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Trip Overview

A true rail experience awaits on this 12-day, roundtrip journey. From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains and the California Coast, you will take in some of the country’s best scenery from the window of the train. Visit the architecturally important Chicago, stroll the bustling streets of Seattle, and enjoy three of Amtrak’s most picturesque train lines. This rail adventure is sure to excite train-buffs and first-time travellers alike!


  • Chicago CityPASS® including:
    -Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry)
    -SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass)
    -The Field Museum (VIP Entry)
    -Museum of Science and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
    -Adler Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco


  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Chicago; Chicago to Seattle; and Seattle to San Francisco onboard the California Zephyr®, the Empire Builder®; and Coast Starlight®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights' onboard Amtrak

*Seattle Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour is seasonal. Seattle CityPASS will be included in the off-season. The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit

Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.


Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Welcome to San Francisco! Check into your hotel and spend the day and evening exploring the City by the Bay one of the most vibrant, diverse and beautiful cities in North America. There's so much to see, do, discover and eat and drink before your cross-country train journey. (Overnight in San Francisco)

Today, you will board Amtrak's California Zephyr for your trip east to Chicago. Take in the gorgeous landscape of the American countryside, the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas and the heart of the Rocky Mountains along this leisurely ride!(Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Welcome to Chicago! This afternoon check into your hotel and then take the afternoon to explore Chicago on your own. Known for its iconic architecture and culture, there is plenty to experience in Chicago. (Overnight in Chicago)

Today you will continue to take in the best of what the Windy City has to offer. Your Chicago CityPASS gives you access to some of the most popular attractions in Chi-Town, like Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Skydeck. (Overnight in Chicago)

his afternoon you will board Amtrak's famous Empire Builder for your trip across the top of our country towards Seattle. Settle in for one of the most scenic train rides in the country, marvel at the stunning views of the Missouri River, the beautiful North Dakota plains, “Big Sky” Country, and of Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Welcome to Seattle! The Emerald City is full of gorgeous sights just waiting for you to discover! Upon your arrival, you will travel to your hotel to drop off your luggage. Then, the rest of the day is yours to explore all Seattle has to offer. (Overnight in Seattle)

Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to see some of Seattle's most popular sights! Your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will connect you to downtown attractions such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Seattle Center, Seattle's Waterfront and more! (Overnight in Seattle)

This morning, board Amtrak's Coast Starlight for your trip back to San Francisco. Sit back and relax as the train makes its way past the Cascade Mountain Range and through the hills and mountains of the Northwest. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Welcome back to the unforgettable city of San Francisco! Check into your hotel and begin using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to visit all the iconic landmarks and attractions you didn't get the opportunity to experience on day 1 of your rail vacation. (Overnight in San Francisco)


Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Located just three blocks from the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, Monorail, the Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), Hyatt Place Seattle is conveniently located close to all major attractions. Complimentary 24/7 shuttle service to Pike Place Market, downtown shopping, and the waterfront! Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for all Amtrak guests. Complimentary shuttle service to Westlake Station for Link Light Rail service directly to Pioneer Square (5 minutes) and the Stadium Station (9 mins) for T-Mobile & CenturyLink Stadiums. Our Gallery menu has food and beverage options available 24/7 plus lots of amazing restaurants just a few steps away.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

Kimpton Alton Hotel (Formerly Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf)

Of all San Francisco hotels, Holiday Inn San Francisco Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

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For more information or to make a reservation, call our rail holiday experts at:
1 (800) 268-7252

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.