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America Coast to Coast by Rail - an Escorted Experience

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Travel from New York to San Francisco exploring all the highlights along the way, including Manhattan, the White House, Chicago, the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood and San Francisco.

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19 days From $6,795 per person
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2021 Tour code: GR-USGA-21

About the tour

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in New York

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York today.

Day 2 - Sightseeing in New York

Today, we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbor, spotting landmarks from our unique vantage point on the water like Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty. Later, we take a guided tour of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers.

Days 3 & 4 - Washington, DC

On Day 3 you take the train south to Washington, the nation's capital, where you spend two nights at the Fairfax Embassy Row, located in the Dupont Circle district of the city. This afternoon you begin a guided tour of this elegant city, passing many of the famous landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon. Day 4 is free to explore Washington at leisure. Why not visit the world's largest art, science and history museum complex - the fantastic Smithsonian? There are many other terrific places to visit, including Arlington Cemetery and lively Adams Morgan and many other sights.

Day 5 - To the Mid-West

We leave Washington late-afternoon on the Capitol Limited. The Capitol Limited service runs daily between Washington DC and Chicago, following the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley. Our overnight journey takes us past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh, before crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland, across Indiana and eventually into the center of Chicago. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of the Sightseer Lounge before moving to the dining car to enjoy dinner - included as part of the journey.

Days 6-8 - Overnight to Chicago & the Great Plains

We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board the Capitol Limited. Here we spend the next two nights at the Cambria Hotel, located within walking distance of Navy Pier, the shops of the Magnificent Mile and the lake. On arrival in Chicago, we board a coach at the station for a city tour that revisits the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and '30s. We take in the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre as well as Al Capone's headquarters, and some of the city's less infamous landmarks. Your afternoon, and Day 7, is free to explore Chicago. The Willis Tower - Chicago's equivalent of the Empire State Building - is a must-see and offers superb panoramas over the city, the lake and the landscapes beyond. The nearby Hancock Center boasts similarly terrific views. Alternatively, you could venture down to Lake Michigan and enjoy a harbor cruise. After a free morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver, which takes us across the cornfields and plains of Iowa and Nebraska. The Zephyr has a Sightseer Lounge where you can relax and enjoy the views. Dinner is served in the train's dining car in the evening.

Days 9 & 10 - Denver & Rocky Mountain National Park

We arrive in Denver (nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is at an altitude of exactly one mile above sea level) early this morning, with breakfast served in the dining car. After our guided orientation drive on arrival, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore. Our home in Denver is the modern Staybridge Suites. On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Renowned worldwide for their breathtaking scenery abundant in turquoise rivers, lush forests, majestic mountain vistas and wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks, these Parks are the jewel in Colorado's crown.

Days 11 & 12 - Heritage American rail

Today we embark on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys along the route of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Our journey takes us up into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines to the city of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's wine region, where we enjoy an overnight stay. On Day 12, we transfer to Silverton, for a journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, traveling through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango, where we spend the night at the DoubleTree Durango.

Days 13 & 14 - Monument Valley & Flagstaff & the Grand Canyon

Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Monument Valley is one of America's defining images, which we discover today as we pass through en-route to Flagstaff. We head along legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams on Day 14, where we join the Grand Canyon Railroad. Travel in carriages hauled by historic locomotives to the Grand Canyon, to see one of the world's most aweinspiring sights.

The canyon, created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon with plenty of time to enjoy the views.

Days 15-17 - Las Vegas, Los Angeles, & the Coast Starlight

Today, we journey to fabulous Las Vegas, where your afternoon is at leisure to properly enjoy 'Sin City' itself. On Day 16, we transfer to Los Angeles, and enjoy an exploratory sightseeing tour, including a stop off on iconic Hollywood Boulevard. On Day 17 we join Amtrak's Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the Pacific Coast to San Francisco.

Day 18 - San Francisco

We begin our explorations with a guided tour that includes the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to a much-loved population of sea lions. Your afternoon is free to explore further ahead of a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 19 - The Journey home

You are free to depart at your leisure today.

Additional information

Please note

Due to changes in Amtrak's schedule, departure dates reflected below may vary.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Cambria Hotel Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago

Cambria Hotel Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago

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Staybridge Suites

Staybridge Suites, Denver

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Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

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Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

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Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

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MGM Park Hotel

MGM Park Hotel, Las Vegas

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New York Marriott Marquis

New York Marriott Marquis, New York

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Kimpton Palomar Hotel

Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Washington

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Trains

Amtrak Trains
Amtrak's Capitol Limited
Amtrak's California Zephyr
Amtrak's Coast Starlight
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Grand Canyon Railway

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