Route 66 by Rail

  • Albuquerque + 11 more
  • Independent Rail Tours, Rail Tours, USA Rail Tours,
  • 14
from  £2,299pp
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Board Amtrak and ride the rails along historic Route 66! Take in the iconic architecture of Chicago “The Windy City”, take a walking tour around historic Albuquerque, ride the Grand Canyon Railway to the Canyon’s South Rim, and tour Beverley Hills to see the homes of the stars and starlets of Los Angeles. Journey along the famous Route 66 highway system as you make your way south towards the Grand Canyon and marvel at the immense beauty at one of the 7 natural Wonders of the World. A magical trip across the country awaits on the Route 66 by Rail journey!


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.


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Day 1 Your Journey Begins in Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! Today your journey begins with a multi-day hop-on-hop-off sightseeing city tour. Don’t forget to hop-off and take a picture at the famous sign marking the start of Route 66! (overnight in Chicago)

Day 2 Chicago

Enjoy the second day of your hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour.

Day 3 Chicago to St. Louis

Travel independently to Union Station and board Amtrak’s Texas Eagle to St. Louis. Head south as you journey to the great Midwest on your train ride through the “Show-Me-State” to your destination seeing amazing views that no cars get to see. (overnight in St. Louis)

Day 4 St. Louis

Begin your day with a visit to the “Gateway to the West” at the St. Louis Gateway Arch. At an astounding 630-feet tall, its unique shape and stainless steel facade remarkably represent the history made in the city of St. Louis. (Overnight in St. Louis)

Day 5 Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Travel to the station and board the Amtrak to Albuquerque for a relaxing trip on the Southwest Chief. Carving through canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself, you’ll see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from interstate highways. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Days 6-7 Albuquerque

Arrive in Albuquerque later this afternoon and transfer on your own to your hotel. Enjoy your free time exploring the sights and sounds of Albuquerque, a city marked by its rich Spanish roots. (Overnight in Albuquerque)

Day 8 Albuquerque - Williams

Travel independently to the station and board Amtrak to Williams Junction on the Southwest Chief. Upon arrival in Williams Junction, you will be transferred to Williams and the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (Overnight in Williams)

Day 9 Grand Canyon

Enjoy your breakfast at the Grand Depot Cafe and be sure not to miss the morning shootout before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway into the Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the South Rim with lunch on your motor coach tour, and take in some of the most spectacular vistas in North America formed over 17 million years ago. (Overnight in the Canyon)

Day 10 Grand Canyon

Enjoy today at leisure in the Grand Canyon. Spend your free time enjoying the sights of the Canyon and drinking in the fresh air, amazing sights and many photo opportunities in the park. (Overnight in the Canyon)

Day 11 Overnight Aboard Amtrak

After a good night’s sleep, board the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams. Later that day, transfer from the hotel to the Amtrak Station and board the Southwest Chief train to Los Angeles. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 12 Los Angeles

Upon arrival early this morning, travel on your own to your hotel. Spend the day exploring Hollywood at leisure. Stop by the Walk of Fame or venture up to Griffith Observatory to view the Hollywood sign. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

Day 13 Los Angeles

Today take a guided sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles. At Santa Monica Pier make sure to take a picture at the sign marking the end of Route 66! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

Day 14

Your Journey ends in Los Angeles.