Day 1: Depart Chicago
Washington, DC /New York City Express tour members will meet in Chicago Union Station this afternoon. We will board the eastbound Capitol Limited prior to its 6:40 p.m. departure.
Relax in your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Superliner Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional cost.
You’ll want to spend time in the Sightseer Lounge where the glass windows rise from floor level to the ceiling. It is a great place to view the passing scenery.
You’re free to explore the train. Snacks, sandwiches, and beverages are available in the lounge car.
Dinner is included tonight in the dining car.
Day 2: Washington, DC
You’ll want to enjoy breakfast this morning in the dining car.
Arrival into Washington, DC Union Station is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. This stately building is much more than a train station. There is an expansive food court, six full service restaurants and more than 100 specialty shops on three levels with items from jewelry and apparel to gifts and boutique items and much more. A walk outside the station provides a view of the United States Capitol. The historic United States Postal Museum is just across the street.
We’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and transfer to the Holiday Inn Capitol, our home for the next two nights.
Our hotel is located about a block away from the National Mall. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of Art are close by.
Many of the national monuments are within walking distance on the National Mall. If you don’t want to walk, you may want to take a Hop-on Hop-off Tour or ride the Old Town Trolley to see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial or the White House.
Some of the other attractions include the World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Korean and Vietnam Memorials. Also the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, the Capital, Library of Congress, Supreme Court and the White House.
You can get a shuttle to Arlington National Cemetery where you can see the Kennedy gravesite, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and witness the ceremonial changing of the guard.
You may want to consider the Smithsonian Museums and Galleries. The Smithsonian Institution includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park, most of which are in DC and free to visit.
You will return to our hotel for the evening.
Day 3: Washington, DC
You have another day to enjoy the sights and sounds of historic Washington, DC.
Day 4: En Route / New York City
You are free again this morning to rest or continue exploring.
We will board our motorcoach and transfer to the Alexandria Amtrak Station where we will board The Carolinian for the 4:02 p.m. departure to New York City. A boxed dinner will be included.
Relax and enjoy the ride across New Jersey and under the Hudson River. We are scheduled to arrive into New York Penn Station at 8:35 p.m.
Upon arrival we will transfer to the San Carlos Hotel, our home for the next two nights.
Day 5: New York City
A Continental breakfast is included in our hotel this morning. New York with all of its glitz and glamour awaits you. You are free to explore the “city that never sleeps.”
You can board a Hop-on Hop-off tour and visit the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Times Square and Central Park. Other places of interest are Museum Mile, the Theater District, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the United Nations, Grants Tomb, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center.
You can also take a water taxi or the famous Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.
This evening you may want to take in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show.
Day 6: En Route
A Continental breakfast is included at our hotel again this morning. You are free again this morning to rest or do some last minute shopping or sightseeing.
We will board our motorcoach this afternoon to transfer to New York Penn Station.
We will board the Lake Shore Limited for the 3:40 p.m. departure to Chicago.
Relax in your reclining coach seats. Viewliner Roomettes or Bedrooms are available for an additional cost.
You’re free to explore the train. Go to the lounge car for snacks, sandwiches and beverages.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 7: En Route to Chicago
Enjoy a dining car breakfast this morning. We will arrive into Chicago at 9:45 a.m. Travelers will continue on to home destinations throughout the morning and afternoon.
Thurs., Oct. 12 to Wed., Oct. 18, 2017
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You set the pace on our “Express Tours”. These tours feature an open format where you choose the activities. You can fill every minute or simply relax at the hotel. Fine dining, casual dining or fast-food . . . you decide! We provide you with brochures from local sightseeing companies and attractions at the time of booking so you can have your plans in place when you arrive!
- While in Washington, DC you can take a sightseeing tour if you choose or jump on a double-decker bus to see the city. Again, you’re on your own, so you can see what interests you.
- Local attractions include the U. S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials.
- New York City with all of its glitz and glamour awaits you. You can see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Times Square, One World Trade Center, a Broadway Show and Central Park.
- New York City was named the #1 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA. Stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Tiffany & Co., the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store and many more.
- Round-trip transportation by rail and deluxe motorcoach.
- Reclining coach seat on the train with leg rest for two nights.
- First-class hotel accommodations for four nights.
- Seven meals.
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
- Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.
$1,995 - 7 Days
Upgrades: Roomette + $445
Bedroom + $895
Upgrade: Roomette + $890
FLY OPTION - Fly to Washington, DC - return from New York City
America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Air is not included in above price.
All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.
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