The Grand Rail Experience is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a full cross-country experience onboard Amtrak®! Connecting five of Amtrak’s top train routes around the US, and with stops in some of the nation’s top cities along the way, this around-the-country journey is sure to please any train-buff or adventurous sightseer!
Please note: – This is a suggested itinerary only and is intended to give an overview of what is possible. All of our holiday itineraries are fully customisable and can be tailor-made to suit your own individual requirements. If you would like to start in a different destination, use specific hotel accommodation, include an extra night here, a side-trip there and/or include tickets to an event please let your Discover North America travel specialist know. They’ll also book you the best value flights to ensure a seamless holiday experience.
Upon arrival transfer independently to your hotel and begin to explore America's Nation's Capital. (Overnight in Washington, D.C.)
Today you can explore Washington, DC on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city. Your fully guided tour of the city will stop at such important sites as the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, and the National Cathedral. (Overnight in Washington, D.C.)
Today you can explore Washington, DC on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city. Your fully guided tour of the city will stop at such important sites as the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, and the National Cathedral. Then tonight travel to Union Station and board the Crescent® for your overnight journey to New Orleans. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
Enjoy your leisurely train ride south as you head towards the “Big Easy”. Watch from the train as farms, sprawling fields, and forests are unveiled before you. This evening you will arrive in New Orleans, check into your hotel and relax for the evening. (Overnight in New Orleans)
Today you will get to enjoy New Orleans' on a guided sightseeing tour of the city. The tour will stop at such popular New Orleans sites as Jackson Square, the sprawling above-ground graveyards known as the “Cities of the Dead”, and the Garden District (home to many of the Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras). (Overnight in New Orleans)
This morning transfer independently to the Amtrak Station in New Orleans for your journey out to Los Angeles. Over the next two days you will enjoy wondrous views of bayous, forests, and deserts as the train winds its way west. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
This morning you will arrive into Los Angeles! Spend the day exploring the city on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. The tour covers many Los Angeles highlights including the Hollywood Sign, the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, and Rodeo Drive. (Overnight in Los Angeles)
This morning you will board the famous Coast Starlight® for your journey north to Seattle. Sit back and relax as the train hug some of California's most scenic coastline. Along the way you will enjoy magnificent views of the waves crashing over the Pacific Ocean. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
Continue to enjoy your ride on the Coast Starlight as the train continues on to Seattle. From the window of the train you will be able to snap pictures of the snow-capped Cascade Mountain Range. Upon arrival into Seattle, check into your hotel and prepare for a day of sightseeing tomorrow. (Overnight in Seattle)
Today you will get to explore all around the “Emerald City” on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Your tour of the city will bring you to the iconic Space Needle and nearby Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit, Pike's Place Market, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle waterfront. (Overnight in Seattle)
This morning you can continue to visit any Seattle attractions that you didn't already get to see, then this afternoon board the Empire Builder® to travel east to Chicago. Along the way you will pass through green forests, vast mountain ranges, and the Great Plains on your way to the Midwest. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
This afternoon you will arrive in Chicago. Tonight you are free to explore the city on your own or relax back at your hotel. (Overnight in Chicago)
Continue to explore the “Windy City” today by way of a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Your tour will make stops at Ellis Tower, Millennium Park, the famous Navy Pier, and the Magnificent Mile. (Overnight in Chicago)
Today you can continue to use your hop-on, hop-off tour to visit Chicago's top attractions. Then this afternoon check out of your hotel and transfer independently to the airport.