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Trans-American Rail Journey

San Francisco to New York

Trip Code: RJTSUG18
18 Days
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Trip Inclusions

  • 15 nights in premium accommodation
  • Two overnight train journeys in two-berth roomette
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • A guided city tour of San Francisco, visiting Alcatraz Island
  • Admire the scenery as you journey on the San Joaquin route
  • Travel on the incredible Grand Canyon Railway
  • Relax on board the overnight California Zephyr Train
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Central Station

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • All prices include airport transfers and tipping
  • Porterage is not included
  • No meals are included in this tour
  • The overnight train journeys on Amtrak are based on shared bathroom facilities
  • Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed at documentation
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
North America USA map RJTSUG19 2021
San Francisco to New York

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Your rail journey of the USA begins today in San Francisco. Home to cable cars, world-class restaurants and a bustling cultural scene, San Francisco never ceases to amaze newcomers as wells as locals. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Le Meridien, San Francisco


Visit the infamous island of Alcatraz, once a federal penitentiary that housed criminals such as Al Capone.

Enjoy an enthralling discovery of San Francisco. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, said to be the most famous bridge in the world. You will also meet a community of sea lions which lives at the popular Fisherman’s Wharf.


Journey by train on the San Joaquin route through California’s Central Valley, which is bordered by coastal mountain ranges and Yosemite National Park.

At Merced you’ll board a coach to Yosemite National Park itself, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the Valley Floor, taking in views of Half Dome, the 3,000 ft El Capitan and the spectacular Bridalveil Falls. Afterwards, head back to Merced to spend the night.

Stay: Courtyard by Marriott, Merced

View of boardwalk between green grass, USA


Continue the journey on the San Joaquin route southwards today.

Arriving in Bakersfield, you’ll transfer by coach across the Mojave Desert into Las Vegas in the state of Nevada.

Stay: Two Nights, Park MGM Las Vegas

Explore some of the incredible sights and highlights of Las Vegas at leisure today. The monorail is a great way to discover the amazing spectacles of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Absorb the atmosphere and enjoy an extraordinary selection of entertainment choices on your doorstep including the world-famous casinos.

Three tall pine trees standing in the foreground with city skyline across the horizon

Head across Nevada to Arizona, via the towering Hoover Dam. Entering Arizona you’ll drive on the legendary Route 66. Arrive in Flagstaff for a two-night stay amid 500 picturesque acres of ponderosa pine forest.

Stay: Two Nights: Flagstaff, Little America Hotel


Travel in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives on the Grand Canyon Railway to see the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

Created by the Colorado River over a period of six million years, the Grand Canyon is up to 18 miles wide, and one mile deep. Arrive at the South Rim, which is the main viewpoint of the canyon, to take in dramatic vistas.

After breakfast, you’ll feel like you’re in an American Western film as you drive through Navajo country and Utah’s Monument Valley. The region evokes a bygone era, where cowboys herded cattle across the hills and Native Americans performed rituals passed down through generations.

Stay: Durango Holiday Inn & Suites


Board the Durango and Silverton Railroad for a journey across the remote wilderness of the National Forest. Travel through breathtaking canyons and past emerald-green rivers to Silverton.

Enjoy a spectacular rail journey to Grand Junction.

Stay: Grand Junction, Hampton Inn


Today your journey will take you along one of the USA’s most scenic rail routes, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. You will journey high up into the Rocky region, arriving in the city of Denver.

Enjoy another memorable rail journey all the way to Denver today.

Stay: Two Nights, AC Hotel Denver Downtown

Explore Denver at your leisure today. The city boasts a mile-long promenade, which is lined with cafes, shops and a mountain view down every street. It also hosts many nationally recognised museums and has a number of art districts located around town.


Board your overnight train to Chicago.

Enjoy a full day to explore the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Explore Red Rock Amphitheatre and visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. Spend time at the ski resort town of Breckenridge and take in the views as you travel along Loveland Pass at an elevation of 3,655 metres above sea level.

Stay: California Zephyr sleeper train

Arrive in Chicago this afternoon. Here, you’ll disembark with plenty of time to enjoy an evening at leisure, familiarising yourself with the dynamic vibe of this major city.

Stay: AC Hotel Chicago Downtown


Later this evening, you will board the Lake Shore Limited for the overnight journey to Buffalo.

Explore the ‘Windy City’, Chicago on a tour today.

Stay: Lake Shore Limited Sleeper Train

Arrive in Buffalo and transfer to Niagara Falls. You have the opportunity to explore the falls from the water on a river tour (own expense).

Stay: Hyatt Hotel Niagara

View from above of boat near waterfall with rainbow, Canada


Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of New York’s Grand Central Station.

Today, board the Maple Leaf service to New York City for a day-long train journey.

Stay: Two Nights, New York Marriott East Side

Today, enjoy a guided tour and harbour cruise around Manhattan, which takes you past the iconic Statue of Liberty.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.