Train to America’s National Parks
The immense expanses of the United States include some of the world’s most beautiful places; the National Parks. These huge areas of land serve to protect both the spectacular landscapes and the thousands of different species of flora and fauna that therein live. There are nearly sixty national parks in the US. From the warm and humid south-east, home of alligators and pelicans to the dry windswept deserts of the west where erosion over the millennia has carved the sandstone into extraordinary cliffs, rock formations and plunging canyons.
Some of these parks are accessible by an iconic Amtrak train; the Empire Builder will take you from Chicago to Seattle via Glacier National Park in Montana or the Southwest Chief, from Los Angeles to Chicago, will allow you to spend a couple of days viewing the wonders of the Grand Canyon. Others are more easily accessible by car or coach. Names like Yellowstone and Yosemite, neither of which needs an adjective to heighten their allure, fall into this category. These are easily reached with one of our National Parks escorted tours, locally hosted excursions, or booking a rail-drive holiday and will exceed the wildest dreams of every sightseer.
Rail Holidays to America's National Parks
Great Parks of the Southwest featuring the Grand Canyon 11 days from £1713
Discover the scenic southwestern U.S. on this 11-day rail tour through Canyon Country.
Departs from May 2017 to September 2018.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by Rail 9 days from £1623
Visit Albuquerque’s 46th annual International Balloon Fiesta and watch as hundreds of hot air balloons are launched into New Mexico’s sky. Additional highlights include visits to Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks, a journey aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and a tour of historic Santa Fe.
Departs from September 2016 to September 2017.
The only thing more appealing than a train holiday through the Rocky and Sierra Mountains is one that includes a visit to the waterfalls and Giant Sequoia groves of Yosemite National Park.
Departs from April 2017 to October 2018.