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Soul-capturing music, fantastic cuisine and great entertainment for the whole family lie ahead on this cross-country journey from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.

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20212022
11 days From $2,365 per person

2021 Tour code: TU-CMNW-21

About the tour

From the grandiose buildings of the city of Chicago and Los Angeles to the deep history of New Orleans and Memphis, this thoughtfully planned adventure gives travelers a unique look at some of the country's most well-known cities. The trip is spread over the course of 11 days with plenty of time for individual sightseeing and for exciting, package-provided tours. Three of the 10 overnights are spent aboard Amtrak's comfortable passenger trains, while the remaining seven nights are spread between hotels across the country. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Chicago

Arrive in Chicago and begin exploring this beautiful independently. Your centrally-located hotel provides convenient access to exciting landmarks such as the famed Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, the Art Institute and so much more. Overnight Chicago. 

Day 2 - The Best of Chicago

Get an in-depth look at the city of Chicago on your second day in town, thanks to the Chicago Grand Half-day Tour. Cruise down Outer Drive, through President Obama's old neighborhood and through the heart of the city to see some of the most-visited sites. Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute, the Wrigley Building, Wrigley Field, Symphony Hall and other famous landmarks make up just some of the stops. Board the City of New Orleans at Chicago's Union Station for your overnight train to Memphis this evening. Overnight train.

Day 3 - Memphis

Arrive into Memphis early this morning. Drop your bags at your hotel and get ready for a full day of exploration. Your morning sightseeing begins on Beale Street, voted the most iconic street in America by USA Today. Beale Street runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, nearly two miles of blues clubs and restaurants that make it one of the top tourist attractions in Memphis. Drive through Victorian Village, a historic neighborhood with homes that were built in the 1800s. Pass by the statues of B.B. King and Elvis Presley as well as the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Stop at A. Schwab, a Memphis institution that sells all things Memphis-from regional arts and crafts, to dry goods, magic potions, candies, books, magazines and more-and the Peabody Memphis, a landmark, 13-story downtown hotel.

Stop at Sun Studio, where Elvis Pressley recorded his first song. Hear the voices of musicians that still haunt this studio, as you listen to outtakes from recording sessions and feel the energy of the music created here.

After your city tour, enjoy views of Memphis from a new vantage point on a leisurely cruise along the Mississippi River. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Memphis independently. Overnight Memphis.

Day 4 - Journey from Memphis to New Orleans

Board the City of New Orleans this morning and spend the day enjoying the scenery of the South. The train arrives in The Big Easy mid-afternoon and you have the rest of the day to listen to jazz music, taste traditional Cajun food and explore the city. Overnight New Orleans.

Day 5 - Experience Everything New Orleans Offers

Visit Jackson Square, the Arts District and over 15 other popular sites aboard a double-decker bus on the fifth day of this cross-country experience. The Hop-on Hop-off Tour in New Orleans allows passengers to spend as much or as little time as they desire at the destinations; however, a continuous 2-hour tour is also an option. Included with your Hop-on Hop-off pass is your choice of several walking tours, to be used at your leisure. Overnight New Orleans.

Day 6 - New Orleans at Leisure

Spend your final day in New Orleans revisiting sights from yesterday's tour or continue the use of your Hop-on Hop-off pass and walking tours as you please. Have you had enough to eat? Indulge in all the delicacies of the Big Easy; from Cajun and Creole favorites, to muffulettas, po' boys, and crawfish, this city is a food lover's dream. Top it off with a trip to Café du Monde for their world-famous beignets. Overnight New Orleans.

Days 7 & 8 - Sunset Limited to Los Angeles

Aboard the Sunset Limited, travelers get a view of the southernmost part of the United States while en route to Los Angeles. The train departs this morning, and scenery along the way includes Bayou country, the Mexican border and even deserts and mountain ranges. The Sunset Limited's Sightseer Lounge Car provides the best view of the colorful landscape. Overnight train.

Day 9 - Arrive in Los Angeles

Arrival in Los Angeles early this morning. If your room is available, guests are free to check into their hotel at this point or to start their exploration. Some of the most popular sites in the Los Angeles region include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Griffith Observatory, Six Flags and numerous museums. Overnight Los Angeles.

Day 10 - Universal Studios Trip

A trip to Universal Studios adds an exciting element to the last day of organized activity. At Universal Studios Hollywood, there are rides such as Transformers, Jurassic Park and The Simpsons that appeal to adventure-seekers, as well as numerous 3-D and 4-D movie experiences, set tours and shows. Overnight Los Angeles.

Day 11 - Trip Concludes

Your vacation concludes this morning.

Additional information

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 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.

Meals included onboard the trains when upgrading to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations.

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.

Hotels

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

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Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles

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Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis, Memphis

Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis, Memphis

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Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

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Trains

Amtrak's City of New Orleans
Amtrak's Sunset Limited

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