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Southwest Chief

The American landscape's absolute grandeur is brought to life state after state aboard the legendary Southwest Chief. One of Amtrak's beloved overnight expeditions, this train offers panoramic views of the country, from the heart of the Midwest, through the colorful Southwest, and amidst the Old West's arid landscapes, its route from Chicago to Los Angeles. In all, the Southwest Chief covers 2,265 miles, following portions of the historic Santa Fe Trail, meandering through the wholesome farmlands of America's Heartland, and passing the Red Rocks of New Mexico during its 2-day journey across the country.

Passengers that follow railway history may recognize the Southwest Chief's route as that of the former Sante Fe Super Chief that operated from 1936 until 1971 when Amtrak took over the passenger lines in the United States. The Sante Fe Super Chief was the cream of the rail travel crop in its time, offering a luxurious onboard experience and catering to a host of celebrity clientele. Its route further complemented the journey, offering some of the most stunning surroundings in North America as the train traveled between Chicago and Los Angeles. Today, this legacy continues with Amtrak, with the Southwest Chief's passengers enjoying comfortable onboard accommodations, wonderful meals in the Dining Car, and unparalleled views from the train's Sightseer Lounge Car.

In the double-decker lounge/café, guests have two options to gain a new perspective on the incredible route. The café boasts a full menu of hot and cold snacks and meals on the lower level. Guests may also purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Comfortable booths sit aside large windows, so none of the highlights go unseen while travelers are snacking.

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Grand Canyon from South Rim
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Our customers love our Southwest Chief tours
Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
28 Mar 2020
Raymond
5 stars
“This was a great trip and a wonderful experience
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
30 May 2019
Pat
5 stars
“the Grand Canyon train was a blast because our car steward was so funny. AS with any natural formation, we had weather that was not perfect. snow and fog one day. one day fine.
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America's Treasures & Natural Wonders
23 Feb 2019
Francis B., Bensalem, PA
5 stars
“Had a very good trip. It was a good experience.
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Great Parks of the Southwest featuring the Grand Canyon
24 Dec 2018
Eugene W., Perry, OH
5 stars
“The itinerary was excellent! The sights were extraordinary!
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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
27 Dec 2018
Mary F, Ashland, OR
4 stars
“My friend and I meet up each year for a trip. This was so different than our usual driving trip. We had so much time to catch up (she lives on the east coast, I on the west).
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Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon - Chicago to Los Angeles
20 Dec 2018
Leslie S, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4 stars
“The planning and organization was good. The selection of hotels was very good
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America's Beautiful West
15 Nov 2018
Mary W, Parker, CO
4 stars
“I have had a really wonderful time touring with my brother and sister. It was a good tour giving lasting memories. Thank You.
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