Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon - Chicago to Los Angeles
Ride the rails west to the American frontier and experience the magnificent Grand Canyon up close and personal.
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.
Available for westbound travelers beginning in Chicago and concluding in Los Angeles. Ask a Vacations By Rail specialist for details.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights including a night at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
- All meals on train
- Dinner and breakfast at the Grand Depot Café in Williams, Arizona
- Train travel on the Grand Canyon Railway
- 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 at 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 at 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, TCL 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.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Maswik Lodge, and Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Click here to view testimonials for Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon - Chicago to Los Angeles.
Excellent customer service when we needed to switch lodging due to train delay and weather.
Fabulous vacation planning by our Vacations By Rail agent. She even planned an extra day for us to stay in the Grand Canyon and our family enjoyed the beauty for another day. Thanks Vacations by Rail for letting us see our beautiful country (USA) and leaving the 'driving' to Amtrak.
Thanks for your help coordinating our trip. I had a fantastic time on my vacation, the train experience was unbelievable, it's too bad that this form of travel has gone by the wayside and, it's too bad that it is so expensive to travel by rail. The coach itself was clean and the accommodations made by our coach attendant were great, they (we had two, Julio and Brian, were both extremely jovial, and considerate of our concerns. They treated my son who is seven years old very well. The dining room staff was also very accommodating, great service and great attitudes on the dining car. Moses, the head chief in the dining car ran a tight ship, John a very senior gentlemen compared to the rest was amazingly cordial and served us wonderfully. This is the best vacation we have had, the combination of the overnighter in the roomette, the dining car, and the Grand Canyon tour were just amazing. Thank you ! ! !
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 15th March 2015 and 31st October 2015||$999||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2015 and 14th March 2016||$999||
|Departs Daily between 15th March 2015 and 31st October 2015||$1354||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2015 and 14th March 2016||$1299||
|Departs Daily between 15th March 2015 and 31st October 2015||$2068||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2015 and 14th March 2016||$1920||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 15th March 2015 and 31st October 2015 from $999, daily between 1st November 2015 and 14th March 2016 from $999
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 15th March 2015 and 31st October 2015 from $1354, daily between 1st November 2015 and 14th March 2016 from $1299
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 15th March 2015 and 31st October 2015 from $2068, daily between 1st November 2015 and 14th March 2016 from $1920
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.