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Washington DC, New Orleans & Los Angeles by Rail


Historic sites, nationally recognized landmarks and culture await in three of the country's most-visited cities: Washington D.C., New Orleans and Los Angeles.

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Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2023 Tour code: TU-DCNW-23

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Day 1 - Arrive in Washington D.C.

Arrive in Washington, D.C. and make your way to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to begin exploring the nation's capital on your own. Overnight Washington, D.C.

Day 2 - Explore Washington D.C.

You have the opportunity to explore all of the best cultural and historically significant sites the capital has to offer on the second day of this journey. Enjoy a Hop-on Hop-off trolley ride through the city, with stops including the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building. Once the sun sets, the Monuments by Moonlight tour gives guests a unique prospective of the same buildings, with the addition of spooky stories and little-known facts. Overnight Washington, D.C.

Day 3 - Further Exploration and New Orleans Transfer

You have a full day at leisure to further explore D.C. independently. With war memorials, numerous museums, beautifully maintained parks and a host of dining options throughout the city, Washington D.C. offers something for nearly every traveler. The Crescent train departs for New Orleans this evening. Overnight train.

Day 4 - Arrive in New Orleans

Spend the day onboard the Crescent, the scenery from Washington D.C. to New Orleans is simply breathtaking. While cruising through the South, those on board enjoy views over the landscapes of Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. The train is set to arrive in New Orleans this evening. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your centrally-located hotel. Overnight New Orleans.

Day 5 - Experience the Big Easy

Culture abounds at every corner in New Orleans, and much of this day is open for sightseeing. To experience the best New Orleans has to offer, a Hop-on Hop-off Tour on a double-decker bus allows travelers to see a total of 18 landmarks and sites. Popular stops on the tour include Jackson Square and the Arts District, among others. Overnight New Orleans. 

Days 6 & 7 - Journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles

Board the Sunset Limited for your 2-night journey to Los Angeles.  Being the southern-most route offered by Amtrak, scenery of the Mexican border, deserts and mountains dominates this trip. The Sightseer Lounge Car is the best place to capture the views when not in the sleeping or dining quarters. Overnight train. 

Day 8 - Arrive in Los Angeles

Bright and early on the eighth day, vacationers arrive in Los Angeles, CA. You have a full day open for exploration and tourist activities. Popular destinations throughout the city include the Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip and Venice Beach. Overnight Los Angeles

Day 9 – Explore Los Angeles

Get acquainted with Los Angeles on today's sightseeing tour. See all of 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 10 - Return Home

While the scheduled events are complete, travelers are welcome to stay and play in Los Angeles. Griffith Park, multiple museums and sought-after attractions such as the Getty Center are all popular options for further exploration.