Day 1: Depart Chicago
All Yellowstone / Glacier Discovery Tour tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station at 12:30 p.m. At 1:15 they’ll prepare to board the famous California Zephyr. Departure is at 2:00.
You will be riding on Superliner equipment. Relax in your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Amtrak Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional charge. 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 meals on the trains are included. Enjoy a full-course dinner in the diner tonight.
Day 2: En Route
When you awaken this morning you may look out your window toward the West and thrill to 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 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 five-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 streams winding through valleys far below.
Our arrival into Glenwood Springs is scheduled for 1:53 p.m. We’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel north to Craig, Colorado, where we’ll spend the night at the Hampton Inn & Suites.
Meal(s): B & L
Day 3: En Route
This morning we’ll enjoy a 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 Best Western Lodge at Jackson Hole.
Tonight our group will travel a few miles outside the city for a chuck wagon dinner. A Western musical group will entertain us.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 4: Grand Teton Range
Enjoy a full breakfast in your hotel this morning before boarding our motorcoach. 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 at the Jackson Lake Lodge. 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 three nights at the Best Western Desert Inn, West Yellowstone. There are a variety of evening activities available including the Playbill 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 full 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 an “on-your-own” lunch, we’ll continue on to Artist Point, Inspiration Point, and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. We’ll return to our hotel by late afternoon.
Day 6: Yellowstone
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 a camera ready to capture awesome views. Old Faithful Geyser on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a highlight of the day. We’ll also view the paint-pots, which are bubbling hot springs mixed with clay. We return to our West Yellowstone Hotel for a final night. Dinner is included this evening.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 7: En Route to Glacier National Park
This is a travel day as we continue north by motorcoach to Whitefish, Montana. A number of stops will be made at scenic sites. You’ll thrill to the beauty and vastness of this magnificent state. We’ll arrive in Whitefish late this afternoon.
Our home for the next two nights will be The Pine Lodge.
Day 8: Glacier National Park
We’ll depart on an all-day tour of one of America’s most beautiful attractions. Our group will travel over the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Highway. Acclaimed as one of the outstanding scenic roadways of the world, the drive affords magnificent views of the mountain scenery. Dense forests, picturesque lakes, brilliant flowers and abundant wildlife enhance the awesome views. We’ll stop for a leisurely “on-your-own” lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge and return to our lodge in Whitefish by late afternoon. The Tour Director will host a farewell dinner this evening.
Meal(s): CB & D
Day 9: En Route
We’ll transfer to the Whitefish Amtrak Station in time for the 7:46 a.m. departure of the Empire Builder for Chicago. Settle in and then head for the Sightseer Lounge car. During the day we’ll cross the remote flatlands of eastern Montana and western North Dakota.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 10: En Route to Chicago
Breakfast and lunch on the train are included. We depart from Minneapolis - St. Paul at 7:50 a.m. and head south along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The train winds between the river bank and high bluffs. The Empire Builder is scheduled to arrive in Chicago’s Union Station later this afternoon.
Many of our tour members will conclude their fabulous America by Rail vacation by transferring to other Amtrak trains bound for home cities. Some will spend the night in Chicago and continue home by air tomorrow.
Meal(s): B & L
Fri., July 13 to Sun., July 22
Mon., Aug. 13 to Wed., Aug. 22
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- Jackson Hole
- Grand Tetons
- Yellowstone National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Spend a day viewing the spectacular scenery of the Colorado Rockies between Denver and Glenwood Springs. The train eases between towering mountains for hours.
- 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”. We’ll view the upper and lower falls and many geysers, including Old Faithful.
- Experience magnificent views of Glacier National Park’s mountains, lakes and wildlife as you travel along the Going-to-the-Sun Highway.
- Travel 2800 miles on the California Zephyr, Chicago to Glenwood Springs, and the Empire Builder, Whitefish, Montana, to Chicago.
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak rail and deluxe motorcoach.
- Reclining coach seats with leg rest on the train for two nights.
- First-class hotel accommodations with private bath for seven nights.
- 18 meals.
- Sightseeing at Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks. Admission to all included attractions.
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
- Services of an America by Rail Tour Director.
$2,495 Per person /double occupancy
Economy Class Tour:
Roomette + $545 p.p./d.o.
Bedroom + $1,295 p.p./d.o.
FLY OPTION - Fly into Jackson Hole, WY; return from Kalispell, MT.
Price: $2,225 p.p./d.o.
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