Grand National Parks With Yellowstone, Yosemite And The Grand Canyon

Chicago, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Los Angeles, Grand Canyon National Park, Williams

Three of the nation's greatest national parks await you on this rail journey across America! Take in the great expanse of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains aboard Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders of sprawling Yellowstone National Park. Continue on to Yosemite where your tour takes in all the stony peaks, beautiful open meadows, and piney forests that make up this national treasure. The Grand Canyon will leave you in awe with a natural beauty that took millions of years to create. Your Grand National Parks journey will provide a host of unforgettable experiences!

Our prices start from

$ 3,049 LAND ONLY

13 Days • INDEPENDENT • 3 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights on board Amtrak
  • Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago - Salt Lake City - San Francisco - Los Angeles - Williams - Chicago on the California Zephyr®, Coast Starlight®, and Southwest Chief®
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • 1 breakfasts, 2 dinners


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 California Zephyr® train heading West. You are on your way to the national parks! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 2 - Arrive in Salt Lake City, UT

Keep your camera handy as your train makes its way west. This journey from Chicago takes you across the waving fields of grain that make up the Great Plains and through the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains. As you arrive to Salt Lake City, head to your hotel for the evening. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

Day 3 - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Awake this morning and continue on to Yellowstone. Your journey takes in some amazing mountain scenery along the way. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

Day 4 - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Your included tour allows you to experience all of this while stopping at a number of thrilling landmarks such as the world-famous geyser, Old Faithful. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife that inhabit Yellowstone such as elk, bears, pronghorn, and even wolves!

Today you will experience the majesty of Yellowstone, the world's first national park. Formed from the remains of an extinct super-volcano that exploded around 600,000 years ago, the park is full of alpine lakes, flowing rivers, jagged peaks, expansive forests, hot springs, and geysers. Yellowstone is an absolute wonder! (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

*Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour is seasonal. During winter months, Old Faithful Explorer Tour will be substituted.

Day 5 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Dinner Included

You are transported back to Salt Lake City today to board your train heading to the West Coast and Yosemite National Park. Enjoy dinner and spectacular views of the city at The Roof Restaurant before departing on the train in the evening. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 6 - Arrive In San Francisco, CA

This evening you will arrive in San Francisco. Check into your hotel to relax or head out to enjoy dinner or some sights. The evening is yours. (Overnight in San Francisco)

Day 7 - Yosemite National Park Day Trip

Experience Yosemite's unmatched natural beauty and highlights including El Capitan, amazing wildlife, and stunning scenery.

Today's trip to Yosemite National Park is one of the highlights of your journey. After being picked up from your hotel, you will ride cross country, through California's agricultural heartland. This is a relaxing trip through some very charming countryside. Your visit to Yosemite itself is a chance to experience all the park is famous for: rocky peaks such as El Capitan, abundant pine forest, a variety of wildlife, and more. This evening you return to San Francisco. (Overnight in San Francisco)

Day 8 - San Francisco, CA To Los Angeles, CA

This morning you begin a truly scenic journey down to the California coast. Savor the beautiful rolling hills and amazing ocean views as you travel south. This evening, you stop for a night in Los Angeles before your vacation continues to the Grand Canyon. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

Day 9 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Use your included tour which will help you learn all about Hollywood with a visit to some of the homes of the stars.

Before your train departs in the evening, take some time to explore Los Angeles. Later on, head over to Union Station and board the Southwest Chief® bound for the Grand Canyon. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 10 - Arrive In Grand Canyon National Park

This classic train ride runs through the largest expanse of ponderosa pine forest views of some charming southwest scenery. The train ends at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Breakfast Included

You arrive in Williams, Arizona today headed for the Grand Canyon itself. Enjoy breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant as you prepare to board the Grand Canyon Railway. Formed over millions of years, the waters of the Colorado River have carved the Canyon into one of the wonders of the natural world. Your included tour picks you up from the South Rim and takes you all around for sightseeing while your guide provides a wealth of fascinating information about the area. The views are absolutely spectacular! You will stay this evening at the South Rim. (Overnight at the Grand Canyon)

Day 11 - Williams, AZ

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Dinner Included

This morning is yours to continue exploring the Grand Canyon. Relax by the Canyon and just enjoy the atmosphere. Take some time to visit some local attractions such as the historic Hopi House. In the afternoon, you will return to Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway. Dinner is included this evening as you prepare for the journey home. (Overnight in Williams)

Day 12 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Today you depart from Williams in the morning. Enjoy the desert sunrise as your train winds its way east. As the landscape rolls by out your window, take some time to reflect on all the amazing experiences you've had along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 13 - Your Journey Ends In Chicago

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, double occupancy, 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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