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Trans-America: New York to San Francisco by rail

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Travel on iconic Amtrak trains and visit incredible American cities

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.

Things to do
  • New York
  • Washington D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Journey on the California Zephyr
  • Denver
  • Journey through the Rocky Mountains
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Francisco
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Trans-America: New York to San Francisco by rail Sample itinerary

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Days 1-2 Statue Of Liberty, New York
Statue Of Liberty, New York

To New York

Fly to New York, taking a tour of the 'City that Never Sleeps' that includes iconic sights such as Central Park and Fifth Avenue on Day 2.

Day 3 The White House, Washington
The White House, Washington

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
Capitol Limited

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

Chicago and the California Zephyr

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

Days 6-7 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 8 Grand Junction
Grand Junction

Through the Rockies to Grand Junction

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

Day 9 California Zephyr
California Zephyr

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.

Days 10-11 Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Day 10 begins with a free morning, ahead of a guided tour. On Day 11 you are free to explore Salt Lake City before catching the overnight train to San Francisco.

Days 12-13 Alcatraz

San Francisco

Settle into San Francisco on Day 12 ahead of a sightseeing tour of the city on Day 13. See famous sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. After the tour, perhaps visit Alcatraz.

Days 14-15 Journey home

Journey home

Following a leisurely morning transfer to the airport for you flight back to the UK, landing on Day 15.

Please note

The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.

Laura Strawinski
Mark Brennan
Sally Hauser
Trans-America: New York to San Francisco by rail

Travel on iconic Amtrak trains and visit incredible American cities


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