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Best of the West

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Trip Length: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

Prices from: $5,195 pp/do*

Single Price: $8,895 pp

2017 Dates: Jun 10; Jul 8; Aug 12; Sept 2

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Notes: *Per person/Double occupancy. Includes luxury hotel stays throughout.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Double Arches at Arches National Park - Best of the West

Tour the Best of the West: 5 National Parks

Board the re-created 1950’s era streamliner train, the ‘Great Western Limited’, as it journeys to Grand Junction, Colorado – the jumping off point for your grand tour through five National Parks, showing off the natural wonders and beauty of the American West.

Your fully-hosted tour will guide you through Glenwood Canyon, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, a float trip on the Snake River, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, take the “Going to the Sun” road over the Continental Divide, and an evening boat cruise on Lake McDonald! All of these amazing sights in one trip? Just 15 days? Talk about the trip of a lifetime!

Best of the West Distinctions

  • 3-night stay in Moab, UT – our base while we tour Arches & Canyonlands National Parks.
  • Morning sightseeing tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
  • Outdoor Cowboy cookout in Jackson Hole!
  • Yellowstone Highlights include: Upper and Lower Falls, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, Fountain Paint Pot, and, of course, Old Faithful!
  • Halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, we’ll stop overnight at Fairmont Hot Springs. Admission to the springs included!!!
  • Take the red open-air ‘jammer’ buses on the ‘Going to the Sun’ road over the Continental Divide!
  • Relax on an early evening cruise on Lake McDonald.
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Day 1: We depart Chicago over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. We’ll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. (D)

Day 2: As our train traverses the Colorado Rockies, we’ll arrive in Grand Junction, Colorado this afternoon. You’ll be in awe at Glenwood Canyon! We’ll check in to the Red Cliffs Lodge for our two-night stay. You’ll love wandering around the Lodge, with its stunning views of the Colorado River. (BL)

Day 3: This morning we’ll tour Arches National Park! There are over 2100 of the natural arch formations in the park. Tonight, we’ll enjoy our welcome dinner. (BD)

Day 4: Canyonlands National Park! The rivers divide the park into four districts, but its a wondrous landscape of canyons, mesas, and buttes, as well as the rivers. (BL)

Day 5: We head North to Salt Lake City, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights of Utah. We’ll check in to the acclaimed Little America Hotel. (B)

Day 6: A late morning sightseeing tour includes Temple Square, and you’ll have time later in the afternoon to see the sights at your own pace. (B)

Day 7: After breakfast, we’re headed towards Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton National Park. Check in to the superbly located Homewood Suites for two-night stay. (BL)

Day 8: Our morning float trip on the Snake River will give you awe-inspiring views of the Grand Tetons. For dinner, we’ll enjoy an old-west outdoor cowboy cookout! (BD)

Day 9: America’s first National Park, Yellowstone, will be our destination today. This afternoon, our group will check in to the Lake Yellowstone Frontier Cabins, located inside the park. (B)

Day 10: Cameras ready! Today, we’ll see the Upper and Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. (B)

Day 11: As we drive North, we’ll stop for a midtrip indulgence – the Fairmont Hot Springs! Admission to the hot springs is included. (BD)

Day 12: Today we’ll journey into Glacier National Park. We’ll enjoy two nights at the historic Izaak Walton Inn, built by the Great Northern Railroad right before World War II. (July and August departures will stay at the Lake McDonald Lodge). (B)

Day 13: Ready for a red open-air ‘jammer bus’ tour? Weather permitting, we’ll take the ‘Going to the Sun’ road over the Continental Divide. Later today, we’ll enjoy a boat cruise on Lake McDonald. Past passengers rated this the prettiest day of the tour! (BD)

Day 14: After breakfast, we’ll board the ‘Great Western Limited’. Our farewell dinner will be on board the train as we head East. (BLD)

Day 15: The ‘Great Western Limited’ will arrive in St. Paul, Milwaukee and Chicago today. (BL)

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