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America Coast to Coast with Grand Canyon

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14 days From $3,505 per person
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From New York City to the Grand Canyon, see the best of the U.S. by train!

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary
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2024 Tour code: TU-AGCW-24

About the tour

Travel coast to coast aboard four renowned trains as you travel from New York City to Washington, DC, Chicago, the Grand Canyon, and finally Los Angeles on this 14-day cross-country rail adventure. Start in the Big Apple, where you have the opportunity to see the sights at leisure. Taking in a Broadway play or strolling around Central Park are always popular choices.

After New York, board Amtrak's high-speed Acela to Washington D.C. While in the Nation's capital visit historic monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Library of Congress. From Washington D.C, continue your cross-country adventure to the Windy City, Chicago. While in the city, visit classic highlights such as Navy Pier and Millennium Park, or visit one of the city's several museums including the Art Institute and Field Museum.

Following your stay in Chicago, venture west aboard the Southwest Chief to Flagstaff, the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Experience the famous natural wonder in an entirely unique way as you travel aboard the vintage Grand Canyon Railway to the Canyon's South Rim. Finally, complete your rail vacation with a visit to Los Angeles. Spend your last few days taking in the sights of Los Angeles on a city tour and on your own. See Hollywood landmarks and glamorous Beverly Hills. You may wish to shop along Rodeo Drive or visit the Santa Monica Pier.

This vacation is also available from Los Angeles to New York based on your travel preference.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive in New York City

Welcome to the Big Apple! Upon arrival in New York City, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Visit Times Square, take in a theater performance, and enjoy one of New York's many fantastic restaurants. Overnight New York City.

Day 2 - New York Sightseeing

Board a double-decker sightseeing bus for a fantastic tour of the city. Hop on and off at more than 30 different stops including Central Park, Lincoln Center, Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, and more. Overnight New York City.

Day 3 - Amtrak to the U.S. Capital

This morning head to bustling Penn Station and board Amtrak's Acela for your train trip to Washington, DC. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel with the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure to explore the nation's capital. Overnight Washington, DC.

Day 4 - DC Sightseeing

See all of Washington, DC's best sites on today's tour of the nation's capital. Highlights include the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol Building and more historic sites and monuments. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this vibrant city at leisure. Overnight Washington, DC.

Day 5 - Capitol Limited to Chicago

The better part of the day is free to visit one of Washington, DC's many important museums and monuments, explore Georgetown, or see where the nation's elected officials conduct business on the Hill. This afternoon, make your way to DC's Union Station to board Amtrak's Capitol Limited for the overnight journey to Chicago. As the train makes its way through Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana, visit the Sightseer Lounge car for panoramic views of the passing scenery, enjoy a fresh meal selection, and settle into your onboard accommodations for the comfortable trip west. Overnight train.

  • Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 6 - Chicago Sightseeing

The Capitol Limited is scheduled to arrive in Chicago this morning. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel, drop off your belongings and hit the town for a full day of sightseeing on a Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour. Visit the city's most popular attractions, including Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, the theater district and more. Overnight Chicago. 

  • Breakfast (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 7 - Chicago at Leisure

You have a full day at your leisure in the Windy City. Visit one of the city's amazing museums to view precious works of art, age-old fossils, or the solar system. Shop the fine stores along the Magnificent Mile. Enjoy a cocktail--and the views--from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, situated in the heart of the city. Stroll along the lakefront, see a first-run play and dine in a renowned steak house. Overnight Chicago. 

Day 8 - Southwest Chief to Flagstaff

There's no need to rush this morning. Sleep in or finish your souvenir shopping. This afternoon make your way to Chicago's historic Union Station. Board Amtrak's Southwest Chief and settle in for the overnight journey to Williams, Arizona. As the train begins its journey west mid-afternoon, visit the Sightseer Lounge for stunning views of the passing scenery. Overnight train.

  • Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 9 - En Route to Flagstaff

As you leave the plains of the Midwest behind, the scenery changes to colorful desert. Spend the day relaxing aboard the train. Read a book, chat with other travelers or get lost in thought as you enjoy the unsurpassed scenery from the lounge car or your seat. The train arrives in Flagstaff late this evening. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in neighboring Williams. Overnight Williams.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 10 - Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon

After breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant, make the journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon aboard the vintage Grand Canyon Railway, the historic train that once transported the likes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Doris Day. Once at the Grand Canyon, embark on a Freedom Tour of the South Rim, a narrated tour that visits some of the most prominent lookouts including Mohave Point and Hermits Rest. Overnight Grand Canyon.

  • Breakfast
Day 11 - The Grand Canyon

Spend the morning exploring the South Rim on your own or take another guided tour. There are several historical buildings worth visiting including Buckey O'Neill's Cabin, the longest continually standing structure in the South Rim; and Bright Angel Lodge with its small museum honoring Fred Harvey, who played a prominent role in popularizing the Grand Canyon. Opt to visit Mary Colter's Lookout Studio and Hopi House, or take the shuttle to the Geology Museum at Yavapai Point or to the Visitor Center. Board the Grand Canyon Railway southbound to Williams Depot at 3:30 pm. Dinner this evening is at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Relax at the historic Grand Canyon Railway hotel before transferring to Flagstaff tonight for your train west to Los Angeles. After such a full day, you'll be ready for a good night's rest aboard the Southwest Chief. Overnight train.

  • Dinner
Day 12 - Arrive in Los Angeles

The Southwest Chief is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles' Union Station this morning. Transfer on your own to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. See Santa Monica Pier, visit the Getty Museum, shop the chic boutiques along Rodeo Drive, or ask your concierge to get your tickets to a local sporting event or concert. Overnight Los Angeles.

  • Breakfast (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 13 – Explore Los Angeles

Get acquainted with Los Angeles on today's sightseeing tour. See the city's popular sights as you travel from downtown LA to Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and Beverly Hills. Overnight Los Angeles.

Day 14 - Return Home

Your vacation comes to an end this morning. Transfer on your own to the airport or railway station for your return trip home.

Additional information

Hotel Accommodations

Hotels are centrally located 3.5 - 4-star properties such as the Paramount, New York City; Holiday Inn Capitol at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.; Palmer House Hilton, Chicago; Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Williams; Maswik Lodge, Grand Canyon; and Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles.

Pricing Plans

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 featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting 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.
All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge.

Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train. Sleeping car passengers aboard the  Southwest Chief enjoy meals in the train's Dining Car. New contemporary and fresh dining choices replace traditional dining car service on the Capitol Limited. Sleeping car passengers may elect to have a chilled prepared meal selection delivered to your Roomette or Bedroom or enjoy meals in a private cafe or lounge car. 

Please note

Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions. Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.

+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

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.


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4 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2022

Good train trip and hotels! Only 1 real late train waited over 3 hrs! Bus tours ok , LA tour was better! Food ok from Chicago on, Overall enjoyed!

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Yvonne C, Hillarys, AU

4 stars

Submitted 25 Nov 2018

Great way to see so much of the USA in one organized tour!

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Linda L, Waldorf, MD

4 stars

Submitted 06 Oct 2018

I really enjoyed my trip.

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Jim B, Traralgon, Victoria, AU

4 stars

Submitted 12 Jan 2018

Overall our trip was very well organized and the hotel accommodation was a welcome surprise. Meals onboard were above average with pleasant wait staff.

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