12-Nights Grand National Parks Discovery on the California Zephyr
Experience the true grandeur of America’s national parks on this 13-day rail holiday to Rocky Mountain, Arches and Canyonlands, Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite National Parks! Of course, you’ll also be stopping in some iconic cities along the way, such as Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco, and riding aboard the famous California Zephyr train! All of these places should be on your travel bucket list! Why? Because North America’s national parks are priceless treasures filled with unforgettable adventures and scenery. By the time you wrap up this rail journey, you’re bound to have collected many memories and photographs.
12 nights from $3849 per person
Supplier: Amtrak Vacations
Blessed with a viable fog-cooled and sun-kissed climate and a dramatic landscape, the San Francisco Bay Area is a visual feast where neither water nor hills are ever too far away. Add to this the cultural medley: Within every neighborhood, from Santa Cruz to Oakland to Mill Valley, a diversity of tastes and interest is thriving. See it in the cuisine, the bookstores, the arts, and the recreational opportunities. To embrace all San Francisco has to offer get out and explore. Walk the streets, drive across the Bay Bridge, go south down the peninsula to Silicon Valley and cruise along the San Mateo coast. Find great sights, museums, art, culture, and family fun attractions. There is a plethora of attractions and activities to satisfy the desires of every one who visits.
Denver is not only the perfect gateway to the Rocky Mountains and the American West - it is also a major tourism destination, filled with world-class attractions, excellent accommodations, over 2,000 restaurants and the finest shopping in the region. Just a few of its new projects include: Coors Field, Prehistoric Journey, and Six Flags, just to name a few. Denver has amusement parks, sightseeing, fine dining, AAA basketball, museums, and that is not all. Nighttime entertainment includes: music and dance clubs with music ranging from smooth sounding jazz to lively disco, comedy clubs, concerts, theater, opera, symphony and movies. Even with all there is to do, virtually no one comes to Denver without visiting the Colorado Ocean Journey.
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City's family oriented culture makes it a perfect getaway destination. The city offers a variety of attractions, amusement centers, and unique attractions & activities to please children of all ages. Salt Lake is also recognized as one of the best ski areas in the United States with ten major ski resorts, seven cross country areas, and the nation's only recreational ski jumping complex, all with one hour of downtown Salt Lake. It's an ideal place for a memorable winter vacation. Delight in animal antics and winged wonders. Glide round an outdoor skating rink downtown. Travel back in time at an authentic pioneer village or trace family roots amid the world's largest collections of genealogical data. Experience a multimedia star show. Dig up facts about dinosaurs, history, or mining.
Capitol Reef National Park
The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique historical and cultural history found in the area.
Bryce Canyon National Park
At Bryce Canyon National Park, erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles, and mazes. Collectively called "hoodoos," these colorful and whimsical formations stand in horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters along the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in Southern Utah.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands preserves an immense wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Water and gravity have been the prime architects of this land, cutting flat layers of sedimentary rock into hundreds of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches and spires. At center stage are two great canyons, those carved by the Green and Colorado rivers. Surrounding the rivers are vast and very different regions of the park: to the north, Island in the Sky; to the west, the Maze; and to the east, the Needles. The areas share a common primitive spirit and wild desert atmosphere. Each also offers its own special rewards. Few people were familiar with these remote lands and rivers when the park was established in 1964. To a large degree, Canyonlands remains untrammeled today. Its roads are mostly unpaved, its trails primitive, its rivers free-flowing. Throughout its 527 square miles roam animals native to this land. Canyonlands is wild America.
Zion National Park
Zion is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces. This unique geography and the variety of life zones within the park make Zion significant as a place of unusual plant and animal diversity.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things.
Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.
Grand Junction, Colorado takes you beyond the ski resorts of the Rocky Mountains into the mystery and majesty of the Grand Valley. Perfect for a Colorado family vacation or an adventure with friends, we offer a wide variety of lodging and activities for every budget. An inspirational walk or ride through the Colorado National Monument is a must. Quiet moments abound in the city's restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums. Colorado's Wine Country is here and hiking doesn't get any better than this. Bicycle enthusiasts will find plenty of trails to get the wheels turning.
Arches National Park
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West Yellowstone, MT
West Yellowstone is a small community located in Montana. It is a historic gateway community to Yellowstone National Park, existing since the early 1900s. Enjoy epic fishing, snowmobiling, spectacular ski trails, historic town buildings and a friendly atmosphere that will make you feel at home.
Valid Travel Dates
- One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Denver to Grand Junction; Grand Junction to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco on California Zephyr®
- 11 nights hotel accommodations
- 1 meal included (1 dinner)
- Roundtrip transfers from Grand Junction to Springdale
- Roundtrip transfers from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone
- Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
- Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
- Sightseeing tour of Zion National Park
- Sightseeing tour of Capitol Reef & Bryce Canyon National Parks
- Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
- Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
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