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USA Coast to Coast

Enjoy the ultimate American coast to coast adventure

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Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Day 1 - London to New York
New York

We leave London and fly to New York, where we spend two nights at the luxurious Parker Hotel, only 3 blocks from the city's iconic Central Park. A contemporary hotel with an elegant feel, the Parker Hotel boasts a superb location, within easy reach of incredible attractions including Carnegie Hall, the Theater District and 5th Avenue. The hotel features two on-site restaurants, a hair salon (payable locally), a well-equipped gym and an indoor pool.

Day 2 - Sightseeing in New York
New York

On Day 2 we take a guided tour of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers. Later we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbour, spotting landmarks from our unique vantage point on the water including Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty.

Days 3-4 - To Washington DC
Washington DC

On Day 3 we take the train south to Washington, the nation's capital, where we spend two nights at the Fairfax Embassy Row, located in the Dupont Circle district. This afternoon we begin a guided tour of this elegant city, passing many of the famous landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon. Day 4 is free to explore Washington at leisure. Why not visit the world's largest art, science and history museum complex - the fantastic Smithsonian? There are many other terrifi c places to visit, including Arlington Cemetery with its 'Eternal Flame', and lively Adams Morgan and many other sights.

Day 5 - To the Mid-West
Capitol Limited

We leave Washington late-afternoon on the Capitol Limited. The Capitol Limited service runs daily between Washington D.C. and Chicago, following the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley. Our overnight journey takes us past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh, before crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland across Indiana and eventually into the centre of Chicago. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of the Sightseer Lounge before moving to the dining car to enjoy dinner - included as part of your journey.

Days 6-8 - Overnight to Chicago and the Great Plains
Chicago

We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board the Capitol Limited. Here we spend the next two nights at the Cambria Hotel, located within walking distance of Navy Pier, the shops of the Magnifi cent Mile and the lake. On arrival in Chicago, we board a coach at the station for a city tour that revisits the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and '30s. We take in the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre as well as Al Capone's headquarters, and some of the city's less infamous landmarks.

Your afternoon, and Day 7, is free to explore Chicago. The Willis Tower - Chicago's equivalent of the Empire State Building - is a must-see and offers superb panoramas over the city, the lake and the landscapes beyond. The nearby Hancock Centre boasts similarly terrific views. Alternatively, you could venture down to Lake Michigan and enjoy a harbour cruise.

After a free morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver, which takes us across the cornfi elds and plains of Iowa and Nebraska. The Zephyr has a Sightseer Lounge and dinner is served in the train's dining car in the evening.

Please note: Departures USG1907, 1908, 19091911 will stay at the Hampton Inn by Hilton in Chicago.

 

Days 9-10 - Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park
Denver

We arrive in Denver (nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is at an altitude of exactly one mile above sea level) early this morning, with breakfast served in the dining car. After our guided orientation drive on arrival, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore. Our home in Denver is the modern Magnolia Hotel.

On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Renowned worldwide for their breathtaking scenery abundant in turquoise rivers, lush forests, majestic mountain vistas and wildlife including elk, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks, these parks are the jewel in Colorado's crown.

Days 11-12 - Heritage American rail
Durango and Silverton Railroad

Today we embark on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys along the route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Our journey takes us up into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines to the city of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's wine region, where we enjoy an overnight stay.

On Day 12, we transfer to Silverton, for a journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, travelling through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango, where we spend the night at the DoubleTree Durango.

Days 13-14 - Monument Valley and Flagstaff
Monument Valley

Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Utah's Monument Valley is one of America's defining images, which we discover today as we pass through en-route to Flagstaff. Day 14 is free to explore.

Day 15 - The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon

Today we head along the legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams to join the Grand Canyon Railway. We travel in carriages, hauled by historic locomotives, to the Grand Canyon to see one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights. The canyon, created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon. This evening we join the Southwest Chief for the overnight journey to Los Angeles.

Days 16-17 - Los Angeles and the Coast Starlight
Coast Starlight

We spend this morning in Hollywood. We then travel to Long Beach for one night on board RMS Queen Mary. On Day 17 we join Amtrak's Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the Pacific coast to San Francisco.

Day 18 - San Francisco
San Francisco

We begin our explorations with a guided tour that includes the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to a much-loved population of sea lions. Your afternoon is free to explore further.

Days 19-20 - The journey home
Flying home

We transfer to the airport for our flight to London today, arriving on Day 20.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Amtrak Trains
Amtrak

Amtrak trains provide the passenger rail services in the USA, and relaxing on board one of its comfortable long distance trains is simply the best way to discover this vast country, its great cities and ever-changing landscape.

On overnight journeys, accommodation is in a Roomette Cabin, which are comfortable but compact. Inside you have two comfortable reclining seats beside a large window, which convert to upper and lower berths at night. Each cabin has individual climate control, a fold down table, fresh towels and complimentary bottled water. WC, shower and washroom facilities are located at the end of each carriage. Roomettes are located on both the upper and lower levels of the double-deck carriages.

On some Amtrak trains a limited number of bedrooms are available at a supplement. These cabins have a daytime sofa that converts to a wide lower berth and a comfortable upper berth at night, and the added benefit of their own en suite shower, washbasin and WC. During daytime journeys we travel in comfortable seats with plenty of legroom. On tours involving journeys on overnight sleeper services, passengers enjoy a meal in the restaurant car if they are travelling during a mealtime. Passengers travelling during the day may purchase meals from the restaurant car where this service is provided. Many Amtrak trains also have Lounge, Dinette and Café cars where passengers can buy snacks, meals and beverages and take advantage of the comfy seating.

Amtrak's Capitol Limited
Capitol Limited

Washington to the Allegheny Mountains
Our overnight journey on board the Capitol Limited takes us 764 miles (1,230km) from Washington DC to Chicago. We begin at Washington's beautifully restored Union Station and as we leave the city we catch glimpses of landmarks such as the blue and gold dome of the largest Catholic cathedral in the US. The train soon enters the state of Maryland and we begin our climb through the Appalachians, which offers us wonderful views of the Allegheny Mountains along the way.

Amtrak's California Zephyr
California Zephyr

The full route of the California Zephyr runs from Chicago in the east to Emeryville, California in the west. During our overnight sleeper journey on the California Zephyr as part of our USA Coast to Coast holiday, we travel on just a section of this route - from Chicago to the 'mile high' city of Denver, a 17-hour 1,038 mile (1670 km) trip.

Amtrak's Southwest Chief
Southwest Chief

The full journey of the Southwest Chief stretches 2,256 miles (3,631km) from Chicago to Los Angeles, taking passengers on a historic route well-trodden by American Indians, Spanish conquistadors and fur trappers. We travel on just a short section of the route from Flagstaff in Arizona to Los Angeles overnight; we board the train in the evening and arrive at our destination the following morning.

Amtrak's Coast Starlight
Coast Starlight

The Coast Starlight runs on the 1,390-mile (2,237km) route from Los Angeles to Seattle, taking its passengers along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, through lush, green valleys and impressive mountain ranges. On our USA Coast to Coast holiday we travel just a short section of this journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad

Trek across the dramatic peaks and deep ravines of the Rocky Mountains to Grand Junction, in the heart of the Colorado wine region. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad allows us to step back into the heyday of the American West and explore one of the most imposing and inspiring landscapes on the planet.

Durango & Silverton Railroad
Durango & Silverton Railroad

The Durango & Silverton Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1882 - now 133 years ago. It still operates steam engines and vintage rolling stock, and, perhaps most impressively, they are all indigenous to the line. The locomotives in use today made their first appearance there between 1923 and 1925.

The line climbs from Durango into the San Juan Mountains at Silverton, on a journey lasting 3 ½ hours. This allows plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

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.

Hotels
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.

Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango
Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

The modern Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central is located close to the centre of downtown Durango. As well as a restaurant and lounge, the hotel has an indoor swimming pool, 24-hour gym and a spa with sauna and massage rooms. Room facilities include cable TV, Wi-Fi internet access, air conditioning, a hairdryer and coffee maker.

Little America Hotel, Flagstaff
Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff stands in 500 acres of ponderosa pine forests at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks and offers a perfect base from which to explore the natural wonders of Northern Arizona. The hotel benefits from a full-service restaurant and a lounge bar. Leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym, a heated outdoor swimming pool (open seasonally) and a hot tub, plus a selection of sports and activities are available on request. The Little America Hotel also has a gift shop selling a wide selection of clothing, books, jewellery, art work and souvenirs. The well-appointed rooms at the Little America Hotel are situated in four two-storey lodges within the grounds. Each room is both comfortable and spacious, featuring two queen-sized beds and a sitting area. Facilities within the room include two telephones, a flat screen television, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a safe. Overnight laundry and dry cleaning services are available at this hotel, as well as a coin-operated laundry.

Hampton Inn, Grand Junction
Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

Situated on historic Main Street in downtown Grand Junction, the hotel enjoys a prime location within easy walking distance of 150 shops, restaurants, museum and theatres. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with television, hairdryer and coffee maker.

The Parker Hotel, New York
The Parker Hotel

Located a short walk away from the famous Central Park, and close to iconic Broadway, is our hotel, the 4-Star The Parker Hotel. This lovely hotel is surrounded by a plethora of trendy bars and restaurants, and is within reach of many of New York's finest attractions. There are 3 restaurants in the hotel, including a hidden burger restaurant, a breakfast bar, an elegant bar set inside an old church, and an Indian restaurant. On top of these fine eateries, there are also many leisure facilities, including a spa, a fitness centre, and a swimming pool, situated at the top of the building with stunning views over Central Park. The rooms are decorated in bright, neutral colours, and come with a hair-dryer, a television, climate control, a mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Westin St Francis, San Francisco
Westin St Francis, San Francisco

This stylish hotel is a San Francisco institution, having stood for over a century just a short walk from the city's downtown district, packed with wonderful sights and sounds. All en-suite rooms are a charming blend of modern amenities and early 20th century elegance. The hotel boasts a fabulous steakhouse, a buffet restaurant, a gourmet cocktail bar, café, fitness studio and a beauty and wellness centre. Rooms come equipped with standard facilities and also include a flat-screen TV and access to high-speed Internet. 

Fairfax Embassy Row, Washington
Fairfax Embassy Row

Our base in Washington is the 4-Star Fairfax at Embassy Row, situated close to many of Washington's most famous landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial and the White House, the home of the President of the United States. This establishment contains a breakfast room, and a restaurant, serving local cuisine, which has been a meeting point for the rich and famous since the 1920's. The rooms are classic and elegant, retaining much of its original charm, and all rooms come with a television, an in-room safe, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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!

Overnight Train Upgrade
Amtrak

• Bedroom with shower/W.C. on overnight trains from £695 per person (twin occupancy only)

2 for 1 Flight Premium Economy Upgrade
Flight Upgrade

2 for 1 upgrade from Economy to Premium Economy flight upgrade available on selected 2019 departures from £400 per person.

USG1907, USG1908, USG1909, USG1911

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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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