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Trip Overview

Prepare to take in all the grand natural beauty of three of America’s most beloved national parks! Visit the Grand Canyon and view one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Take in the green pine forests and stony mountains during your visit to Yosemite National Park. Head north and visit the “Crown of the Continent” high in the mountains at Glacier National Park. Explore all these amazing landscapes as well as the beautiful scenic journey by train along the way. Grand National Parks is an unforgettable adventure to the best of the American outdoors!


  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Motorcoach Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Admission to the Space Needle Observation Deck
  • Big Sky Circle Tour of Glacier National Park
  • Two Medicine Valley Boat Cruise of Glacier National Park

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Williams; Williams to San Francisco; San Francisco to Seattle; Seattle to Glacier National Park; Glacier National Park to Chicago in Coach accommodations on the Southwest Chief®, Coast Starlight®, and Empire Builder®
  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodations; 5 nights onboard Amtrak
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport in Chicago
  • Roundtrip flight from UK to Chicago
  • 5 meals included (4 breakfasts, 1 dinner)
Trip Map


Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1              ARRIVE CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! Transfer from the airport to your hotel and check in for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Chicago)

Head over to Union Station in Chicago to board the Empire Builder train heading West.  Your journey to the national parks has begun! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 3              WILLIAMS
Enjoy the beautiful western scenery right outside the windows of the train as you head towards the Grand Canyon.  Take some time to relax in the observation car and take in some of the best views the Amtrak train offers.  This evening you will arrive in Williams, AZ.  The town is a quaint Route 66 community.  Relax and rest up this evening after checking in to your hotel. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 4              GRAND CANYON
Awake this morning and head on over to the Grand Depot Café where your included breakfast awaits.  After a good meal to start the day, board the historic Grand Canyon Railway for the trip up to the Grand Canyon.  Enjoy the picturesque views of sprawling ponderosa pine forest around you as the train brings you right up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  A truly spectacular sight to behold, the Grand Canyon will awe and inspire you.  Your tour picks you up from the depot and takes you all around the South Rim for amazing views and a great introduction to the Canyon.  This evening, relax at your South Rim hotel. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon) B

The morning and early afternoon are yours to continue exploring the Grand Canyon.  Get up early to enjoy a desert sunrise, visit one of several museums and historical attractions nearby, or just relax and soak in the scenery a bit longer.  This afternoon, the Grand Canyon Railway brings you back to Williams.  Enjoy an included dinner as you prepare to board Amtrak once more for your journey to the West Coast (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 6              SAN FRANCISCO
Change trains this morning in Los Angeles as you prepare to ride up the spectacular California coastline.  The Coast Starlight train route follows the ocean north past warm, inviting countryside.  Arriving to San Francisco this evening, check in to your hotel and get a good rest.  Tomorrow you visit Yosemite! (Overnight in San Francisco)

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and head off to experience the wonders of Yosemite National Park.  Along the way, enjoy the scenery around you as you travel through California’s agricultural heartland.  Arriving to Yosemite, you will find it is a place like no other.  From bold, rocky peaks such as El Capitan, to sprawling piney forests, to its abundance of wildlife, this park will amaze you.  This evening you return to San Francisco.  Take some time to enjoy the city at night or relax and savour the day of exploration you’ve had. (Overnight in San Francisco)

Before your train departs this evening, take the day to explore a wonderfully inviting city: San Francisco.  Use your included hop-on, hop-off tour pass to enjoy an excellent narrated tour of the city featuring popular spots such as Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Union Square and more.  The pass also allows you to get off and re-board the tour at your convenience allowing you to spend time at any of the stops you’d really like to experience further.  This evening, you head out on Amtrak to Emeryville to meet the train taking you north. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 9              SEATTLE
As your train heads to Seattle, you will experience the relaxing scenery of the Pacific Northwest.  It’s rolling hills and green pine forests are easily viewed from the train.  You will arrive to Seattle in the evening and check in to your hotel for a good night’s rest. (Overnight in Seattle)

This morning is free for you to explore Seattle.  Admission to the famous Space Needle is included for you.  Travel to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the bay, the surrounding landscape, and of course soaring Mt. Rainier.  Head over to Pike Place Market if you’re looking to explore a local landmark and maybe pick up something tasty.  This afternoon, you depart on the Empire Builder training heading to Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Your train arrives in Glacier National Park this morning.  Your hotel is right across from the depot and makes for an easy check-in.  Take some time today to relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery all around. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

Today you begin your exploration of Glacier National Park’s unparalleled mountain beauty.  Your Big Sky Circle Tour picks you up from the hotel and carries you off through the park.  As your guide drives through mountains along Going-to-the-Sun Road, past majestic points of interest such as Logan Pass and Goat Lick, you are provided a wonderfully narrated experience.  You’ll learn about the history, geology, plants, and wildlife of the park as well as the history and folklore of the native Blackfoot and Flathead tribes that once called this land home. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B

No trip to Glacier National Park would be complete without a chance to experience one of its pristine mountain lakes.  Today you are transported to Two Medicine Valley, deep within the national park, for a sightseeing boat cruise.  Marvel at the natural beauty of the valley, the lake, and keep your eyes open for the wildlife that frequent the shoreline. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B

After breakfast this morning you’ll board the train, heading to Chicago and the completion of your once-in-a-lifetime holiday.  As you leave Glacier National Park behind, a wealth of impressive scenery still awaits.  As the train carries you home, be sure to keep your eyes towards the window and soaking up the soaring snow-capped peaks, rolling foothills, and wide-open plains unravelling before you along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) B
Arrive back in Chicago this afternoon and check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Take the final night of your holiday to unwind in the Windy City, perhaps enjoying dinner out or relaxing at your hotel.

DAY 16             DEPART CHICAGO
Today a transfer will connect you from your hotel to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 17            ARRIVE IN THE UK

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge was built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. Located in East Glacier Park Village it is 3 miles outside of Glacier National Park. The Glacier Park Lodge's 161 guest rooms can accommodate over 500 people.

El Tovar

El Tovar Hotel, the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. In the past, the Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Western author Zane Grey, and many others. Today, El Tovar retains its elegant charm. Located on the Canyon rim, it features a fine dining room (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), lounge and curio shop with newsstand.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Maswik Lodge

Maswik Lodge is a modern facility spread over several acres of ponderosa pine forest, located just 1/4 mile from the Canyon's edge. Maswik Lodge features a cafeteria that is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Here you will also find a sports bar with a wide screen TV, a curio shop stocked with handicrafts and gifts, and a transportation/activities desk.

Thunderbird Lodge

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.

Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by pinyon and juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the rim. With modern rooms and many services within a few steps, this is a convenient choice for families. Yavapai East rooms feature in-room air conditioning and Yavapai West rooms have vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Our prime location in the heart of downtown Seattle offers you the combination of majestic Olympic Mountains views, the vibrancy of the Emerald City and the relaxing, quiet magnificence of the Puget Sound.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

Of all San Francisco hotels, Holiday Inn San Francisco Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

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Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.