America’s west is home to some of the country’s greatest national parks, monuments, and must-see destinations. Travel across the western frontier to Colorado to explore Rocky Mountain towns and the historic trains of the area, or continue west to Salt Lake City, the cowboy town of Jackson, and San Francisco, the City by the Bay, with easy connections to Muir Woods and its Giant Sequoia groves and Yosemite National Park, home to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America, as well as Half Dome and El Capitan, the park’s most notable rock formations.
Other popular destinations for a western U.S. rail tour include Glacier National Park for a journey across one of the most famous roadways, the Going-to-the-Sun Road; Yellowstone National Park to see an incredible variety of flora, fauna, waterfalls, deep canyons, hot springs and geysers; Mt. Rushmore showcasing the visages of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and visited by more than 3 million people annually; and, Seattle, the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, ideally located as a launching point for Alaska cruise vacations and Western Canada rail tours.
Train Vacations to the West
California Zephyr with Yosemite National Park - Chicago to San Francisco 8 days from $1775
Explore both big city culture and grand natural wonders with this trip that takes you from Chicago to San Francisco, traversing through the Rockies and Sierra Mountains, topping off with a visit to beautiful Yosemite National Park.
Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans & Los Angeles by Rail 11 days from $2345
Soul-capturing music, fantastic cuisine and great entertainment for the whole family lie ahead on this cross-country journey from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.
Coast Starlight and the Columbia River Cruise 10 days from $686
Travel along the dazzling Pacific Coast aboard the Coast Starlight for the overnight journey from Los Angeles to Portland, where you will meet the American Empress for your river cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Highlights of your Pacific Northwest adventure include visits to Astoria, The Dalles and Sacajawea State Park.
Coast Starlight with Alaska Cruise via Glacier Bay 10 days from $2119
Combine two of the most exciting cities on the West Coast with an exciting Alaska cruise to create a spectacular rail-cruise vacation!
Coast Starlight with Seattle, Victoria & Vancouver 9 days from $1795
Travel up the beautiful West Coast and watch the scenery unfold from beaches to forests, then explore the Pacific Northwest's best cities on foot.
Departs from March 2019 to September 2019.
Empire Builder - Glacier National Park & Alaska Cruise 15 days from $3657
Experience all the beauty of the Pacific Northwest on this 15-day rail-cruise vacation.
Departs from June 2019 to August 2019.
Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - Chicago to Seattle 7 days from $1810
Discover all the natural beauty and scenic wonders of Glacier National Park, "The Crown of the Continent" in the majestic Pacific Northwest.
Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles 4 days from $799
The Grand Canyon awaits on this spectacular Rails to the Rim vacation.
Departs from March 2018 to March 2020.
Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River Cruise 11 days from $3573
Travel the storied pioneer route from Chicago to Portland by train for a Pacific Northwest adventure that continues through Oregon and Washington, following the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress steamboat.