Visit the magnificent Southwestern cities of Williams, Sedona, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe on this 12-day rail journey. You’ll also spend one-night in Los Angeles and visit the unforgettable South Rim of the Grand Canyon! Visit the home of famous celebrities in Los Angeles, travel onboard Amtrak’s Southwest Chief and the iconic Grand Canyon Railway, take in incredible views of the Grand Canyon from the South Rim, and explore the red rock beauty of Sedona. From there, spend two nights in Albuquerque, where you’ll enjoy learning about the history of its Old Town. Your last stop is Santa Fe, the nation’s highest capital. On your included walking tour, experience the city’s hidden charms, buys plaza, adobe neighbourhoods and Latin culture.
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.
Welcome to bustling Los Angeles! Known as the entertainment capital of the world, there is much to see, do and experience. Check into your hotel for a one night stay before stepping out and exploring the city on your own. Check out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, and the Santa Monica Pier! (Overnight in Los Angeles)
Today, enjoy your included tour of famous celebrity homes! This exciting experience will bring you to the homes of current and past stars such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan. Other points of interest include the Hollywood Hills, Mullholland Drive, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip. Later, travel on your own to Union Station, one of the city’s most iconic gems, and board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to Williams, Arizona. Onboard, you’ll catch glimpses of the fabled American West from the Observation Car—the kind you can only experience from the comfort of a train. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
This morning, the train arrives in Williams, Arizona, famous for being the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.” Board the Grand Canyon Railway to the awe-inspiring South Rim. With close to two dozen expansive, breath-taking viewpoints at the South Rim, you’re guaranteed to make some lasting memories while on your sightseeing tour of this great natural abyss. Can’t-miss panorama views include Mather Point, Yavapai Point, Desert View, and Hermit’s Rest. (Overnight in Grand Canyon)
The entire day and night is free for you to explore the South Rim on your own. There’s a reason the Grand Canyon is the second most-visited park in North America. It’s big, it’s iconic, and never fails to exceed expectations. Spend some time visiting the viewpoints you didn’t get to yesterday. Words simply cannot do the landscape you see justice. (Overnight in Grand Canyon)
Board the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams. Enjoy the gorgeous landscapes one more time before arriving back in town. (Overnight in Williams)
Transfer from Williams to Sedona today and get ready to discover the unforgettable red rock landscapes on your included jeep tour. One thing is for sure: you’re guaranteed to experience some breath-taking moments! You’ll be surrounded by seven incredible canyons before reaching historic Dry Creek Basin. You’ll get to explore parts of the desert you wouldn’t have the opportunity to otherwise. See Red Rock Crossing (the most photographed location in Sedona) with its towering Cathedral Rock and much, much more. Enjoy the rest of your day grabbing some delicious cuisine in town or go wine tasting. (Overnight in Sedona)
Embark on another scenic Sedona tour on an open-air vehicle! Your two-hour tour will take you through winding canyons and over rocky trails with an expertly trained guide. It’s the perfect way to explore Sedona’s rugged backcountry and hear about its local lore. Later, transfer from Sedona to Flagstaff. This gorgeous city offers many invigorating outdoor recreation activities and fascinating cultural attractions. If you are looking for something to do later in the evening, the Lowell observatory is perfect for stargazers. (Overnight in Flagstaff)
Board the Southwest Chief again today for your journey from Flagstaff to Albuquerque. Famous for its diverse ethnic heritage (especially Native American), Albuquerque is a gem in the Southwest. Once you check into your hotel and get settled, why not take some time to relax in town. This region is famous for hot air balloons. Each year in October the International Balloon Fiesta takes place. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, visit the Petroglyph National Monument. Featuring more than 15,000 rock carvings, it’s an awe-inspiring look at the history and landscape of New Mexico. (Overnight in Albuquerque)
Enjoy your included history tour of Old Town in the Northwest. The narrow streets are dotted with boutiques, museums, beautiful adobe buildings and Hispanic architecture, including the city’s oldest building, the San Felipe de Neri Church. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to spend it as you wish. (Overnight in Albuquerque)
Travel to the Amtrak station on your own and board your train. The train travels through canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself and you’ll see wonderful landscapes not visible for any highway. At over 7000ft above sea level, it is the nation’s highest capital. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and begin exploring the city and taking in the high desert landscapes. There are an abundance of art galleries and museums to stroll through, such as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Museum of International Folk Art. With approximately 350 days of sunshine a year, you’re sure to have a great time in Santa Fe. (Overnight in Santa Fe)
Discover Santa Fe's compelling history, treasured architecture on your included walking tour! Setting out on foot is the best way to find its hidden charms, see the busy plaza (the heart and soul of Santa Fe), adobe neighbourhoods, and learn all about the Latin culture. Surrounded by museums, historic buildings, restaurants, hotels, galleries, and endless shopping, the Plaza is the place to start understanding Santa Fe. Visit historic churches like St Francis Cathedral or Loretto Chapel and see the state capitol, known as the Roundhouse. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Go to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Located just 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe, this enchanting New Mexican landscape is worth the visit. (Overnight in Santa Fe)
Discover North America can arrange extra nights in Santa Fe and trip extensions. Please call us for more details.