Board the Lake Shore Limited and discover the famous museums, beautiful scenery, and popular sights of Chicago and New York on this 4-day rail-journey.
About the Tour
Enjoy the ride from one world-class city to another as you journey through rocky cliffs and historic landmarks, following the flow of the Hudson River. Your Lake Shore Limited Experience includes two hotel night accommodations, one in Chicago and one in New York as well as one night aboard the Lake Shore Limited. Consider upgrading to a Viewliner roomette or bedroom, which includes all meals aboard the train.
This vacation is also available from New York City to Chicago based on your travel preference.
- Transportation aboard Amtrak (1 night)
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- 2 meals aboard the train when upgrading to Roomette or Bedroom sleeping accommodations
- Chicago's Hop On-Hop-Off Trolley Tour
- Bannerman's Castle
- West Point Academy
- FDR's National Historic Site
- Hudson River
Day 1 - Overnight in ChicagoStart out in the fabulous Windy City and spend the night in one of Chicago's legendary hotels. Enjoy a complimentary pass on Chicago's Hop On/Hop-Off Trolley and visit many of the city's great shopping, dining and attractions on your own. Don't miss Millennium Park and Chicago's newest landmark, affectionately known as "The Bean." Treat yourself to deep-dish pizza or dinner at a well-known steakhouse or Italian restaurant. In the evening, Chicago's great nightlife on Rush Street beckons. Overnight Chicago.
Day 2 - Board the Lake Shore Limited
Enjoy more of Chicago today before your evening departure. Walk down the Magnificent Mile and take an architecture tour along the Chicago River. Spend some time in Chicago's many world famous museums like the Art Institute and Field Museum. Head to Union Station and board the Lake Shore Limited for your 9 p.m. departure.* Get comfortable in your reclining seat with leg rest. Read, listen to music or chat with your fellow travelers. Overnight train.
* Sleeper car passengers are invited to enjoy early boarding and a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 PM when available.
Day 3 - Enroute to New YorkWake up this morning near Buffalo, New York and watch for some historic points of interest, such as Bannerman's Castle, West Point Academy and FDR's National Historic Site. Travel 130 spectacular miles along the Hudson River, also known as "America's Rhine" for its natural beauty. Pass by Albany, the NY state capitol, with the Catskill Mountains looming in the background. Arrive in bustling New York, NY early this evening and check in to your hotel. Then, get ready for a night on the town. Catch a Broadway play, see what's happening at Madison Square Garden or take a carriage ride through Central Park. Enjoy dinner at an ethnic restaurant and don't miss Times Square, all lit up at night. Overnight New York City.
Day 4 -The tour endsThe day is yours to explore more of New York City. Head to the observatory of the famous Empire State Building or Liberty Island to see The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Walk along Fifth Avenue. Visit the United Nations building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and pay tribute at Ground Zero. Make your way home via rail or air from one of New York's three airports.
Pre and Post-Trip Options: Many of our guests choose to spend additional nights in Chicago and New York. Vacations by Rail would be happy to make hotel and sightseeing arrangements for you.
Hotels include the Palmer House Hilton and Paramount Hotel. 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
Upgrades to Roomette and Bedroom sleeping accommodations are available for an additional fee and include all meals aboard the train. New contemporary and fresh dining choices replace traditional dining car service. You may elect to have your chilled prepared meal selection delivered to your Roomette or Bedroom or enjoy your meals in a private cafe or lounge car. Sleeping car passengers also enjoy unlimited soft beverages as well as a complimentary serving of beer, wine or a mixed drink.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Know before you go
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.
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Note: *Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Lake Shore Limited Trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.