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Rail Tours - Great American National Parks

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Grand National Parks

Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon

May 2nd through October 12, 2024
13 Days - 8 Destinations
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Wellness Tour, as more people see personal health and safety as a top priority. 

All other terms and conditions of the trip will apply to both Ball Travel Services and its clients.

Note: A Tour Service Agreement must be executed between BTS and the client before we can book the trip. Please use Contact Us to request the Agreement.

Trip Highlights

Sightseeing tour:

  • Yellowstone's Lower Loop
  • San Franisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Los Angles
  • Roundtrip service in Coach Accommodations on the Grand Canyon's South Rim
  • Motorcoach Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon's South Rim

During the winter months, Old Faithful Explorer Tours will be substituted.


What's Included

  • Amtrak® from Chicago to Salt Lake City - the Californian Zephyr®
  • Bus Trip to Yellowstone
  • Salt Lake City to San Fransisco - the Californian Zephyr®
  • San Fransisco to Los Angeles - Coast Starlight®
  • Los Angeles to Williams, AZ - Southwest Chief®
  • Grand Canyon - Grand Canyon Railway
  • Williams, AZ to Chicago – Southwest Chief®
  • Coach accommodations†
  • 8-night hotel accommodation.
  • 4-nights onboard Amtrak.
  • Two meals included (1 breakfast and 1 dinner.)
  • Guests can join the trip from their location.

† Roomettes and bedroom accomodations when available, include meals

Three of the nation's greatest national parks await you on this rail journey across America! Take in the great expanse of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains aboard Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders of sprawling Yellowstone National Park. Continue on to Yosemite where your tour takes in all the stony peaks, beautiful open meadows, and piney forests that make up this national treasure. The Grand Canyon will leave you in awe with a natural beauty that took millions of years to create. Your Grand National Parks journey will provide a host of unforgettable experiences!


Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Your Journey Begins in Chicago

ChicagoHead over to Union Station in Chicago to board the California Zephyr train heading West. You are on your way to the national parks! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

(Note, the California Zephyr generally leaves at 2 PM.)

Accommodations Options

  • Holiday Inn Chicago Downtown Wolf Point
  • InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Holiday Inn Express Chicago - Magnificent Mile
  • Voco Chicago Downtown
Day 2 - Salt Lake City, UT

SLCKeep your camera handy as your train makes its way west. This journey from Chicago takes you across the waving fields of grain that make up the Great Plains and through the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains. As you arrive to Salt Lake City, head to your hotel for the evening. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

Accommodation Options

  • Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown
  • Hilton Salt Lake City Center
  • Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
  • Kimpton Hotel Salt Lake City
Day 3 - Yellowstone National Park       

YlwAwake this morning and continue on to Yellowstone. Your journey takes in some amazing mountain scenery along the way. (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

Note, Transportation is by Bus with one stop.

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Day 4 - Yellowstone National Park

Today you will experience the majesty of Yellowstone, the world's first national park. Formed from the remains of an extinct super-volcano that exploded around 600,000 years ago, the park is a full of alpine lakes, flowing rivers, jagged peaks, expansive forests, hot springs and geysers. Your included tour allows you to experience all of this while stopping at a number of thrilling landmarks such as the world-famous geyser, Old Faithful. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife that inhabit Yellowstone such as elk, bears, pronghorn, and even wolves! Yellowstone is an absolute wonder! (Overnight in West Yellowstone)

Accommodation Options

  • Yellowstone Park Hotel
  • Holiday Inn West Yellowstone
  • Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone
  • Explore Cabins at Yellowstone
  • Gray Wolf Inn and Suites
Day 5 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

You are transported back to Salt Lake City today to board your train heading to the West Coast and Yosemite National Park.  (Overnight onboard Amtrak) 

Note, Transportation is by Bus with one stop.

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Day 6 - San Francisco, CA

sicilyThis evening you will arrive in San Francisco. Check into your hotel to relax or head out to enjoy dinner or some sights. The evening is yours. (Overnight in San Francisco)

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Accommodation Options

  • Kimpton Alton Hotel – On the San Francisco Waterfront
  • InterContinental San Francisco
  • Hotel Zephyr
  • Kimpton Alto Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  • Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Union Station
Day 7 - San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

YosemiteToday's trip to Yosemite National Park is one of the highlights of your journey. After being picked up from your hotel, you will ride through California's agricultural heartland. This is a relaxing trip through some very charming countryside. Your visit to Yosemite itself is a chance to experience all the park is famous for: rocky peaks such as El Capitan, abundant pine forest, a variety of wildlife, and more. This evening you return to San Francisco. (Overnight in San Francisco)

Note, Bus trip to Yosemite and back to your hotel.

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Day 8 - Los Angeles, CA

LAThis morning you begin a truly scenic journey down to the California coast. Savor the beautiful rolling hills and amazing ocean views as you travel south. This evening, you stop for a night in Los Angeles before your vacation continues to the Grand Canyon. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

Accommodation Options

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
  • Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills
  • Marma Shelter Los Angeles
  • Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
Day 9 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Before your train departs in the evening, take some time to explore Los Angeles. Use your included tour which will help you learn all about Hollywood with a visit to some of the homes of the stars. Later on, head over to Union Station and board the Southwest Chief bound for the Grand Canyon. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Day 10 - Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Granc CanyonYou arrive in Williams, Arizona today headed for the Grand Canyon itself. Enjoy breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant as you prepare to board the Grand Canyon Railway. This classic train ride runs through a large expanse of beautiful ponderosa pine forest and views of some charming southwest scenery. The train ends at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Formed over millions of years, the waters of the Colorado River have carved the Canyon into one of the wonders of the natural world. Your included tour picks you up from the South Rim and takes you all around for sightseeing while your guide provides a wealth of fascinating information about the area. The views are absolutely spectacular! You will stay this evening at the South Rim. (Overnight at the Grand Canyon) 

Accommodation Options

  • El Tovar
  • Maswik Lodge
  • Kachina Lodge
  • Bright Angel Lodge
  • Thunderbird Lodge
  • Yavapai Lodge
Day 11 - Williams, AZ

WilliamsThis morning is yours to continue exploring the Grand Canyon. Relax by the Canyon and just enjoy the atmosphere. Take some time to visit some local attractions such as the historic Hopi House. In the afternoon, you will return to Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway. Dinner is included this evening as you prepare for the journey home. (Overnight in Williams) 

hotelAccommodation Options

  • Grand Canyon Railway
Day 12 - Overnight Onboard Amtrak

Today you depart from Williams in the morning. Enjoy the desert sunrise as your train winds its way east. As the landscape rolls by out your window, take some time to reflect on all the amazing experiences you've had along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

(Note, the Southwest Chief generally leaves at 5:50 AM.)

Day 13 - Your Journey Ends in Chicago

Accommodations Options

  • Holiday Inn Chicago Downtown Wolf Point
  • InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Holiday Inn Express Chicago - Magnificent Mile
  • Voco Chicago Downtown


Not Included

  • All Meals and tips except the two meals that are included.
  • Upgrade to private sleeping accommodations.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips to hotel staff.
  • Tip to local guides.
  • The ability to add extras to this tour.
Tour Map

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Cost of the Tour

$4,599.00 per person. Note: Certain discounts are available depending on the offer. 



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