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Enjoy the ultimate American coast to coast adventure

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20 daysFrom £4,395 per person
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2020 Tour code: USG20

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to New York

We leave London and fly to New York, where we spend two nights at the New York Marriott East Side Hotel.

New York
Day 2 - Sightseeing in New York

Today, we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbour, spotting landmarks from our unique vantage point on the water like Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty. Later, we take a guided tour of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers.

New York
Days 3-4 - To Washington DC

On Day 3 we take the train south to Washington, the nation's capital, where we spend two nights at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel located in the Dupont Circle district. This afternoon we begin a guided tour of this political powerhouse, passing many famous landmarks, including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon.

Day 4 is free to explore Washington at leisure. Why not visit the world's largest art, science and history museum complex - the fantastic Smithsonian? There are many other terrific places to visit, including Arlington Cemetery with its 'Eternal Flame', and lively Adams Morgan.

Washington DC
Day 5 - To the Mid-West

We leave Washington late-afternoon on the Capitol Limited. The Capitol Limited service runs daily between Washington D.C. and Chicago, following the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley. Our overnight journey takes us past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh, before crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland across Indiana and eventually into the centre of Chicago.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of the Sightseer Lounge before moving to the dining car to enjoy dinner - included as part of your journey.

Capitol Limited
Days 6-8 - Overnight to Chicago and the Great Plains

We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board the Capitol Limited. Here we spend the next two nights. On arrival in Chicago, we board a coach at the station for a city 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 some of the city's less infamous landmarks.

Your afternoon, and Day 7, is free to explore Chicago. The Willis Tower - Chicago's equivalent of the Empire State Building - is a must-see and offers superb panoramas over the city, the lake and the landscapes beyond. The nearby Hancock Centre boasts similarly terrific views. Alternatively, you could venture down to Lake Michigan and enjoy a harbour cruise.

After a free morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver, which takes us across the cornfields and plains of Iowa and Nebraska. The Zephyr has a Sightseer Lounge and dinner is served in the train's dining car in the evening.

Chicago
Days 9-10 - Denver and Rocky Mountain National 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 modern Staybridge Suites.

On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion to exploring the Rocky Mountains. Renowned worldwide for their breathtaking scenery abundant in turquoise rivers, lush forests, majestic mountain vistas and wildlife including elk, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks, these parks are the jewel in Colorado's crown.

Denver
Days 11-12 - Heritage American rail

Today we embark on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys along the route of the Denver & 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.

On Day 12, we transfer to Silverton, for a journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, travelling through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango, where we spend the night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central.

Durango and Silverton Railroad
Days 13-14 - Monument Valley, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon

Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Monument Valley is one of America's defining images, which we discover today as we pass through en-route to Flagstaff. We head along legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams on Day 14, where we join the Grand Canyon Railway. Travel in carriages hauled by historic locomotives to the Grand Canyon, to see one of the world's most aweinspiring sights.

The canyon, created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon with plenty of time to enjoy the views.

Monument Valley
Days 15-17 - Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the Coast Starlight

Today, we journey to fabulous Las Vegas, where your afternoon is at leisure to properly enjoy 'Sin City' itself. On Day 16, we transfer to Los Angeles, and enjoy an exploratory sightseeing tour, including a stop off on iconic Hollywood Boulevard. On Day 17 we join Amtrak's Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the Pacific Coast to San Francisco.

 

Please note Departure USG2001 with stay at the Hotel Zephyr at the Wharf. Departures USG2005 and USG2009 will stay at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Coast Starlight
Day 18 - San Francisco

We begin our explorations with a guided tour that includes the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to a much-loved population of sea lions. Your afternoon is free to explore further ahead of a farewell dinner.

San Francisco
Days 19-20 - The journey home

We transfer to the airport for our flight to London today, arriving on Day 20.

Flying home

Additional information

Please note

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

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.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Staybridge Suites

Staybridge Suites, Denver

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Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

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Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

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Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

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MGM Park Hotel

MGM Park Hotel, Las Vegas

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Le Meridien Hotel

Le Meridien Hotel, San Francisco

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Westin St Francis, San Francisco

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Kimpton Palomar Hotel

Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Washington

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New York Marriott East Side

New York Marriott East Side Hotel, New York

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Hampton Inn Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago

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Trains

Amtrak Trains
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Durango & Silverton Railroad
Grand Canyon Railway

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San Francisco
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Reviews

97% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted 07/11/2019

The holiday was well organised from start to finish . I knew from day to day what to expect, info on our day and time and where to meet

Mr M Green

Submitted 31/10/2019

Loved everything and everywhere- went with an open mind. Obviously some places were better than others but still enjoyed all

Ms G Nelson

Submitted 06/09/2019

It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from beginning to end. Our tour manager was very organized and exceptional.

Mr R Morton

Submitted 05/09/2019

Very professional company and an excellent holiday.

Mr D Woolf

Submitted 09/08/2019

Very good tour and an excellent tour manager, just a couple of niggles to stop it being 5 star.

Anonymous

Submitted 27/07/2019

A very interesting itinerary which was well delivered.

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