America’s west is home to some of the country’s greatest national parks, monuments, and lifetime destinations. Travel across the western frontier to Colorado and explore Rocky Mountain towns and the historic trains of the area, or continue west to Salt Lake City, or the cowboy town of Jackson on the edge of Yellowstone. Perhaps visit San Francisco, the City by the Bay, with easy access to Muir Woods and its Giant Sequoia forest and Yosemite National Park, home to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America, as well as Half Dome and El Capitan, the park’s most notable rock formations.
Other celebrated destinations for a western U.S. rail tour can include Glacier National Park for a journey across one of the most famous roadways, the Going-to-the-Sun Road or Yellowstone National Park to see an incredible variety of flora, fauna, waterfalls, deep canyons, hot springs and geysers. Mt. Rushmore showcases the rocky images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and is visited by more than three million people annually; and Seattle, the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, ideally located as a launching point for Alaska cruise holidays and Western Canada rail tours.
Train holidays to the West
Great Parks of the Southwest featuring the Grand Canyon 11 days from £2021
Discover the scenic southwestern U.S. on this 11-day rail tour through Canyon Country.
Departs from May 2018 to September 2019.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by Rail 9 days from £1874
Join visitors from around the world at the 47th annual International Balloon Fiesta, where hundreds of brightly colored hot air balloons are launched into the Albuquerque sky and the whole town is abuzz with excitement and festivities. You’ll also visit the incredible Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks, ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and tour historic Santa Fe.
Departs from September 2018 to September 2019.
California Zephyr with Yosemite National Park - Chicago to San Francisco 8 days from £1245
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 2018 to October 2019.
Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon - Chicago to Los Angeles 6 days from £772
Ride the rails west from Chicago though the American frontier and experience the magnificent Grand Canyon up close and personal.
Departs from January 2018 to December 2019.
Yellowstone & Glacier Adventure Tour 11 days from £2134
Experience Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park over the course of 11 days on this tour, which combines travel aboard iconic trains with escorted sightseeing along the path followed by America's pioneers.
Departs from June 2018 to June 2019.