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Trans-America: New York to San Francisco by Rail

Travel on iconic Amtrak trains and visit incredible American cities

From $ per person

Explore the USA from New York to San Francisco, on a 15-day state side adventure by rail. Travel on iconic Amtrak trains and visit incredible American cities en-route, from bustling Washington D.C. to Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City, for a comprehensive tour of the United States.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Day 1 - To New York

Fly to New York today.

Day 2 - New York

Take a tour of the 'City that Never Sleeps' today, that includes iconic sights such as Central Park and Fifth Avenue.

Day 3 - To Washington D.C.

Leave New York behind on today, travelling by rail to Washington District Capital. On arrival, enjoy a tour of this capital city.

Day 4 - Capitol Limited to Chicago

This morning you could visit Arlington National Cemetery. In the afternoon board the Capitol Limited, for the overnight journey to Chicago.

Day 5 - Chicago

Spend the night in Chicago before boarding the California Zephyr overnight to Denver.

Day 6 - Denver

Arrive into Denver and explore the 'Mile High City'. Founded during America's 19th century gold rush, now it's home to a thriving downtown area, a bustling area centred on a mile-long promenade lined with cafés, shops.

Day 7 - Denver

Carry on exploring Denver today.

Day 8 - Through the Rockies to Grand Junction

Leave Denver behind today, travelling through the Rockies en-route to Grand Junction.

Day 9 - Colorado National Monument and the California Zephyr

Visit Colorado National Monument today, a stunning canyon park that is home to Grand Mesa the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. Late this afternoon, re-board the California Zephyr, travelling to Salt Lake City.

Day 10 - Salt Lake City

Today begins with a free morning, ahead of a guided tour.

Day 11 - Salt Lake City

You are free today to explore Salt Lake City before catching the overnight train to San Francisco.

Day 12 - San Francisco

Settle into San Francisco today.

Day 13 - San Francisco

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city toady. See famous sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. After the tour, perhaps visit Alcatraz.

Day 14 - Journey home

Following a leisurely morning transfer to the airport for you flight back to the UK.

Day 15 - Home

You arrive back in the UK today.

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.

Amtrak Trains

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.


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

Flight upgrades
Flight upgrades

Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.

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