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(Tour code: UYG18)

Explore the USA from New York to San Francisco

Explore the USA from New York to San Francisco, on a 15-day Stateside 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.

  • New York
  • Washington D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Francisco
What’s Included
  • 1 night on board the Capitol Limited
    2 nights on board the California Zephyr
  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

American Rail Adventure 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-4 White House, Washington D.C.
White House, Washington D.C.

New York and Washington D.C.

Our American adventure begins with a flight to New York. Arriving in the evening, we transfer to our hotel. On Day 2 we take a tour of the 'City that Never Sleeps', taking in iconic sights including leafy Central Park and bustling Fifth Avenue. We leave New York behind on Day 3, travelling by rail to Washington District Capital. On arrival, we take a guided coach tour of this capital city, before checking in to our hotel. Day 4 begins with a free morning; perhaps take the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery. This afternoon, we board the Capitol Limited, for the overnight journey to Chicago.

Days 5-6 Chicago

Chicago and the California Zephyr

After breakfast on board this morning, we pull into the 'Windy City.' We take a tour of the city, revisiting the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and 30s that established Chicago's historic reputation as a city of bootleggers. Modern Chicago is glorious, its architecture a key highlight for many visitors. With this afternoon and the morning of Day 6 free, perhaps take this chance to stroll along the Magnificent Mile. This afternoon we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver.

Days 7-8 Denver

Denver and Grand Junction

We arrive into Denver this morning, where we are met by a coach for a tour of the incredible features surrounding the 'Mile High City.' Our tour includes the spectacular Red Rocks Park, with the stunning Rocky Mountains that line the Continental Divide. We also enjoy a photo stop at Echo Lake. Later, we drive t to Golden, an authentic mountain mining town. Later, we continue to Lookout Mountain, for glorious views over the evergreen wilderness below. This is also the final resting place of the larger-than-life frontiersman Buffalo Bill. We also visit the Buffalo Bill Museum, dedicated to the life of this colourful character. Early on Day 8, we leave Denver behind, travelling through the Rockies en-route to Grand Junction.

Days 9-11 Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

This morning we visit Colorado National Monument, a stunning canyon park that is home to Grand Mesa - the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. Late this afternoon we re-board the California Zephyr, travelling to Salt Lake City. Day 10 begins with a free morning, ahead of a tour of Temple Square and Brigham Young's Beehive House. Day 11 is free to explore Salt Lake City. This evening we catch the overnight train to San Francisco.

Days 12-13 Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

San Francisco

We arrive into San Francisco this afternoon, and you are free to settle in. On Day 13 we take a sightseeing tour of the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge & Fisherman's Wharf. After the tour, you are free; perhaps visit Alcatraz.

Days 14-15 Return Home
Return Home

Return to London

After a free morning, we fly to London, arriving on Day 15.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London Gatwick to New York and from San Francisco to London Gatwick
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 10 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on board the Capitol Limited
  • 2 nights on board the California Zephyr

Delicious meals included

  • 9 meals, including 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of New York
  • Sightseeing tours of Washington D.C. and Chicago
  • Scenic tour of Colorado's incredible landscape, including Red Rocks Park, Echo Lake, and a visit to an authentic Gold Rush town
  • Visit to the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction
  • Tour of Temple Square and guided visit to Brigham Young's Beehive House
  • City tour of San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Free time in Manhattan, Washington D.C., Salt Lake City and San Francisco
Kathryn Cambridge
Lynne Broadley
Lori Mcclaren
Phil Conde
American Rail Adventure

Explore the USA from New York to San Francisco


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