USA Coast to Coast
Travel from New York to San Francisco exploring all the highlights along the way, including Manhattan, the White House, Chicago, the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood and San Francisco.
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scheduled flights London to New York and San Francisco to London
- Rail and coach travel as described
- 15 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
- 3 overnight train journeys in two-berth roomette (meals included)
- 1 night aboard the historic liner, RMS Queen Mary (2019 itinerary only)
- Guided city tours in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco
- Manhattan harbour cruise
- Time to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
- Transfers in USA, flight taxes and charges
- Services of your Tour Manager
Day 1 - London to New York
We leave London and fly to New York, where we spend two nights at the luxurious Parker Hotel, only 3 blocks from the city's iconic Central Park. A contemporary hotel with an elegant feel, the Parker Hotel boasts a superb location, within easy reach of incredible attractions including Carnegie Hall, the Theater District and 5th Avenue. The hotel features two on-site restaurants, a hair salon (payable locally), a well-equipped gym and an indoor pool.
Day 2 - Sightseeing in New York
Today we take a guided tour of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers. Later we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbour, spotting landmarks from our unique vantage point on the water including Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty.
Days 3 & 4 - Washington DC
On Day 3 you take the train south to Washington, the nation's capital, where you spend two nights at the Fairfax Embassy Row, located in the Dupont Circle district. This afternoon you begin a guided tour of this elegant city, passing many of the famous landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon. Day 4 is free to explore Washington at leisure. Why not visit the world's largest art, science and history museum complex - the fantastic Smithsonian? There are many other terrific places to visit, including Arlington Cemetery and lively Adams Morgan and many other sights.
Day 5 - To the Mid-West
You leave Washington late-afternoon on the Capitol Limited. The Capitol Limited service runs daily between Washington DC and Chicago, following the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley. Our overnight journey takes us past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh, before crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland, across Indiana and eventually into the centre of Chicago. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of the Sightseer Lounge before moving to the dining car to enjoy dinner - included as part of the journey.
Days 6-8 - Overnight to Chicago and the Great Plains
We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board the Capitol Limited. Here we spend the next two nights at the Cambria Hotel, located within walking distance of Navy Pier, the shops of the Magnificent Mile and the lake. On arrival in Chicago, we board a coach at the station for a city tour that revisits the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and '30s. We take in the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre as well as Al Capone's headquarters, and some of the city's less infamous landmarks.
Your afternoon, and Day 7, is free to explore Chicago. The Willis Tower - Chicago's equivalent of the Empire State Building - is a must-see and offers superb panoramas over the city, the lake and the landscapes beyond. The nearby Hancock Centre boasts similarly terrific views. Alternatively, you could venture down to Lake Michigan and enjoy a harbour cruise.
After a free morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver, which takes us across the cornfields and plains of Iowa and Nebraska. The Zephyr has a Sightseer Lounge and dinner is served in the train's dining car in the evening.
Days 9 & 10 - Denver & Rocky Mountain Park
You arrive in Denver (nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is at an altitude of exactly one mile above sea level) early this morning, with breakfast served in the dining car. After out guided orientation drive on arrival, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore. Our home in Denver is the Modern Magnolia Hotel. On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Renowned worldwide for their breathtaking scenery abundant in turquoise rivers, lush forests, majestic mountain vistas and wildlife including elk, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks, these parks are the jewel in Colorado's crown.
Days 11 & 12 - Heritage American rail
Today we embark on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys along the route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Our journey takes us up into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines to the city of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's wine region, where we enjoy an overnight stay.
On Day 12, we transfer to Silverton, for a journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, travelling through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango, where we spend the night at the DoubleTree Durango.
Days 13 & 14 - Monument Valley and Flagstaff
Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Utah's Monument Valley is one of America's defining images, which we discover today as we pass through en-route to Flagstaff. Day 14 is free to explore.
Day 15 - Grand Canyon
Today you head along the legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams to join the Grand Canyon Railway. You travel in carriages, hauled by historic locomotives, to the Grand Canyon to see one of the world's most awe inspiring sights. The canyon, created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is 277 miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. You arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon. This evening we join the Southwest Chief for the journey to Los Angeles.
Days 16 & 17 - Los Angeles the Coast Starlight
We spend this morning in Hollywood. We then travel to Long Beach for one night on board RMS Queen Mary. (RMS Queen Mary for 2019 only.) On Day 17 we join Amtrak's Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the Pacific coast to San Francisco.
Day 18 - San Francisco
We begin our explorations with a guided tour that includes the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to a much-loved population of sea lions. Your afternoon is free to explore further.
Days 19 & 20 - The journey home
You transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London, arriving mid-morning on Day 20.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Cambria Hotel, Chicago
Located on Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' is our hotel, the 4-Star Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. This hotel is close to many of Chicago's attractions, including Lake Shore Park, as well as near to many restaurants and bars. Available at this lovely hotel include a lounge on the rooftop, which offers lovely views over the Chicago skyline, two restaurants, and a fitness centre. The rooms are decorated in neutral tones, and come with amenities that include a coffee-maker, a television, an iron, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Magnolia Hotel, Denver
Remarkably tasteful, with a rather impressive art-deco façade of white, the 3-Star Magnolia in Denver is an excellent base from which to explore this charming American town. The interiors are modern, and feature all the expected facilities in a contemporary hotel. Amenities here include a well-stocked bar with local beers, a fitness centre and a marvellous ballroom. The rooms are well-appointed and well-furnished, boasting complimentary WiFi, a television and tea & coffee making facilities.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Durango
The DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel in Durango overlooks the scenic Animas River and is within walking distance of the town's shops and restaurants. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness centre and a restaurant and lounge. Rooms feature a television, air conditioning and hairdryer.
Little America Hotel, Flagstaff
The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff stands in 500 acres of ponderosa pine forests at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks and offers a perfect base from which to explore the natural wonders of Northern Arizona. The hotel benefits from a full-service restaurant and a lounge bar. Leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym, a heated outdoor swimming pool (open seasonally) and a hot tub, plus a selection of sports and activities are available on request. The Little America Hotel also has a gift shop selling a wide selection of clothing, books, jewellery, art work and souvenirs. The well-appointed rooms at the Little America Hotel are situated in four two-storey lodges within the grounds. Each room is both comfortable and spacious, featuring two queen-sized beds and a sitting area. Facilities within the room include two telephones, a flat screen television, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a safe. Overnight laundry and dry cleaning services are available at this hotel, as well as a coin-operated laundry
Hampton Inn, Grand Junction
Situated on historic Main Street in downtown Grand Junction, the hotel enjoys a prime location within easy walking distance of 150 shops, restaurants, museum and theatres. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with television, hairdryer and coffee maker.
Le Parker Meridien, New York
Located a short walk away from the famous Central Park, and close to iconic Broadway, is our hotel, the 4-Star Le Parker Meridien. This lovely hotel is surrounded by a plethora of trendy bars and restaurants, and is within reach of many of New York's finest attractions. There are 3 restaurants in the hotel, including a hidden burger restaurant, a breakfast bar, an elegant bar set inside an old church, and an Indian restaurant. On top of these fine eateries, there are also many leisure facilities, including a spa, a fitness centre, and a swimming pool, situated at the top of the building with stunning views over Central Park. The rooms are decorated in bright, neutral colours, and come with a hair-dryer, a television, climate control, a mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Westin St Francis, San Francisco
This stylish hotel is a San Francisco institution, having stood for over a century just a short walk from the city's downtown district, packed with wonderful sights and sounds. All en-suite rooms are a charming blend of modern amenities and early 20 th century elegance. The hotel boasts a fabulous steakhouse, a buffet restaurant, a gourmet cocktail bar, café, fitness studio and a beauty and wellness centre. Rooms come equipped with standard facilities and also include a flat-screen TV and access to high-speed Internet.
Fairfax Embassy Row, Washington
Our base in Washington is the 4-Star Fairfax at Embassy Row, situated close to many of Washington's most famous landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial and the White House, the home of the President of the United States. This establishment contains a breakfast room, and a restaurant, serving local cuisine, which has been a meeting point for the rich and famous since the 1920's. The rooms are classic and elegant, retaining much of its original charm, and all rooms come with a television, an in-room safe, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
RMS Queen Mary
The RMS Queen Mary, the former Cunard ocean liner and Second World War troop ship, provides a unique base from which to explore Los Angeles from her moorings in Long Beach. The ship offers numerous on-board restaurants, bars and cafes serving a wide range of cuisine from family-friendly American cuisine to fine dining, Starbucks coffee and pastries to an authentic British afternoon tea. There is a fully-equipped gym open 24 hours a day and a spa offering a range of beauty treatments and therapies (payable locally), plus a selection of on-board boutiques and shops, selling gifts and souvenirs, couture clothing, ocean liner memorabilia and day to day essentials. Much - but not all - of the accommodation on board is in the original First Class Staterooms. All Staterooms are individually decorated with a blend of tradition and old-world elegance and the best in modern amenities, and come with an LCD flat screen satellite television, a hairdryer and WiFi internet access. A mini fridge is available upon request and a laundry service is available.
The Capitol Limited takes us 764 miles (1,230km) from Washington, DC to Chicago. We begin at Washington's beautifully restored Union Station and as you leave the city you catch glimpses of landmarks such as the blue and gold dome of the largest Catholic cathedral in the US. The train soon enters the state of Maryland and you begin our climb through the Appalachians, which offers us wonderful views of the Allegheny Mountains along the way.
The California Zephyr runs from Chicago in the east to Emeryville, California in the west. During our overnight sleeper journey on the California Zephyr as part of our USA Coast to Coast holiday, you travel on just a section of this route - from Chicago to the 'mile high' city of Denver, a 17 hour 1,038 mile (1670 km) trip.
The Southwest Chief stretches 2,256 miles (3,631km) from Chicago to Los Angeles, taking passengers on a historic route well-trodden by American Indians, Spanish conquistadors and fur trappers.
The Coast Starlight runs on the 1,390-mile (2,237km) route from Los Angeles to Seattle, taking its passengers along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, through lush, green valleys and impressive mountain ranges. On our USA Coast to Coast holiday you travel just a short section of this journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Trek across the dramatic peaks and deep ravines of the Rocky Mountains to Grand Junction, in the heart of the Colorado wine region. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad allows us to step back into the heyday of the American West and explore one of the most imposing and inspiring landscapes on the planet.
The Durango & Silverton Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1882 - now 131 years ago. It still operates steam engines and vintage rolling stock, and, perhaps most impressively, they are all indigenous to the line. The locomotives in use today made their first appearance there between 1923 and 1925. The line climbs from Durango into the San Juan Mountains at Silverton, on a journey lasting 3 ½ hours. This allows plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Grand Canyon Railway Vintage diesel locomotives and classic coaches have been painstakingly restored to their original condition on the Grand Canyon Railway. Occasionally steam engines do run, but to limit the effects on the environment they are powered on vegetable oil! The route starts at the south end at the historic Williams Depot, built in 1908. Trains run north through the state of Arizona and terminate at the Grand Canyon Depot, which was finished in 1910. As well as the fascinating scenery, during your rail journey you can also enjoy musicians performing numbers from the early 20th century, and actors performing a staged shoot-out. There are also attendants on board, happy to answer any questions you may have.
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|20th June 2019||£4,695||Book Now|
|1st August 2019||£4,795||Book Now|
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: Departs 20th June 2019 (£4,695), 1st August 2019 (£4,795), 5th September 2019 (£4,595), 12th September 2019 (£4,595), 19th September 2019 (£4,495), 3rd October 2019 (£3,995), 16th April 2020 (£4,395), 7th May 2020 (£4,495), 28th May 2020 (£4,695), 18th June 2020 (£4,695), 30th July 2020 (£4,795), 3rd September 2020 (£4,795), 17th September 2020 (£4,695), 1st October 2020 (£4,395)
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**Please note the RMS Queen Mary on Day 16 is not included in the 2020 itinerary.
Valid passport and proper documentation is required for this trip.
Selected porterage is included throughout the USA Coast to Coast holiday. At railway stations the famous 'Redcaps' will take your luggage from the coach to the train prior to departure. They will also take your luggage from the train to the coach on arrival at your destination. At hotels, 'bellhops' will ensure your luggage is taken from the coach to your room on arrival, and from your room to the coach on departure. There may be certain exceptions, for example putting your luggage in the overhead racks from New York to Washington, where you would need to perform these services yourself.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Itinerary and accommodations may vary for 2020 departures, please speak with a rail specialist for details.
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