National Park, a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, theMaze, and the rivers. (B, L)
Day 5 - Overnight Salt Lake City
We depart Moab this morning and drive north to Salt Lake City with plenty of time to relax, and explore this lovely city. Overnight this evening is at the acclaimed Little America Hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 - Overnight Salt Lake City
All morning to sleep in with 10am sightseeing tour that includes famed Temple Square and we have left all afternoon free for you to furtherenjoy Salt Lake at your pace. Overnight the at the showcase Little America Hotel. (B)
Day 7 - Jackson Hole
After breakfast, we depart for Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Wonder at this spectacular landscape, rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-reowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year. Check into the superbly located Homewood Suites to begin our two-night stay. There is time tonight to enjoy Jackson Hole, including the fabled Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. (B, L)
Day 8 - Jackson Hole
After breakfast, we enjoy a morning float trip on the Snake River with the backdrop of the most impressive mountain range in North America, the Grand Tetons. The afternoon is free to explore quaint downtown Jackson and we highly recommend a visit to the storied Silver Dollar Bar. Tonight an old-west treat, an outdoor cowboy cookout. (B, D)
Day 9 - Yellowstone
We drive north to Yellowstone. America's first National Park, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This afternoon we check into the charming Lake Yellowstone Frontier Cabins, located inside Yellowstone National Park. (B)
Day 10 - Yellowstone
Today we see all of Yellowstone's majesty with Upper & Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You will want your camera handy since today is a visual feast. (B)
Day 11 - Fairmont Hot Springs
Another pretty day as we drive North to picturesque Fairmont Hot Springs, the perfect midtrip indulgence. Admission to the soothing hot springs is included and there is a fine spa as well as a range of outdoor activities. (B, D)
Day 12 - Glacier Park
A beautiful day as we travel into Glacier National Park with an afternoon visit to Many Glacier, surrounded by the high peaks of the Lewis Range. Overnight is spent at the charming Lodge at Whitefish Lake, one of the only AAA four-diamond rated hotels in Montana. This lovely hotel, on the shores of Whitefish Lake is far and away the best lodge in the area with superb food and an intimate scale. The hotel features many fine dining and relaxation activities including private beach and lakeside pool and hot tubs. (B)
Day 13 - Glacier Park
The Big Day! We depart this morning aboard one of the famed red open-air 'jammer buses for a spellbinding day that finds us traversing the breathtaking 'Going to the Sun' road (weather permitting) over the Continental Divide. Later today, shimmering Lake McDonald where an early evening boat cruise is included. Many of our passengers rate this the prettiest day of the entire tour which is saying quite a lot. Overnight at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake. (B, D)
Day 14 - All Aboard
After breakfast, guests depart from Glacier Park aboard the ‘Great Western Limited'. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner as we speed East. (B, L, D)
Day 15 - Journey Home
The Great Western Limited arrives in St. Pauls Milwaukee and Chicago today. (B, L)
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I want to tell you how much we enjoyed the August 21 Best of the West Trip.The scenery was everything we had hoped for. I especially enjoyed Glacier, Arches, and Red Cliff Lodge.The problem we had with Amtrak's canceling its eastbound trains at the end of the trip was handled very professionally.Thanks for providing the trip we wanted.
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3rd/4th persons sharing a room pay $1,995 per person. No additional taxes or fees.
Guests who wish to upgrade from the included coach accommodations may upgrade to bedroom accommodations. Pricing varies by date and room type.