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A week-long adventure beginning in America’s metropolitan heartland and ending in the most soulful city on the West Coast: San Francisco!

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20212022
7 days From $1,995 per person

2021 Tour code: RM-RMSW-21

About the tour

See all that Denver and San Francisco have to offer in this 7-day, 6-night package. From Denver's historic downtown, including Larimer Square and the gold-domed State Capitol, to Rocky Mountain National Park, to San Francisco's iconic bay area attractions, including Alcatraz and a wine country tour, this package offers an unforgettable experience for the adventure lover in you.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - A Day in Denver

Your adventure begins in the heart of downtown Denver. Arrive at your centrally-located hotel and from there hitch a ride with the Denver City Sightseeing Tour for an exclusive introduction to the city's historic sights. The tour includes a 3-hour informational escort to many landmarks of the city's rich history you might otherwise pass over, such as the historic Larimer Square on one of Denver's oldest city blocks, incredible photo-ops of some of the city's most gorgeous Victorian architecture, and even the mansion of famous Titanic survivor, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." Your guided tour rounds itself out with visits to the United States Mint and Denver Art Museum, and views of the breathtaking city skyline against the iconic Rocky Mountain backdrop. End your day by revisiting favorite sights from the tour, or enjoy some shopping and dining in Denver's lively 16th Street Mall. Overnight Denver.

Day 2 - Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip

Continue your trip by venturing into nature to the gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park. Your knowledgeable tour guide will not only fill you in on the amazing sights you'll see but will also pause for plenty of incredible photo opportunities. Major highlights include a stop in the popular ski resort town of Winter Park, a drive over Berthoud Pass and the Continental Divide, and plenty of time to personally explore as much of the 265,000 acres of the Rocky Mountain National Park as you can. Overnight Denver.

Day 3 - All Aboard! California Zephyr to San Francisco

Get an early start today with one of the most beautiful train trips offered in all North America. Your ride through the Western region of the United States will lead you through some of the most resplendent sights in all of the great West. Points of interest include the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada's, Moffat Tunnel, Winter Park, and the Truckee River. Truly, Amtrak's California Zephyr has the last word on traveling in style. Overnight Train.

Day 4 - Arrival in Emeryville with transfer to San Francisco Wharf Area

Running across the glorious snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Zephyr travels through Donner Pass, onto Reno and Sacramento, then into Emeryville/San Francisco. Once in Emeryville, you'll connect by a motorcoach to the San Francisco Ferry Building. The San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf offers exciting entertainment, from guided bike tours to sailing. Check with your hotel concierge for more ideas or explore at your leisure. Overnight San Francisco.

Day 5 - Discover San Francisco

Start your day with a trip to Alcatraz. Previously having housed such A-list criminals as Al "Scarface" Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and hot-headed "Bumpy" Johnson, Alcatraz was once considered one of the most dangerous and inescapable prisons in the nation. Alcatraz is now a beloved attraction and National Park with a scenic ferry ride transporting you to and from Pier 33 in Fisherman's Wharf. 

Conclude your day back on the mainland with a grand tour of the city, one of the most soulful cities on the West Coast. Your tour will commence with a drive along the famous waterfront, with views of the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Notable photo opportunities include the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks (weather permitting), China Town, Palace of the Fine Arts, and Presidio National Park, just to name a few. Overnight San Francisco.

Day 6 - Muir Woods & Wine Country Tour

Spend your morning strolling through the majestic beauty of Muir Woods' giant redwood sequoia trees, some of the oldest and tallest trees on earth. A rare, virgin forest (greatly aged without much human disturbance), this stunning national monument is the very definition of Zen. Take a leisurely walk through these giant reds and find your center. In the afternoon, enjoy a complimentary sampling of wines from 3 small boutique Napa or Sonoma wineries. With at least 45 minutes to relax at each winery, you'll have the opportunity to try 5 to 10 wines at each place. The best part? You can purchase as many as you like to take home. Overnight San Francisco.

Day 7 - Tour Conclusion

Your journey ends today upon check-out of your hotel.

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 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.

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. 

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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KERRY

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Submitted 18 Oct 2019

Beautiful and relaxing way to see the country!

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