Enjoy visits to the most amazing settings of the West with this tour that weaves through mountain curves and tunnels and takes you on excursions to natural wonders like Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Teton Range and the Black Hills.
About the Tour
Begin your journey with a two-night ride on the California Zephyr and awake to views of the Rockies. As you reach Colorado, the train winds along the famous six-mile long Moffat Tunnel and dips under the Continental Divide.
Once you reach Glenwood Springs, travel north by luxurious motorcoach to experience the amazing scenery of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton Range, Yellowstone National Park, the Black Hills and Custer State Park. You will have an amazing two-day tour of Yellowstone and see Old Faithful, hot springs, and lush forest meadows.
In Custer State Park you will have the chance to see buffalo and other wildlife among the rolling prairie, and also enjoy a ride on the Black Hills Central Railroad on an 1880 train. Throughout your tour of the west, you will visit historic sites such as Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Monument, and the city of Deadwood. Learn about the rich history of this area with a visit to the Buffalo Bill Historic Center, which includes five museums.
With breathtaking views of nature's most beautiful work, visits to national monuments, and lessons about the area's history, you are sure to fall in love with America's West on this 10-night tour.
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak and deluxe motorcoach
- Reclining coach seat with leg rest on Amtrak for two nights
- First-class hotel accommodations for eight nights
- 17 meals
- Admission included for all sightseeing tours and attractions including Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument and Yellowstone
- Baggage handling, taxes and tips
- Services of a professional tour director
- Black Hills Central Railroad
- Grand Tetons
- Yellowstone National Park
- The Buffalo Bill Historic Center
- Mt. Rushmore
- Custer State Park
Day 1 - Depart ChicagoYellowstone / Black Hills / Mt. Rushmore tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago's Union Station. At 1:15 they'll prepare to board the famous California Zephyr. Departure is at 2:00. The train features double-decker Superliner equipment. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Amtrak Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional charge. After settling in, you may want to go the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car with its comfortable seating. It's a great place to enjoy the passing scenery. This evening you can enjoy an optional full-course dinner in the dining car; lighter fare is available in the lounge car. Overnight train.
Day 2 - En RouteWhen you awaken this morning you may look out your window toward the West and thrill to the sight of the towering, majestic Colorado Rockies in the distance. Plan to get up early, have a piping hot breakfast in the dining car and find a seat in the Sightseer Lounge Car. The Zephyr will pull out of Denver at 8:05 a.m. and begin its climb over the Front Range toward the Continental Divide.
About an hour later we'll encounter the famous six-mile long Moffat Tunnel and go under the Continental Divide. The train will wind around sharp mountain curves and through numerous tunnels. You'll look down at roaring streams winding through valleys far below. Our arrival into Glenwood Springs is scheduled for 1:46 p.m. We'll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel north to Craig, Colorado, where we'll spend the night at the Hampton Inn. Overnight Craig. (D)*
Day 3 - Jackson HoleThis morning we'll enjoy a hot Continental breakfast (included) before setting off for Wyoming. By mid-afternoon we'll arrive in the ranching and resort center of Jackson, Wyoming. Our comfortable lodging is at The Rustic Inn. Dinner this evening is included. Overnight Jackson Hole. (B, D)
Day 4 - Grand Teton RangeEnjoy a full breakfast in your hotel this morning. No mountain skyline is more impressive than that of the Grand Teton Range. Peaks rise abruptly with no foothills. We'll visit the Chapel of Transfiguration, a rustic log church with fantastic views of the Tetons. Lunch is included today. At the Colter Bay Visitor Center we view Plains Indian art and exhibits and learn more about Grand Teton National Park. Later, we continue into Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was established in 1872 as America's first national park. This is the world's most extensive region of geothermal activity. Thousands of hot springs dot the thermal basins. Old Faithful is the most famous geyser in the world.
We will spend two nights at the Kelly Inn. There are a variety of evening activities available including the Playbill Theatre (Broadway-style musicals and dramas), an IMAX Theater featuring a 45-minute presentation about the Yellowstone Park area and the Yellowstone Historic Center. (B, L)
Day 5 - YellowstoneA Continental breakfast is included each morning in our hotel. Today we begin to explore Yellowstone National Park, a two-million acre national jewel. Today we’ll take the Upper Loop, which visits Gibbon Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs, Undine Falls, Tower Falls and the Lamar Valley. We’ll return to our hotel by late afternoon. (B, L)
Day 6 - Yellowstone / Cody, WYWe'll begin our second day of awesome Yellowstone National Park experiences. Today we take the Lower Loop and visit Fountain Paint Pots, Old Faithful, Geyser, The Old Faithful Inn, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Upper Falls, the Lower Falls, mud Volcano (time permitting), Yellowstone Lake and Lake Hotel. A boxed lunch is included. Our travelers will continue east to Cody, where we’ll spend the night at the The Cody Hotel. Dinner tonight is included. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Buffalo Bill Historic Center to Rapid CityFollowing a Continental breakfast, we will spend the morning at the Buffalo Bill Historic Center, which has five museums in one easy-to-navigate location. Museums at the site include the Buffalo Bill Museum, exploring the famous life of “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Cody Firearms Museum, and the Draper Museum of Natural History. The Plains Indian Museum features art and artifacts of the Plains Indians, including the Arapaho, Crow, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Blackfeet, Sioux, Gros Ventre, Shoshone, and Pawnee. At noon we will depart for Rapid City, South Dakota. We will make a stop for an included dinner in Gillette, Wyoming, at the Prime Rib Restaurant. We'll spend the next three nights at the Hilton Garden Inn. Overnight Rapid City. (B, D)
Day 8 - The Black HillsFollowing an included breakfast, we will enjoy a guided sightseeing tour including a visit to the Stav Kirke Norwegian Chapel in the Hills. We will travel scenic Skyline Drive and Dinosaur Hill and enjoy a guided tour of the Black Hills Gold factory.
After an “on-your-own” lunch in Hill City, we'll visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, an in-progress monument to the famous Chief, and enjoy a ride to the base of Crazy Horse Mountain. We will continue to Custer State Park where we will tour the Park on the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. Located in the Black Hills, Custer State Park is populated with over 1,500 hundred bison, pronghorn sheep, elk, and numerous other animals. Keep your camera ready for incredible photo opportunities! There are a variety of dinner options nearby. Overnight Rapid City. (B)
Day 9 - Deadwood & Custer State ParkThis morning we'll travel to Hill City where we'll ride the Black Hills Central Railroad. This 1880 train takes you past some of the Black Hills most amazing scenery. The narrated tour is about an hour and travels near Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore. The train ride terminates in Keystone where we will go to the Gutzen Borglum Museum and Mt. Rushmore. Here you will learn about the man who made one of the country's most famous monuments, the incredible Mount Rushmore.
We will have time for an “on-your-own” lunch. This afternoon we will travel to Deadwood where we will visit the legendary Wild West. You will see Main Street, and a historic restored street. Dinner is included this evening at the Silverado Grand Buffet. Following dinner we will return to our hotel. Overnight Rapid City. (B, D)
Day 10 - En Route to DenverToday we will travel from Rapid City to Denver. An "on-your-own" lunch stop will be made. Dinner included before boarding the California Zephyr at 7:10pm. Overnight on the train. (B, D)
Day 11 - En Route to ChicagoLast night, we passed through Nebraska and into Iowa. Today we will pass through the plains of Iowa and Illinois. We are scheduled to arrive at Chicago's Union Station at 2:50pm this afternoon.
Some tour members will change to trains bound for Midwest, Eastern, and Southern home cities. Others will spend the night in Chicago and fly home tomorrow.