Coast to Coast Tour by Train

13 nights

Ride the rails with Amtrak as you go coast to coast on this all-encompassing tour that will take you to some of America’s most treasured landmarks.

Visit the world famous Grand Canyon deep in the heartlands of Arizona, while also visiting four of the country’s biggest cities. Gawp at the Manhattan skyline, rub shoulders with the powerful on Capitol Hill, grab a slice of deep dish in Chicago and soak up the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.

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

New York City

Arrive in New York City and transfer on your own to your hotel, the elegant boutique Affinia in Manhattan. Then take the remainder of the day to enjoy the Big Apple at your leisure! Visit the world famous Times Square, take in a Broadway show or enjoy one of the city’s fantastic eateries.

2 nights in New York City.

Day 2

New York City

Today you will board a double-decker sightseeing bus for a breathtaking tour of the city. You will be able hop on and off at your pleasure at over 30 different stops including Central Park, Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Day 3

New York City to Washington, DC

This morning you will get your first taste of Amtrak with a 10:35 departure from the bustling Penn Station. Your destination? The nation’s capital, Washington, DC. When you arrive you will make your way to the Holiday Inn Capitol at the Smithsonian that will be your hotel for the next two nights. Take the remainder of the afternoon to explore this unique city.

2 nights in Washington, DC

Day 4

Washington, DC

Today you will take a guided sightseeing tour of DC’s top attractions, and learn about the history of this magnificent city. The highlight of the day will be a boat cruise along the Potomac River.

Day 5

Washington, DC to Chicago

Capitol Limited to Chicago
Most of today will be free for you to continue your sightseeing around DC. You could explore Georgetown, head to Capitol Hill to see where some of the world’s most powerful politicians do business or head to the White House, the historic home of the President of the United States. Then make your way to Union Station to board Amtrak’s Capitol Limited for your overnight journey to Chicago. Enjoy the passing scenery of Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio as you settle into your accommodation for the evening.
You will spend tonight on the train.

Day 6


You will arrive early into Chicago before you transfer to your hotel, the Palmer House Hilton. From here you can hit the town for a full day of sightseeing. There is a hop on/hop off trolley tour that will take you the city’s most popular attractions including Millennium Park, Willis Tower and the Art Institute.

Two nights in Chicago.

Day 7


Today you will have a full day to explore the Windy City at your leisure. The city has many amazing museums, or alteratively you could spend some of your pocket money at some of the fine shops along the Magnificent Mile. Or visit the Lincoln Park Zoo in the heart of the city, followed by a stroll along the lakefront.

Day 8

Chicago to Williams

With no need to rush this morning you could finish your sightseeing or souvenir shopping before heading the historic Union Station to board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. You will head west to Williams during the afternoon.

You will spend tonight on the train.

Day 9


As you leave the Midwest behind, the scenery will change to colourful desert. The train will arrive into Williams Junction late into the evening and you will transfer to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in nearby Williams, where you will spend the night.

One night in Williams.

Day 10

Williams to Grand Canyon

Today you will make your journey to Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon and you will do it in style aboard the vintage Grand Canyon Railway! Once you arrive you will embark on a narrated Freedom Tour. Before moving on to the Maswik Lodge where you will spend the night.

One night at the Grand Canyon.

Day 11

Grand Canyon to Williams

You will have most of the day today to explore either the historic Grand Canyon Village or go back to the canyon itself. Come the afternoon you will transfer back to Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway before enjoying a delicious dinner at the Grand Depot Café. As evening draws in you will board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to take you on the final leg of your journey toward Los Angeles.

You will spend tonight on the train.

Day 12

Williams to Los Angeles

This morning you will arrive early in Los Angeles before you transfer to the Millennium Biltmore in downtown LA. You will then have the rest of the day to explore the city at your leisure. See the Santa Monica Pier, shop on Rodeo Drive or visit the Getty Museum. The possibilities really are endless in this magnificent, modern metropolis.

Two nights in Los Angeles.

Day 13

Los Angeles

Today you can revel in the magic of the world famous Universal Studios with amusement rides and behind-the-scenes tours. You will receive an attraction pass which will give you priority boarding for all attractions, as well as special behind-the-scenes tours and reserved seating at all shows.

Day 14

Los Angeles

You trip comes to an end today so you can either transfer back to an airport or railway station for your return trip home, or speak to Frontier America about extending your trip.

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The View

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Included in this Amtrak tour -

  • Transportation aboard Amtrak (3 nights on train) Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
  • Select meals (including meals onboard train when upgrading to a roomette or bedroom)
  • Hop On/Hop Off double-decker bus tour in New York City
  • DC sightseeing excursion
  • Chicago Hop On/Hop Off trolley tour
  • Roundtrip travel aboard the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
  • Universal Studios attraction pass



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. 


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