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Enjoy the ultimate American coast to coast adventure

19 daysFrom $5,015 per person

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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - New York

Meet your Tour Manager and the rest of the group at our hotel in New York ahead of 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 Harbor, 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 center 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 Center boasts similarly terrific views. Alternatively, you could venture down to Lake Michigan and enjoy a harbor cruise.

After a free morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver, which takes us across the cornfi elds 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 Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown hotel.

On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion 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, traveling through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango, where we spend the night at the Vacation inn & Suites Durango Central.

Durango and Silverton Railroad
Day 13 - 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 Railroad. 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.

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
Day 19 - The journey home

You are free to depart at your leisure today.

Flying home

Additional information

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend you arrive into one of New York's three main airports - John F Kennedy International (JFK), which is approximately 17 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is San Francisco International (SFO), which is situated approximately 15 miles away from your final hotel.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour Manager.

Hotels

Hampton Inn Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago

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Vacation inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

Vacation inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

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Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

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New York Marriott East Side

New York Marriott East Side Hotel, New York

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Kimpton Palomar Hotel

Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Washington

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Trains

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

Reviews

97% of travelers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted Nov 07, 2019

The vacation 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 Oct 31, 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 Sep 06, 2019

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

Mr R Morton

Submitted Sep 05, 2019

Very professional company and an excellent vacation.

Mr D Woolf

Submitted Aug 09, 2019

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

Anonymous

Submitted Jul 27, 2019

A very interesting itinerary which was well delivered.

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