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America's Great National Parks

(Tour code: UNP17)North America's Finest Scenery by Train

An oasis of spellbinding scenery and memorable experiences await on this enthralling tour of America's great natural gems. From cosmopolitan Chicago to breathtaking Glacier National Park, tour the best of Montana and Yellowstone, explore Salt Lake City, journey on the world's highest cog railway and discover the magical desert landscapes of Colorado.


Secure your 2017 USA & Canada holiday for a low deposit of only £100 per person when booking on or before 9th December 2016.  Terms & Conditions

Tour Highlights
  • Chicago
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Salt Lake City
  • Sacred Dancing Cascade
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
    1 overnight Amtrak journey
  • 13 nights' accomodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Fly Options

Regional Departures Available

To make your travel arrangements even more convenient for you, we are excited to announce that we are now offering some regional airport options outside London for this tour.

To view prices and flight options, please click the 'View Dates & Prices' button and select the departure that you are interested in as options may vary. Alternative, click the image on the left to see flight options and call us on 01904 734 111 to book.

Days 1-2


We depart London Heathrow for Chicago, and stay two nights at the MileNorth Hotel. On Day 2, we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Chicago's famous landmarks, including the site of the Valentine's Day massacre, as well as Little Italy and the Levee area. The rest of your day is at leisure - why not take a cruise on Lake Michigan, indulge in some retail therapy on the 'Magnificent Mile', or perhaps ascend the Willis Tower?

Amtrak Empire Builder Train
Days 3-4

Empire Builder to Glacier National Park

This afternoon we board Amtrak's Empire Builder service for an enthralling overnight journey of more than 1,000 miles to West Glacier. The train takes us along the shore of Lake Michigan, before crossing the sprawling farmland and open plains of Wisconsin. Be sure to admire the ever-changing views from the sightseer lounge as we continue through the rugged, undulating landscape of Minnesota. Dinner is served on board before you retire to your cabin for the night. On Day 4 our journey continues as the train makes its way across South Dakota and into Montana. From here, the verdant scenery becomes ever-more dramatic as we approach the spellbinding scenery of Glacier National Park. Here rivers, staggering peaks, lush meadows and literally thousands of lakes come into view before our arrival at West Glacier station. Here we transfer by coach to Whitefish, for two nights at the Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge.

Glacier National Park
Day 5

Exploring Glacier National Park

On today's excursion we explore the breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park on a guided tour, driving over the famous 'Going-to-the-Sun-Road', which takes its name from the local mountain and spans the 53km width of the park, before stopping en route at the Apgar visitor centre; a site vital to the conservation of the area. We admire the forests of the Lake McDonald Valley, lined with hemlock and cedar trees. During the day we also visit the striking Sacred Dancing Cascade, where the turquoise waters tumble through a tall rocky gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for rare wildlife including bighorn sheep and grizzly bears as we continue towards Camas Creek. Located to the east of the park is the Blackfeet Indian reservation, established in 1855 after an American massacre of members of the native Blackfeet tribe and is made up of roughly 1.5 million acres.

Yellowstone National Park
Day 6

Drive to Yellowstone National Park

From Whitefish, we drive southwards through the attractive and rugged scenery of Montana as we make our way to the Wyoming border. Here we reach West Yellowstone, just outside the magnificent Yellowstone National Park, for a 2 night stay.

Yellowstone National Park
Day 7

Yellowstone National Park

We venture into Yellowstone itself on Day 7 for a full-day guided sightseeing tour of this spectacular National Park. Plunging waterfalls, steep valleys, pristine emerald lakes, verdant forests and colourful meadows all adorn this immaculate landscape. Yellowstone's true cause for fame is, of course, its plethora of geysers which dot the region. Its crowning glory is naturally the renowned Old Faithful geyser, once reputed to emit the most consistent steam eruptions, and it is this collection that led to Yellowstone's designation as America's first National Park in 1872. We follow the classical Upper and Lower Loop route through the Park on our guided tour, with time at Old Faithful to observe its ironic irregularity.

Grand Teton National Park
Days 8-10

To Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City

Today we enjoy an incredibly scenic drive through Grand Teton National Park. Majestic mountains and turquoise rivers flank our route. We spend tonight in Jackson Hole at the Hampton Inn. On Day 9 we travel to Salt Lake City, the proud state capital of Utah. We spend two nights here at the Little America Hotel. On Day 10 we embark on a guided tour of the city, taking in its landmarks and attractions. We start at the Great Salt Lake, whose azure waters lend the city its name, before heading into the city centre. We see elegant Temple Square, crowned by the majestic Salt Lake Temple, a palatial monument to the pioneers of the Mormon Church. We also take in the classical marble State Capitol building, as well as various grand mansions lining the avenues of Salt Lake City, and the University of Utah. Finally, we visit This Is The Place heritage park, and This Is The Place Monument, marking the end of the fabled 1,300 mile Mormon trail.

Grand Junction
Day 11

To Grand Junction

We leave Salt Lake City and drive to Grand Junction, Colorado, and stay two nights at the Hampton Inn.

Canyonlands National Park
Day 12

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

The awe-inspiring and breathtaking landscapes of Colorado are revealed as we enjoy an excursion to two of the state's most incredible National Parks. We begin at Arches National Park, so named for its majestic rock formations of a series of natural stone arches. Admire the deep reds and orange hues of this unique wonderland as we drive through the Park, stopping for photos at every opportunity. We continue to Canyonlands, with its equally impressive geological formations. Here, soaring towers and pinnacles of red rock rise from the valley floor. Divided by the raging rapids below, each boast their own distinctive and individual shapes, colouring and texture.

California Zephyr
Day 13

California Zephyr to Denver

Today we board Amtrak's California Zephyr service for a journey to the Mile High City of Denver. We stay two nights at the Warwick Hotel, ideally located in the heart of the city.

Garden of the Gods
Day 14

Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods

We transfer to Colorado Springs this morning, where we join the famous Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a thrilling round-trip through the mountains. Reputed to be the highest cog railway in the world, the Pikes Peak Railway traverses stunningly scenic terrain on its route, passing rugged creeks, plunging ravines, thick forest and enchanting waterfalls, as well as travelling through 'Hell's Gate', a natural pass and gateway to the mountains. On our return to Colorado Springs, we pay a visit to this town's own natural paradise - the Garden of the Gods where you have time at leisure. Awaiting us here is an otherworldly constellation of pillars, arches and whole mountains of rock, naturally arranged into bewitching - seemingly impossible - shapes, patterns and compounds.

Days 15-16


We enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport this afternoon. We depart on our overnight flight to London Heathrow, arriving in the morning of Day 16.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

On this tour you will travel to altitudes in excess of 8860 feet. It is unlikely that you would encounter any difficulties, however if you suffer from heart or respiratory conditions, please consult your doctor. 


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