Day 1: Depart Chicago
Yellowstone / Black Hills / Mt. Rushmore tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station. At 1:15 p.m. we’ll prepare to board the famous California Zephyr. Departure is at 2:00 p.m.
This train features double-decker Superliner equipment. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or Bedrooms are available at an additional cost.
After settling in, you may want to go the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car with its comfortable seating. It’s a great place to enjoy the passing scenery. All dining car meals are included on the train beginning with dinner tonight.
Day 2: En Route
When you awaken this morning you may look out your window toward the West to experience the sight of the towering, majestic Colorado Rockies in the distance. Plan to get up early, have a piping hot breakfast in the dining car and find a seat in the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car for the spectacular winter scenery that will unfold before you today.
The Zephyr will pull out of Denver at 8:05 a.m. and begin its climb over the Front Range toward the Continental Divide.
About an hour later we’ll encounter the famous six-mile long Moffat Tunnel and go under the Continental Divide. The train will wind around sharp mountain curves and through numerous tunnels. You’ll look down at roaring streams winding through valleys far below.
Our arrival into Glenwood Springs is scheduled for 1:46 p.m. We’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel north to Craig, Colorado, where we’ll spend the night at the Hampton Inn.
Meal(s): B & L
Day 3: Jackson Hole
This morning we’ll enjoy a hot Continental breakfast (included) before setting off for Wyoming.
By mid-afternoon we’ll arrive in the ranching and resort center of Jackson, Wyoming. Our comfortable lodging is at the Rustic Inn. Dinner this evening is included.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 4: Grand Teton Range
Enjoy a Deluxe Buffet Breakfast in your hotel this morning. No mountain skyline is more impressive than that of the Grand Teton Range. Peaks rise abruptly with no foothills. We’ll visit the Chapel of Transfiguration, a rustic log church with fantastic views of the Tetons.
Lunch is included today. At the Colter Bay Visitor Center we view Plains Indian art and exhibits and learn more about Grand Teton National Park. Later, we continue into Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was established in 1872 as America’s first national park. This is the world’s most extensive region of geothermal activity. Thousands of hot springs dot the thermal basins. Old Faithful is the most famous geyser in the world. We will spend two nights at the Kelly Inn. There are a variety of evening activities available including the Playmill Theatre (Broadway-style musicals and dramas), an IMAX Theater featuring a 45-minute presentation about the Yellowstone Park area and the Yellowstone Historic Center.
Meal (s): B & L
Day 5: Yellowstone
A Continental breakfast is included each morning in our hotel. Today we begin to explore Yellowstone National Park, a two-million acre national jewel. We’ll journey through Madison Junction, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction and Tower Falls. Following a boxed lunch, we’ll continue to Artist Point, Inspiration Point and the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. We’ll return to our hotel by late afternoon.
Meal(s): CB & L
Day 6: Yellowstone / Cody, WY
We’ll begin our second day of awesome Yellowstone National Park experiences. A scenic drive takes us through the Hayden Valley, a region of lush forest meadows. Look for bison and other wildlife. Have your camera ready! Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone are highlights of the day. We’ll also view the paint-pots and bubbling hot springs mixed with clay. A boxed lunch is included. Our travelers will continue east to Cody, where we’ll spend the night at the The Cody Hotel. Dinner tonight is included.
Meal(s): CB, L & D
Day 7: Buffalo Bill Historic Center to Rapid City
Following a Continental breakfast we will spend the morning at the Buffalo Bill Historic Center, which has five museums in one easy-to-navigate location. Museums at the site include the Buffalo Bill Museum, exploring the famous life of “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Museum of Natural History. The Plains Indian Museum features art and artifacts of the Plains Indians, including the Arapaho, Crow, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Blackfeet, Sioux, Gros Ventre, Shoshone and Pawnee. At noon we will depart for Rapid City, South Dakota. We will make a stop for an included dinner in Gillette, Wyoming, at the Prime Rib Restaurant. We’ll spend the next three nights at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 8: The Black Hills / Custer State Park
Following an included breakfast we will enjoy a guided sightseeing tour including a visit to the Stav Kirke Norwegian Chapel in the Hills. We will travel scenic Skyline Drive and Dinosaur Hill and enjoy a guided tour of the Black Hills Gold factory.
Following an “on-your-own” lunch in Hill City, we’ll visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, an in-progress monument to the famous Chief and enjoy a ride to the base of Crazy Horse Mountain.
We will continue to Custer State Park where we will tour the Park on the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. Located in the Black Hills, Custer State Park’s residents include bison, pronghorn sheep, elk and numerous other animals. Keep your camera ready for incredible photo opportunities! There are a variety of dinner options nearby.
Day 9: Deadwood and Black Hills Central Railroad
This morning we’ll travel to Hill City where we’ll ride the Black Hills Central Railroad. This 1880 steam train takes you past some of the Black Hills most amazing scenery. The narrated tour is about an hour long and travels near Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore. The train ride terminates in Keystone where we will go to the Gutzen Borglum Museum and Mt. Rushmore. Here you will learn about the man who made one of the country’s most famous monuments, the incredible Mount Rushmore.
We will have time for an “on-your-own” lunch. This afternoon we will travel to Deadwood where we will visit the legendary Wild West. You will see Main Street and a historic restored street.
Dinner is included this evening at the Silverado Grand Buffet.
Following dinner we will return to our hotel.
Meal(s): B & D
Day 10: En Route to Denver
Today we will travel from Rapid City to Denver. An “on-your-own” lunch stop will be made. Dinner is included before boarding the California Zephyr at 7:10 p.m.
(Meal)s: B & D
Day 11: En Route to Chicago
Last night, we passed through Nebraska and into Iowa. Enjoy an included piping-hot breakfast and lunch in the dining car as we pass through the plains of Iowa and Illinois. We are scheduled to arrive at Chicago’s Union Station at 2:50 p.m. this 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
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- Jackson Hole
- Grand Teton Range
- Yellowstone National Park
- Black Hills
- Mt. Rushmore
- Custer State Park
- No mountain range is more impressive than the Grand Tetons.
- Incredible Yellowstone National Park is a two-million acre natural “Jewel.” We’ll view the lower falls and many geysers including Old Faithful. Two full days have been devoted to Yellowstone.
- The Buffalo Bill Historic Center provides the chance to see what life was like on the frontier and includes five museums in one location.
- Some famous historic sites included in your tour are Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Monument and the infamous Deadwood.
- In Custer State Park you’ll have the chance to see buffalo and other wildlife among the rolling prairie.
- Enjoy a ride on the Black Hills Central Railroad, an 1880 steam train.
- 2260 miles of comfortable scenic travel on Amtrak’s California Zephyr.
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak and deluxe motorcoach.
- Reclining coach seat with leg rest on Amtrak for two nights.
- First-class hotel accommodations for eight nights.
- 21 meals.
- Admission included for all sightseeing tours and attractions.
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
- Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.
$3,195 - 11 Days
Upgrades: Roomette + $495
Bedroom + $1,145
Upgrade: Roomette + $990
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