More than 2,000 acres of geysers, hot springs, and lava formations await you in Yellowstone, the world's first national park established in 1872.
About the Tour
More than 2,000 acres of geysers, hot springs, and lava formations await you in Yellowstone, the world's first national park established in 1872. Located in three states, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone's most famous sights include Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the Continental Divide. Keep your cameras handy as the vast Yellowstone is teeming with roaming wildlife, including wolves, grizzly bears, bison and elk.
Your "Yellowstone National Park" 8-day adventure includes two nights onboard Amtrak's California Zephyr as well as one night in Salt Lake City, three nights at the Yellowstone Park Hotel and one night in San Francisco. This well-planned itinerary combines rail touring with scenic driving and independent exploration to give you the "best of the West." Consider upgrading to a roomette or bedroom, which includes meals aboard the train.
- Rail travel on Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
- Meals on the train included when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
- 4-day intermediate size car rental (taxes not included)
- Coach class with upgrades to comfortable Roomettes and Bedrooms available
- Additional hotel nights in Chicago or San Francisco
- Additional Sightseeing Tours and attractions in Chicago and San Francisco
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the California ZephyrGet set for your "Wild West" adventure as you board the California Zephyr at Chicago's Union Station. The Zephyr features double-decker Superliner equipment so you can relax in comfort in a reclining coach seat with leg rest. (Sleeping car passengers settle inside their private room.) Walk through the train to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car and enjoy panoramic views through the heart of the Rockies. Follow along on your route map as you course through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Utah as spectacular scenery comes into view. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Arrive in Salt Lake CityTonight you'll arrive in Salt Lake and taxi on your own to your centrally-located hotel for an overnight stay. You will be conveniently located to the city, giving you easy access to Salt Lake's major attractions. Overnight Salt Lake City.
Day 3 - Drive to Yellowstone National ParkPickup your rental car and spend the day visiting some of Salt Lake's famous attractions like the Mormon Temple, 2002 Winter Olympic Game sites and historic State Capitol. Or, start your magnificent drive to West Yellowstone which takes you through northern Utah and Idaho, before entering Montana. Your accommodations for the next three nights are at the Yellowstone Park Hotel, the newest hotel in West Yellowstone. This Western-boutique style hotel offers a variety of amenities and is located across the street from the Grizzly Discovery Center and IMAX Theatre. Overnight West Yellowstone.
Day 4 - Yellowstone National ParkToday begins your first full-day of exploration in Yellowstone. Yellowstone is the largest active geyser field in the world, and home to the most famous, Old Faithful. There are also many colorful hot springs and pools such as the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Go rafting or paddling, explore Lower Falls, look for wildlife, or take a hike on one of the many trails throughout the park; Yellowstone boasts a 1,300 mile trail system! Overnight West Yellowstone.
Day 5 - Explore Yellowstone National ParkDrive through the lush forests of the Hayden Valley. And visit the bubbling hot springs. Will you hike the trails, go biking, white water rafting or participate in a ranger-led tour? Or will you visit the Yellowstone Historic Center, watch a live rodeo, go horseback riding? The choices are as wide as the endless sky. At night come back and relax at your hotel, or see an IMAX presentation about the park. Overnight West Yellowstone.
Day 6 - Return drive to Salt Lake CityBegin your scenic drive back to Salt Lake City. Return your rental car and taxi on your own to the Amtrak Station for a late evening departure. Overnight train.
Day 7 - Arrive in San FranciscoOn this leg of your journey, you'll pass by the Sierra Nevada (snowy mountains in Spanish) Mountains, historic Donner Pass and quaint snow towns before arriving in Emeryville, California. Here you'll connect to San Francisco's Ferry Building on the Amtrak Thruway Bus. Overnight San Francisco.
Day 8 - San FranciscoTake a few days to explore the golden "City by the Bay." considered America's playground. Named one of the world's top cities, San Francisco is a cultural and culinary wonderland, where the spirit of the Gold Rush continues to fill the air. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Chinatown to Alcatraz, ride the cable cars, see the world's most crooked street and stroll around Fisherman's Wharf. You won't be able to resist the goodies at The Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream Shop at Ghirardelli Square. And be sure to cruise around San Francisco Bay, where you're sure to leave your heart. Or, transfer on your own to the airport for your return flight home.
Hotels include the Holiday Inn Express, Yellowstone Park Hotel, and Sheraton Riu Plaza.
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 featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting 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 shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
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.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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