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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.

What’s included
  • Return economy flights from London
  • Airport transfers (station transfers not included)
  • 10 nights' 3/4star accommodation on a room only basis
  • 3 nights' overnight accommodation on board Amtrak Trains in roomette sleepers
  • Daytime rail in Standard Class

Optional Extras

  • Flight Upgrades
  • Hotel Upgrades
  • Optional Excursions: New York City tour, Washington City tour, Colorado Monument National Park, Salt Lake City guided tour, San Fransisco

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

James.E Eaton
Laura Strawinski
James.S Starkie
Trans-America: New York to San Francisco by rail

Travel on iconic Amtrak trains and visit incredible American cities


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