Travel from New York to San Francisco exploring all the highlights along the way, including Manhattan, the White House, Chicago, the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood and San Francisco.
About the Tour
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.
- All rail and coach travel throughout
- 2 overnight train journeys in two-berth roomette (meals included)
- 16 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
- Guided tour in New York
- Guided tour of Washington DC
- Guided tours of Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles
- Manhattan Harbor cruise
- Time to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
- Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park
- 3 Heritage rail journeys and 4 Amtrak journeys
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - Arrive in New York
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Le Parker Meridien in New York today.
Day 2 - Sightseeing in New York
Today, we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbor, spotting landmarks from our unique vantage point on the water like Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty. Later, we take a guided tour of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers.
Days 3 & 4 - Washington, DC
On Day 3 you take the train south to Washington, the nation's capital, where you spend two nights at the Fairfax Embassy Row, located in the Dupont Circle district of the city. This afternoon you begin a guided tour of this elegant city, passing many of the famous landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon. Day 4 is free to explore Washington at leisure. Why not visit the world's largest art, science and history museum complex - the fantastic Smithsonian? There are many other terrific places to visit, including Arlington Cemetery and lively Adams Morgan and many other sights.
Day 5 - To the Mid-West
We leave Washington late-afternoon on the Capitol Limited. The Capitol Limited service runs daily between Washington DC and Chicago, following the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley. Our overnight journey takes us past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh, before crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland, across Indiana and eventually into the center of Chicago. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of the Sightseer Lounge before moving to the dining car to enjoy dinner - included as part of the journey.
Days 6-8 - Overnight to Chicago & the Great Plains
We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board the Capitol Limited. Here we spend the next two nights at the Cambria Hotel, located within walking distance of Navy Pier, the shops of the Magnificent Mile and the lake. On arrival in Chicago, we board a coach at the station for a city tour that revisits the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and '30s. We take in the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre as well as Al Capone's headquarters, and some of the city's less infamous landmarks. Your afternoon, and Day 7, is free to explore Chicago. The Willis Tower - Chicago's equivalent of the Empire State Building - is a must-see and offers superb panoramas over the city, the lake and the landscapes beyond. The nearby Hancock Center boasts similarly terrific views. Alternatively, you could venture down to Lake Michigan and enjoy a harbor cruise. After a free morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver, which takes us across the cornfields and plains of Iowa and Nebraska. The Zephyr has a Sightseer Lounge where you can relax and enjoy the views. Dinner is served in the train's dining car in the evening.
Days 9 & 10 - Denver & Rocky Mountain National Park
We arrive in Denver (nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is at an altitude of exactly one mile above sea level) early this morning, with breakfast served in the dining car. After our guided orientation drive on arrival, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore. Our home in Denver is the modern Staybridge Suites. On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Renowned worldwide for their breathtaking scenery abundant in turquoise rivers, lush forests, majestic mountain vistas and wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks, these Parks are the jewel in Colorado's crown.
Day 11 & 12 - Heritage American rail
Today we embark on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys along the route of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Our journey takes us up into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines to the city of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's wine region, where we enjoy an overnight stay. On Day 12, we transfer to Silverton, for a journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, traveling through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango, where we spend the night at the DoubleTree Durango.
Days 13 & 14 - Monument Valley & Flagstaff & the Grand Canyon
Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Monument Valley is one of America's defining images, which we discover today as we pass through en-route to Flagstaff. We head along legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams on Day 14, where we join the Grand Canyon Railroad. Travel in carriages hauled by historic locomotives to the Grand Canyon, to see one of the world's most aweinspiring sights.
The canyon, created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon with plenty of time to enjoy the views.
Days 15-17 - Las Vegas, Los Angeles, & the Coast Starlight
Today, we journey to fabulous Las Vegas, where your afternoon is at leisure to properly enjoy 'Sin City' itself. On Day 16, we transfer to Los Angeles, and enjoy an exploratory sightseeing tour, including a stop off on iconic Hollywood Boulevard. On Day 17 we join Amtrak's Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the Pacific Coast to San Francisco.
Day 18 - San Francisco
We begin our explorations with a guided tour that includes the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to a much-loved population of sea lions. Your afternoon is free to explore further ahead of a farewell dinner tonight.
Days 19 - The Journey home
You are free to depart at your leisure today.
The Parker Hotel, New York
Located a short walk away from the famous Central Park, and close to iconic Broadway, is our hotel, the 4-Star Parker Hotel. This lovely hotel is surrounded by a plethora of trendy bars and restaurants, and is within reach of many of New York's finest attractions. There are 4 restaurants in the hotel, including one serving delicious burgers, a breakfast bar, an elegant bar set inside an old church, and an Indian restaurant. On top of these fine eateries, there are also many leisure facilities, including a spa, a fitness centre, and a swimming pool, situated at the top of the building with stunning views over Central Park. The rooms are decorated in bright, neutral colors, and come with a hair-dryer, a television, climate control, a mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Washington
Our base in Washington is the 4-Star Kimpton Hotel Palomar, A rich, modern, urban refuge, our Dupont Circle hotel is marked by alluring artistic design, refined sensibilities, and meticulous attention to detail. We offer a flavorful Italian restaurant, Urbana, a superb downtown location, top-notch service and amenities, smart event and meeting rooms, plus an engaging and polished social space intentionally created for style-conscious folks. Enjoy state-of-the-art flat-screen TVs, plush robes, luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities, yoga mats in each room, and a functional working desk with ergonomic chairs
Cambria Hotel, Chicago
Located on Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' is our hotel, the 4-Star Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. This hotel is close to many of Chicago's attractions, including Lake Shore Park, as well as near to many restaurants and bars. Available at this lovely hotel include a lounge on the rooftop, which offers lovely views over the Chicago skyline, two restaurants, and a fitness centre. The rooms are decorated in neutral tones, and come with amenities that include a coffee-maker, a television, an iron, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Staybridge Suites, Denver
In Denver, we stay in the Staybridge Suites Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado allows for convenience whether you are needing to work or looking to relax. Walking distance from some of the city's best attractions, spend the day shopping at the 16th Street Mall or enjoy some culture at the Denver Art Museum. For all you food lovers, Denver has a variety of dining options from street food to fine dining.
Hampton Inn, Grand Junction
Situated on historic Main Street in downtown Grand Junction, the hotel enjoys a prime location within easy walking distance of 150 shops, restaurants, museum and theatres. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with television, hairdryer and coffee maker.
Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango
The modern Vacation Inn & Suites Durango Central is located close to the center of downtown Durango. As well as a restaurant and lounge, the hotel has an indoor swimming pool, 24-hour gym and a spa with sauna and massage rooms. Room facilities include cable TV, Wi-Fi internet access, air conditioning, a hairdryer and coffee maker.
Little America Hotel, Flagstaff
Set in 500 acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, Little America Flagstaff is a haven from the mundane. This four star hotel combines inviting hospitality with the natural beauty of Northern Arizona and instills a passion to return to this distinctive resort. The Little America Hotel offers a rich tradition of hospitality and comfort among some of America’s most beautiful natural scenery. The land and native culture inspire the design and décor in every room throughout the hotel.
Park MGM, Las Vegas
Park MGM inspires guests to find what moves them most in a collection of highly original experiences. Approachable restaurants with bold menus, spaces that blur the lines between dining and nightlife, settings both extravagant and casual.
The Capitol Limited takes us 764 miles (1,230km) from Washington, DC to Chicago. We begin at Washington's beautifully restored Union Station and as you leave the city you catch glimpses of landmarks such as the blue and gold dome of the largest Catholic cathedral in the US. The train soon enters the state of Maryland and you begin our climb through the Appalachians, which offers us wonderful views of the Allegheny Mountains along the way.
The California Zephyr runs from Chicago in the east to Emeryville, California in the west. During our overnight sleeper journey on the California Zephyr as part of our USA Coast to Coast holiday, you travel on just a section of this route - from Chicago to the 'mile high' city of Denver, a 17 hour 1,038 mile (1670 km) trip.
The Coast Starlight runs on the 1,390-mile (2,237km) route from Los Angeles to Seattle, taking its passengers along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, through lush, green valleys and impressive mountain ranges. On our USA Coast to Coast holiday you travel just a short section of this journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Trek across the dramatic peaks and deep ravines of the Rocky Mountains to Grand Junction, in the heart of the Colorado wine region. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad allows us to step back into the heyday of the American West and explore one of the most imposing and inspiring landscapes on the planet.
The Durango & Silverton Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1882 - now 136 years ago. It still operates steam engines and vintage rolling stock, and, perhaps most impressively, they are all indigenous to the line. The locomotives in use today made their first appearance there between 1923 and 1925. The line climbs from Durango into the San Juan Mountains at Silverton, on a journey lasting 3 ½ hours. This allows plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Grand Canyon Railway
Opened in 1901, the Grand Canyon Railroad carried passengers and supplies over the sixty-five mile journey from the Arizona town of Williams to Grand Canyon Village at the canyon's South Rim. A convenient means of visiting one of the USA's greatest natural phenomena, the Grand Canyon Railroad remained popular with tourists until the irresistible rise of America's car industry. As the popularity of road travel boomed, the railroad's passengers declined and the line became freight-only in 1968 before closing altogether in 1974. Realising that such an iconic line could not be lost, entrepreneurs Max and Thelma Biegert bought the Grand Canyon Railroad in 1989, just as its rusting assets were being salvaged for scrap. Its track and rolling stock lovingly restored to its original glory, the railroad re-opened in 1990. Today, although the magnificent steam locomotives that once hauled carriages to and from the Grand Canyon only appear very rarely, the two-hours and fifteen-minute trip to and from Williams remains an unforgettable and nostalgic journey through one of the USA's most spectacular landscapes.
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