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America's National Parks & Heritage Railroads

An oasis of spellbinding scenery and memorable experiences await

From $ per person


An oasis of spellbinding scenery awaits on this enthralling tour of America's great natural gems. From Yellowstone, to Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon, tour the best of these unspoiled natural preserves, enjoying heritage rail journeys along the way.

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Trains
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon

Opened in 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway 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 Railway remained popular with tourists until the irresistible rise of America's car industry. As the popularity of road travel boomed, the railway'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 Railway in 1989, just as its rusting assets were being salvaged for scrap. Its track and rolling stock lovingly restored to its original glory, the railway 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.

Royal Gorge Railroad
Royal Gorge Railroad

The Royal Gorge Railroad was built to capitalize on the mining industry that had developed in Colorado on the discovery of silver in the area. Constructed by the famous Denver & Rio Grande Railway, it is now generally considered to be the best-known section of their line.

The route opened in 1880 and both passenger and freight services commenced successfully. Owing to declining numbers, the passenger trains were withdrawn in 1967, but the line was still used for freight for another 30 years. In 1998, the railway was purchased by a local company, and heritage passenger services began the following year. For a heritage railway, the Royal Gorge Railroad is slightly unusual in that it has preserved 1950s diesel vehicles, rather than steam locomotives. But this has not stopped it from being tremendously popular ever since its re-opening.

1880 Train
1880 Train

Travel on the lovely, and heritage, 1880 Train on the Black Hills Central Railroad in South Dakota. This line runs over 10 miles of stunningly scenic country between Hill City and Key Stone, passing through beautifully verdant forests that change dramatically depending on the time of the year on its way. From the crisp browns and yellows of fall, to the ripe greens of summer, discover a journey that is picture-postcard perfect at all times, whilst riding in delightful carriages pulled by either one of three steam locomotives, or one of diesel engines.

The 1880 Train founded in 1957, and was named thanks to the founder, William Heckman, wanting to recapture the nostalgic fun of the 1880s. This delightful line now holds the title as one of the United States of Americas' longest continuously running tourist trains.

Hotels
Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown, Buffalo
Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown

We stay at the 3-Star Hampton Inn & Suites in Buffalo. This hotel offers wonderful views of Clear Creek and the Big Horn Mountains, and comes well equipped with a 24-hour fitness room, a pool, and a laundry service (payable locally). The rooms are decorated in neutral colours, and come with a coffee maker, a minifridge, a television, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Holiday Inn Cody-At Buffalo Bill Village, Cody
Holiday Inn Cody-At Buffalo Bill Village

A modern offering, found in the geographical centre of Cody, the Holiday Inn Cody-At Buffalo Bill Village provides convenience and excellent service in true Wyoming style. Complimentary high-speed WiFi is available throughout the public areas of the hotel, and facilities feature a restaurant, a lounge area and an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms all enjoy a television each as well as tea & coffee making facilities.

Magnolia Hotel, Denver
Magnolia Hotel

Remarkably tasteful, with a rather impressive art-deco façade of white, the 3-Star Magnolia in Denver is an excellent base from which to explore this charming American town. The interiors are modern, and feature all the expected facilities in a contemporary hotel. Amenities here include a well-stocked bar with local beers, a fitness centre and a marvellous ballroom. The rooms are well-appointed and well-furnished, boasting complimentary WiFi, a television and tea & coffee making facilities.

The Lexington at Jackson Hole, Jackson
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Found in a charming chalet style building off the main street in Jackson Hole, the Lexington at Jackson Hole is an exceptionally welcoming hotel, featuring homely wooden interiors and cosy furnishings. Amenities here include a heated indoor pool and a hot tube, along with a breakfast area. All the well-appointed rooms provide a television and tea & coffee making facilities.

Comfort Suites, Moab
Comfort Suites

Our hotel near Arches National Park is the 3-Star Comfort Suites in Moab. This lovely hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area, thanks to it being a short drive away from a few of the spectacular sites, including the Colorado River. The hotel comes with a fitness centre, an outdoor pool, and laundry facilities (payable locally). All rooms here offer a television, a hairdryer, and coffee making facilities. 

Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley, Monument Valley
Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley

In Monument Valley, we stay at the 3-Star Hampton Inn Kayenta, which provides modern, comfortable accommodation, as well as incredible views across the surrounding Arizona desert. The décor is warm and traditional, with Native American-inspired themes across the guest rooms and public areas. Rooms come equipped with a television, complimentary Wi-Fi and a coffee maker.

Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza, Rapid City
Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza

Boasting an impressive atrium with an enormous waterfall and tasteful greenery, the Holiday Inn Rapid City - Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City offers traditional South Dakota hospitality in contemporary surroundings at the heart of one of the state's main cities. Amenities include a heated indoor pool and an extensive fitness centre as well as a restaurant. The rooms include a flat screen television and complimentary WiFi.  

Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City
Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City

The Little America Hotel enjoys a location in the centre of Salt Lake City's downtown, close to the flourishing cultural attractions. Its facilities include a choice of restaurants, a lounge and sports bar, and a fitness centre - in addition to Salt Lake's largest indoor/outdoor pool. The spacious rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, a safe, television and telephone.

Gray Wolf Inn, West Yellowstone
Gray Wolf Inn

Situated right on the boarder of Yellowstone National Park, the Grey Wolf Inn is our comfortable accommodation whilst in West Yellowstone. The hotel has been newly renovated, and the rooms include fabulous modern amenities including flat screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and comfortable rooms. Other facilities that the hotel offers include an indoor swimming pool and a hot tub.

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Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Upgrade your flight to World Traveller Plus
Flight Upgrade

Upgrade your flight to World Traveller Plus from £400 per person each way.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person
Pullman London St Pancras      From £110 per person
Studios2Let, Cartright Gardens  From £55 per person

 

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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