Day 1: Depart Chicago
America from Coast to Coast tour members will meet in Chicago Union Station this afternoon. At 8:00 p.m. we’ll board the eastbound Lake Shore Limited. Departure is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Relax in your included Viewliner Roomette. There are two comfortable reclining seats on either side of an eye-level picture window. At night, your attendant converts the two seats into a lower berth. An upper berth pulls down from the ceiling. There is a 6’ x 18” high window next to the upper berth. The Roomette includes a sink and a commode. A shower room is nearby. Bedrooms are available for an additional cost.
You’re free to explore the train. Go to the lounge car for snacks, sandwiches and beverages.
Day 2: En Route
All scheduled dining car meals are included on this tour, starting with breakfast and lunch today.
During the day our train will roll across beautiful upstate New York. The trip down the Hudson River with the Catskill Mountains in the background is equally beautiful.
Upon arrival into New York’s Penn Station at 6:23 p.m., we’ll transfer to the San Carlos Hotel.
Meal(s): B & L
Day 3: New York City
This morning we’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of New York City. We’ll see the most famous uptown and downtown neighborhoods: Harlem, Museum Mile, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Lincoln Center, Grant’s Tomb, United Nations, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and many more.
At 2:15 p.m., you’ll depart New York on the New Orleans-bound Crescent. You will again enjoy the Viewliner accommodations.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 4: En Route
We’ll be passing through Atlanta at 8:00 this morning and traveling through Alabama and Mississippi during the day. At 7:32 p.m. we’ll arrive in the fascinating Crescent City. Our home for the next two nights, the Hampton Inn Downtown is near the French Quarter.
You are free this evening to explore this exciting city.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 5: New Orleans
Following breakfast in our hotel, we’ll embark on a three-hour sightseeing tour of the Greater New Orleans area. The tour will include the St. Louis Cemetery III where the above ground burial system will be explained; beautiful City Park, the Lakefront area, the uptown section with its antebellum and new homes, Tulane University, Audubon Park, the French Market and the Old Mint.
Following the tour you are free to further explore this unique, world-class city. Take full advantage of all there is to see, do and taste!
Day 6: En Route / Sunset Limited
A breakfast is included at our hotel this morning. We’ll transfer to the Amtrak station where our travelers will prepare for a 2000-mile trip across five states to Los Angeles. Departure of the Sunset Limited is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Relax in your comfortable private Superliner Roomette or Bedroom.
All tastefully prepared full-course dining car meals are included.
This morning you can visit with new friends while watching the famous swampland of Louisiana (known as the Bayou) from the all-glass Sightseer Lounge car. This afternoon we’ll be passing through sugar cane fields.
We’ll arrive in Houston shortly after 6:18 p.m. You’ll have about a half-hour to enjoy a trainside stroll.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 7: En Route
During the night the landscape changed drastically. You’re now in the sparsely-populated Rio Grande Valley of West Texas. Tumbleweeds and arid lands surround our train. Just west of Del Rio we’ll cross the Pecos High Bridge spanning a magnificent canyon. The Pecos River is 321 feet below. Further on we pass by Langtry where Judge Roy Bean enforced his own “law west of the Pecos.” This area was the setting in the TV series “Lonesome Dove”.
Plan on a trainside stroll during our early afternoon stop in El Paso. The rest of the day we’ll encounter the stark, desolate land of southern New Mexico and Arizona. When we arrive in Tucson at 6:45 p.m., you can enjoy another trainside walk.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 8: En Route / Coast Starlight
Arrival into Los Angeles Union Station is scheduled for 5:35 a.m.
Your Tour Director will explain the various “on-your-own” breakfast options, ranging from a Starbucks and a 7-11 style convenience store in the station to nearby restaurants, including the famous Phillipes (home of the original French Dip sandwich).
Enjoy the station’s architecture, gardens and throne-like seating. Gather at 8:45 a.m. in the Metropolitan Lounge for complimentary coffee, tea and juice before boarding Amtrak’s premier train, the Coast Starlight.
Departure is scheduled for 10:10 a.m.
You will have a first-class Roomette for the 469-mile daytime journey to Emeryville (San Francisco). A delicious dining car lunch and dinner are included.
The highlights of the day will include traversing mountain ranges and about 100 miles of scenic Pacific Ocean coastline.
We are scheduled to reach Emeryville at 9:54 p.m. and will transfer to the world-famous “City by the Bay”. Our home for two nights in San Francisco is the attractive Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf.
Meal(s):L & D
Day 9: San Francisco
At 10:00 a.m. we’ll embark on a three hour sightseeing tour of San Francisco, including Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill and the Presidio.
You’re free this afternoon to ride a cable car or just wander around world-renowned Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll have time to discover the excellent restaurants, markets, import houses, galleries and souvenir shops.
Day 10: California Zephyr
This morning we’ll return to the Emeryville Amtrak Station where we will board the California Zephyr for our 2438-mile journey across seven states to Chicago. Departure is at 9:10 a.m. Look forward to the same accommodations and amenities you enjoyed on the Sunset Limited. Lunch and dinner are included in the dining car today. Lighter fare is available in the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car.
As we travel eastward we leave the lush green landscape and palm trees of California and enter the rugged terrain, dotted with pine trees, of the high Sierra Nevada mountains. We will pass through the famous Donner Pass this afternoon.
Meal(s): L & D
Day 11: En Route
Make sure you take the opportunity to view the spectacular Colorado Rockies scenery from the Sightseer Lounge car as we make our way toward Denver. When we leave Glenwood Springs, we will begin to climb through the awesome Rockies toward the Continental Divide. We’ll encounter the famous 6.2-mile long Moffat Tunnel and go under the Continental Divide. The mountain vistas will continue throughout the afternoon. We’ll arrive in Denver at 6:38 p.m.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 12: En Route to Chicago
The California Zephyr will roll across Iowa and Illinois and arrive in Chicago at mid afternoon. Some tour members will change to trains bound for Midwest, Eastern and Southern home cities. Others will spend the night in Chicago and fly home tomorrow.
Meal(s): B & L