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USA Coast to Coast

(Tour code: USG17)Enjoy the ultimate American coast to coast adventure

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.


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
  • New York including a harbour cruise
  • San Francisco
  • Washington
  • Chicago and Denver
  • Journey on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad
  • Journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad
  • Monument Valley
  • Journey on The Grand Canyon Railroad
  • Los Angeles and Hollywood
  • Stay on the luxury liner RMS Queen Mary
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
    Amtrak rail travel
  • 15 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
    3 overnight train journeys (meals included)
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • 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.

New York
Days 1-3

New York, New York

We meet at London Heathrow for our direct flight to New York. Our base in the 'Big Apple' for three nights is the Beacon Hotel, within easy reach of Central Park, Broadway and Times Square. On Day 2 we see the incredible sights of the 'City that never sleeps', including Central Park and glamorous Fifth Avenue on our guided tour, before enjoying a harbour cruise around Manhattan past the Statue of Liberty. Your afternoon and the whole of Day 3 are free for you to continue exploring, and your options are virtually endless.

Washington DC
Days 4-5

To Washington DC

Today we take the train south to Washington, the nation's capital, where we spend two nights at the Phoenix Park Hotel. This afternoon we begin a guided tour of this elegant city, passing many of the famous landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon. Day 5 is free to explore Washington at leisure. Why not visit the world's largest art, science and history museum complex - the fantastic Smithsonian?

Day 6-8

Overnight to Chicago and the Great Plains

After a leisurely morning, we leave Washington on the Capitol Limited which runs daily to Chicago, following the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley. Our overnight journey includes dinner and takes us past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh, before crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland across Indiana, eventually arriving into the centre of Chicago on Day 7.

After breakfast on board, we take a coach tour that revisits the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and '30s. We take in the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre as well as Al Capone's headquarters, and of course a few less violent landmarks! Your afternoon is free to explore Chicago. The Willis Tower and Chicago's 360 Tower are a definite must-see and offers superb panoramas over the city, the lake and the landscapes beyond. Alternatively, you could venture down to Lake Michigan and enjoy a harbour cruise. We spend the night at the MileNorth Hotel, located within walking distance of Navy Pier, the shops of the Magnificent Mile and the lake.

After a relaxed morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver. The Zephyr has a Sightseer Lounge where you can relax and enjoy the views. Dinner is served in the train's dining car in the evening.

Days 9-10

Denver and Rocky Mountain Park

We arrive in Denver (nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is at an altitude of exactly one mile above sea level) early this morning, with breakfast served in the dining car. After our guided orientation drive on arrival, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore. Our home in Denver is the Warwick Hotel. On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Renowned worldwide for their breathtaking scenery abundant in turquoise rivers, lush forests, majestic mountain vistas and wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks, these Parks are the jewel in Colorado's crown.

Durango Silverton Railroad
Days 11-12

The Rocky Mountains by Heritage Rail

Today we embark on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys along the route of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Our journey takes us up into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines to the city of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's wine region, where we enjoy an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn.

On Day 12 a coach takes us through the San Juan Mountains to Silverton, an old mining town. Here we board the Durango and Silverton Railroad for a journey through breathtaking canyons and across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango. The town retains its Wild West look, with many restored buildings, a vintage narrow-gauge railway, station and museum. We spend the night at the Doubletree Hotel.

The Grand Canyon
Days 13-15

Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon

Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Utah's Monument Valley is one of America's defining images and our journey through Navajo country takes us to Flagstaff for two nights at the Little America Hotel. We enjoy time at leisure on Day 14 ahead of our excursion to the Grand Canyon on Day 15. We head along the legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams to join the Grand Canyon Railway. We travel in vintage carriages to the Grand Canyon itself, one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights and created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon where you have the option of taking a spectacular flight (payable locally). This evening we transfer to the Southwest Chief for the overnight journey to Los Angeles.

Coast Starlight
Days 16-17

Los Angeles and the Coast Starlight

We spend this morning in Hollywood, with free time to see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre or to take a stroll down the famous Hollywood Boulevard. We then travel to Long Beach for one night on board RMS Queen Mary. On Day 17 we join Amtrak's Coast Starlight for a daytime journey northwards along the scenic Pacific coast shoreline to San Francisco, our home for three nights. Enjoy spectacular views as the train hugs the coast, passing vast stretches of pristine beaches north of Santa Barbara.

The Golden Gate Bridge
Days 18-19

San Francisco

We begin our explorations with a guided tour that includes the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to a much-loved population of sea lions. During your free time here you may wish to visit the infamous island of Alcatraz, renowned for its time as a prison. Day 19 is at leisure, so why not explore the vibrant streets of Chinatown or ride the tram to famous Lombard Street, 'the most crooked street in the world'?

Flying home
Days 20-21

Journey home

This afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight to London or Manchester, arriving on Day 21.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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