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Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018

  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago

Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic 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. The Zephyr features double-decker Superliner equipment.  Relax in your comfortable private Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost.

After settling in, you may want to go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car to view the scenery. All meals on the train are included beginning with dinner tonight.

Meal(s):  D

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 scenery that will unfold before you.

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 6.2-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.

Throughout the day the train will wind around sharp mountain curves and through numerous tunnels.

We’ll arrive in Salt Lake City around 11:05 p.m. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to the DoubleTree Suites, our attractive hotel for the next two nights.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 3: Salt Lake City

Following an included hot breakfast buffet, we’ll set out on a sightseeing tour of Salt Lake City. Our local host takes us to a series of major attractions. You’ll see the Mormon Temple and Tabernacle, Brigham Young’s Monument and private burial ground, Beehive House, Lion House, Eagle Gate, University of Utah, Fort Douglas and Trolley Square. You’ll also visit Utah Olympic Park and Tracy Aviary. An “on-your-own” lunch stop will be made.

We’ll return to our hotel in Salt Lake City. Tonight we will enjoy an included welcome dinner.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 4: Salt Lake City / Trail Center / Jackson Hole

Breakfast is included in our hotel this morning. Our day will begin with a live broadcast by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Following the broadcast, we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel into Wyoming, passing through farming and range lands.

At the National Oregon/California Trail Center, we’ll learn about this historic pioneer route and what life was like traveling by wagon train! Lunch today is included.

We continue to the ranching and resort center of Jackson, Wyoming. Our home for the night is The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole.

Heal(s):  B & L

Day 5: Grand Teton Range

Following an included Deluxe Breakfast buffet this morning, we’ll board our motorcoach for Yellowstone.

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. At the Colter Bay Visitor Center we view Plains Indian art and exhibits and learn more about Grand Teton National Park.

We’ll continue to beautiful West Yellowstone where we’ll check into the Yellowstone West Gate Hotel, our home for the next two nights. Dinner tonight is included at Madison Crossing.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 6: Yellowstone

Following an included Continental breakfast in our hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach and visit Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park 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.

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.

We will return to our hotel for the evening. Dinner is included tonight.

Meal(s):  CB, L & D

Day 7: En Route

Following an included Continental breakfast we will board our deluxe motorcoach for Salt Lake City. An “on-your-own” lunch stop will be made en route.

Dinner will be included in Salt Lake City.

We’ll board the westbound California Zephyr for Sacramento, scheduled to depart at 11:30 p.m. Relax in your private Superliner sleeping accommodations.

Meal(s):  CB & D

Day 8: En Route / Merced

Enjoy a full-course dining car breakfast and lunch. This morning we’ll begin our scenic ascent of the Donner Pass. From rugged terrain and pine trees to lush greenery and palm trees . . . this landscape contrast will occur in just three hours. Our arrival in California’s capitol city, Sacramento, is scheduled for 2:13 p.m. We will depart at 5:10 p.m. on a San Joaquins train, arrival into Merced is scheduled for 7:19 p.m. A boxed dinner will be provided.

Upon arrival, we’ll board a deluxe motorcoach and transfer to the Hampton Inn Merced, our hotel for the next two nights.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 9: Yosemite

Today will be one of the most memorable days of your life. This morning we will board our motorcoach for the 82-mile journey into Yosemite National Park. El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome are some of the most popular attractions. This afternoon we’ll take a two-hour narrated sightseeing tour into the park.

Following our tour we will enjoy an included dinner at the Branding Iron Restaurant.
We will return to the Hampton Inn Merced for our second night.

Meal(s):  CB & D

Day 10: En Route

Following an included Continental breakfast we’ll transfer to the Merced Amtrak Station. We’ll board a San Joaquins train at 10:37 a.m. Arrival into Bakersfield is scheduled for 1:49 p.m.

Upon arrival into Bakersfield we will board an Amtrak Thruway Bus at 1:55 p.m. We are scheduled to arrive into Los Angeles at 4:15 p.m.

We’ll board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief for the 6:10 p.m. departure for Chicago. You’ll again enjoy private-room sleeping accommodations, and other amenities experienced on your westbound train. Count on a full-course dining car dinner upon departure.

Meal(s):  CB & D

Day 11: En Route

You’ll want to take advantage of the fascinating scenery of Arizona and New Mexico we will pass by during the day. The Sightseer Lounge is the best vantage point.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 12: En Route to Chicago

The Southwest Chief is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 3:15 p.m. Some members will change to trains bound for Midwest, Eastern and Southern home cities. Others will stay overnight and fly home tomorrow.

Meal(s):  B & L

12 Days - Thurs. July 19 to Mon., July 30, 2018

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  • Salt Lake City
  • Jackson Hole
  • Grand Tetons
  • Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks
  • Colorado Rockies

Tour Highlights

  • Spend a day viewing the spectacular scenery of the Colorado Rockies between Denver and Grand Junction as our train eases between towering mountains.
  • In Salt Lake City we’ll discover major attractions such as the Mormon Temple, Winter Olympic sites and several gardens. Attend a live radio broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • No mountain range is more impressive than the Grand Teton Range. Peaks rise abruptly with no foothills.
  • Yellowstone National Park is a two-million acre natural “jewel.”
  • Yosemite National Park is one of America’s most popular destinations. You’ll see all of its awesome natural wonders.
  • Travel first-class for 4600 miles on the California Zephyr, Chicago to Salt Lake City and Los Angeles to Chicago on the Southwest Chief.

Tour Package

  • Round trip transportation by rail and deluxe motorcoach.
  • Private Roomette sleeping accommodations on the train for four nights.
  • First-class hotel accommodations for seven nights.
  • 27 meals.
  • Sightseeing tours and admission to all included attractions.
  • Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
  • Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.

Tour Pricing

$3,595 - 12 Days
Upgrade: Bedroom + $995

Single $4,995

FLY OPTION - Fly to Salt Lake City, return from Los Angeles. 9 Days
Price: $2,595
Single: $3,295

America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Airfare not included in above price.

All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.

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  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
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  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018
  • Yellowstone / Yosemite Summer Magic - 2018

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