Grand National Parks With Grand Canyon, Yosemite And Glacier National Park

Chicago, Williams, Grand Canyon National Park, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Seattle, Glacier National Park

Prepare to take in all the grand natural beauty of three of America's most beloved national parks! Visit the Grand Canyon and view one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Take in the green pine forests and stony mountains during your visit to Yosemite National Park. Head north and visit the "Crown of the Continent" high in the mountains at Glacier National Park. Explore all these amazing landscapes as well as the beautiful scenic journey by train along the way. Grand National Parks is an unforgettable adventure to the best of the American outdoors!

Our prices start from

$ 3,249 LAND ONLY

14 Days • INDEPENDENT • 5 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights onboard Amtrak
  • Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago - Williams - San Francisco - Seattle - Glacier National Park - Chicago on the Southwest Chief®, Coast Starlight®, and Empire Builder®
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Your Journey Begins In Chicago, IL

Head over to Union Station in Chicago to board the Southwest Chief® train heading West. Your journey to the national parks has begun! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 2 - Williams, AZ

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Enjoy the beautiful western scenery right outside the windows of the train as you head towards the Grand Canyon. Take some time to relax in the observation car and take in some of the best views the Amtrak train has to offer. This evening you will arrive in Williams, AZ. The town is a quaint Route 66 community. Relax and rest up this evening after checking in to your hotel.

Day 3 - Grand Canyon Railway To Grand Canyon National Park

Enjoy the picturesque views of sprawling ponderosa pine forest around you as the train brings you right up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Your tour picks you up from the depot and takes you all around the South Rim for amazing views and a great introduction to the Canyon.

Breakfast Included

Awake this morning and head on over to the Fred Harvey Restaurant where your included breakfast awaits. After a good meal to start the day, board the historic Grand Canyon Railway for the trip up to the Grand Canyon. A truly spectacular sight to behold, the Grand Canyon will awe and inspire you. This evening, you relax at your South Rim hotel. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon)

Day 4 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Dinner Included

The morning and early afternoon are yours to continue exploring the Grand Canyon. Get up early to enjoy a desert sunrise, visit one of several museums and historical attractions nearby, or just relax and soak in the scenery a bit longer. This afternoon, the Grand Canyon Railway brings you back to Williams. Enjoy an included dinner as you prepare to board Amtrak once more for your journey to the West Coast. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 5 - San Francisco, CA

The Coast Starlight® train route follows the ocean north past warm, inviting countryside.

Change trains this morning in Los Angeles as you prepare to ride up the spectacular California coastline. Arriving in San Francisco this evening, check in to your hotel and get a good rest. Tomorrow you visit Yosemite! (Overnight in San Francisco)

Day 6 - Yosemite National Park Day Trip

Arriving in Yosemite, you will find it is a place like no other. From bold, rocky peaks such as El Capitan, to sprawling piney forests, to its abundance of wildlife, this park will amaze you.

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and head off to experience the wonders of Yosemite National Park. Along the way, enjoy the scenery around you as you travel through California's agricultural heartland. This evening you return to San Francisco. Take some time to enjoy the city at night or relax and savor the day of exploration you've had. (Overnight in San Francisco)

Day 7 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Use your included hop-on, hop-off tour pass to enjoy an excellent narrated tour of the city featuring popular spots such as Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Union Square, and more. The pass also allows you to get off and re-board the tour at your convenience allowing you to spend time at any of the stops you'd really like to experience further.

Before your train departs this evening, take the day to explore a wonderfully inviting city: San Francisco. This evening, you head out on Amtrak to Emeryville to meet the train taking you north. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 8 - Seattle, WA

As your train heads to Seattle, you will experience the relaxing scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Its rolling hills and green pine forests are easily viewed from the train. You will arrive in Seattle in the evening and check in to your hotel for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Seattle)

Day 9 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

This morning is free for you to explore Seattle. Head over to Pike Place Market if you're looking to explore a local landmark and maybe pick up something tasty. This afternoon, you depart on the Empire Builder® train heading to Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 10 - Glacier National Park, MT

Your train arrives in Glacier National Park this morning. Your hotel is right across from the depot and makes for an easy check-in. Take some time today to relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery all around. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

Day 11 - Glacier National Park, MT

Your Big Sky Circle Tour picks you up from the hotel and carries you off through the park. As your guide drives through mountains along Going-to-the-Sun Road, past majestic points of interest such as Logan Pass and Goat Lick, you are provided a wonderfully narrated experience.

Breakfast Included

Today you begin your exploration of Glacier National Park's unparalleled mountain beauty. You'll learn about the history, geology, plants, and wildlife of the park as well as the history and folklore of the native Blackfoot and Flathead tribes that once called this land home. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

Day 12 - Glacier National Park, MT

Today you are transported to Two Medicine Valley, deep within the national park, for a sightseeing boat cruise.

Breakfast Included

No trip to Glacier National Park would be complete without a chance to experience one of its pristine mountain lakes. Marvel at the natural beauty of the valley, the lake, and keep your eyes open for the wildlife that frequent the shoreline. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

Day 13 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Breakfast Included

After breakfast this morning you'll board the train, heading to Chicago and the completion of your once-in-a-lifetime vacation. As you leave Glacier National Park behind, a wealth of impressive scenery still awaits. As the train carries you home, be sure to keep your eyes towards the window and soaking up the soaring snow-capped peaks, rolling foothills, and wide-open plains unraveling before you along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 14 - Your Journey Ends In Chicago, IL

Customize your vacation by adding on more nights or another destination! All of our itineraries can also be customized to return to your hometown's closest Amtrak station! Choose from a variety of accommodations.

Pricing is per person, land and rail only, based on January 1, 2021 travel date. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Contact your local AAA travel agent for pricing on your desired departure date..

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