Westward Bound Tour by Train

13 nights

The breathtaking scenery of the American West awaits with this magical Amtrak tour.

The natural beauty of Yosemite and the Grand Canyon will astound, while the manmade sights of San Francisco and Las Vegas will live equally long in the memory. This is a wonderful tour that hits some of America’s most stunning locations, however, if you wish to add pre or post-date stays, Frontier America can help with your booking.

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The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

Day 1


Meet your tour manager and fellow passengers at Chicago’s historic Union station to prepare for your afternoon departure aboard the Southwest Chief.

You will spend tonight onboard the train.


Day 2

Chicago to Flagstaff

Today you will pass through seven states on your way to Flagstaff, Arizona. You will be able to view the spectacular landscape through huge windows. When you arrive in the evening and transfer to the Doubletree hotel.
You will spend two nights in Flagstaff.

Day 3

Grand Canyon

Today you will view one of the natural wonders of the world, the stunning Grand Canyon. A deluxe motor coach will escort you the canyon where you will be able to take in the sights accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. As well as the Canyon you will also take in the Colorado River, the Painted Desert and Kaibab National Forest.

Day 4

Flagstaff to Las Vegas

Board your deluxe motor coach once again for a 250-mile  journey to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. You will arrive in the afternoon at your hotel, the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino on the strip. Enjoy the evening by yourself, with no shortage of entertainment options the choice really is down to you. Take in a world-renowned show, dine with a Michelin Starred chef or hit the tables and try to win big.
Two nights in Las Vegas.

Day 5

Las Vegas

Join us this morning for a tour of three spectacular Las Vegas hotels before having the afternoon at your leisure to shop, relax by the hotel or continue your sightseeing. In the evening, head “downtown” to the original Las Vegas to view the Fremont Street Experience. 

Day 6

Las Vegas to Merced

Depart from Las Vegas aboard your motor coach in the direction of Bakersfield just in time to catch the double-decker San Joaquin train to Merced, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Transfer to the Courtyard Marriott and enjoy dinner at the Branding Iron.

Overnight in Merced.

Day 7

Yosemite National Park

After enjoying breakfast in your hotel and boarding your motor coach you will head off into the spectacular Yosemite National Park for a day you will never forget. See the sights including El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls and the half dome. In the afternoon you will take a two-hour narrated sightseeing tour that will allow your Yosemite experience to come alive before you head on to Sacramento and the Holiday Inn.

Two nights in Sacramento.

Day 8


Take the day to explore one of Sacramento’s many attractions. Relieve the God Rush in the historic old town or shop at the cities mega mall. You may also wish to visit the California State Railroad Museum or the State Capitol Building.

Day 9

Sacramento to San Franscisco

This morning you will head to one of the most famous cities in the world, San Francisco. The City by the Bay will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip. To make sure you make the most of it you will take a 3 ½ hour sightseeing tour this afternoon taking in sights including Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Jackson Square and Golden Gate Park. You will finish in Fisherman’s Wharf where you will stay for the next 2 nights at the Holiday Inn. Enjoy dinner at one of the wharf’s excellent seafood restaurants.

Two nights in San Francisco.

Day 10

Muir Woods

Today you will cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Muir Woods and its unbelievable 800 year old, 250 foot redwood trees. Before returning to the city you will stop at the beautiful village of Sausalito on the water.

Day 11

San Francisco to Elko

This morning you will depart early and spend most of the day aboard the California Zephyr and its comfortable reclining coach seats, with lunch and dinner available in the dining car. Whizzing by will be the stunning lush green California landscape before entering the rugged terrain of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Overnight at the Red Lion in Elko.

Day 12

Elko to Price (via Salt Lake City)

After breakfast you will board the motor coach to head toward Price, Utah. On the way you will stop in the state capitol, Salt Lake City for a guided sightseeing tour. You will see the Mormon Temple, Fort Douglas, Tabernacle and Trolley Square.

Arrive early evening in Price, where you will spend one night.

Day 13

Elko to Helper

Today you will board the California Zephyr for the final leg of your tour, although you will spend all of the day on the train, you will not be short of things to see. You will make your way toward Denver and you will climb through the stunning Colorado Rockies before, literally, going under the Continental Divide.

You will spend tonight aboard the train.

Day 14

Helper to Chicago

The California Zephyr will roll across the Iowa plains and into Chicago this afternoon and from here you can head home or book an onward journey with Frontier America. Post night stays in Chicago are strongly recommended to prevent missed connections. 

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The View

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Included in this Amtrak tour –

  • Roundtrip rail transportation on Amtrak (2 nights on train)
  • Hotel accommodations for 11 nights including a 2-night stay in Fisherman's Wharf and 2-nights on the Las Vegas Strip
  • 21 meals
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Muir Woods
  • San Francisco City Tour
  • Salt Lake City Tour
  • Transportation by deluxe motor coach
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Baggage handling


TIP: Post-night stays in Chicago are strongly recommended to prevent missed connections.



Amtrak accommodations are available in a range of different classes. When travelling in Roomette or Bedroom class, all meals aboard the train are included.

Coach - includes a reclining seat with a leg rest.

Roomette - A private cabin with two comfortable seats that convert to an upper and lower berth at night.

Bedroom - A private cabin with a sofa and a chair that convert to an upper and lower berth at night, also included are a sink, and a self-enclosed toilet and shower. 


Ask Frontier America to secure your chosen accommodation, and ask us about room types for the listed hotels.


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