Yellowstone To Yosemite

11 day Rail Holiday - from £1999

With flights from £2475

Sit back and enjoy a scenic rail journey from Chicago to the Pacific Coast, stopping to explore two of America’s most spectacular National Parks.


  • Visit the Great Salt Lake
  • Catch Yellowstone’s ‘Old Faithful’ Geyser erupt into life
  • Explore Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39
  • Gaze up at Yosemite’s Half Dome and El Capitan
  • Drive through the Sierra Nevada
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! Breeze into the ‘Windy City’, and after you are all settled in, take some time to explore all this amazing city has to offer. You can start using your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Or, if you are in the mood to shop, take a leisurely stroll down the Magnificent Mile, which offers world-class shopping, dining, and other great attractions. If you are a fan of music, check out one of the many famous blues clubs in the area. There is so much to do and see in Chi-Town, you will not run out of great places to scope out.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza or similar

Day 2 - Chicago

Continue to explore Chicago with your multi-day hop on hop off sightseeing city tour and head to any landmarks you did not get a chance to see yesterday. While you tour everything from underground streets to internationally-acclaimed skyscrapers, the tour guides are excited to share their in-depth knowledge. Tonight, enjoy your included dinner at a popular restaurant in Chicago.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Chicago to Salt Lake City

Travel to Chicago’s Union Station and board Amtrak to Salt Lake City. Enjoy America’s majestic landscapes as you travel on the California Zephyr® through the Great Plains. Experienced travellers say this train route is one of the most beautiful in all of North America. Sit back and relax as you climb through the heart of the Rockies to continue your journey out to the West Coast.

Hotel: Overnight on board the train

Day 4 - Salt Lake City

Continue to take in the stunning views of Utah’s Wasatach Mountains as you complete your train ride west to Salt Lake City. Upon your arrival in Salt Lake City, you will travel on your own to your hotel for a relaxing evening before your busy day tomorrow.

Hotel: Little America Hotel SLC or similar

Day 5 - Yellowstone National Park

Early this morning, hop on your included shuttle service that will take you to West Yellowstone. Yellowstone is widely held to be the first national park in the world and is home to the most impressive geothermal features in North America. The sights here are simply stunning and will not disappoint. After you arrive in the early evening, you can settle into your hotel for a good night’s sleep. You have a full day of sightseeing ahead of you tomorrow!

Hotel: Holiday Inn West Yellowstone or similar

Day 6 - Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of West Yellowstone’s lower loop. Highlights of this tour include Old Faithful Geyser, the Old Faithful Inn, Isa Lake on the Continental Divide and many more stunning landmarks. After your tour, you will have time to grab lunch on your own at the Old Faithful Village.

Hotel: Holiday Inn West Yellowstone or similar

Day 7 - Salt Lake City

Today, take a leisurely cruise back to Salt Lake City aboard the included shuttle. Then, the evening is yours to spend enjoying this gorgeous city.

Hotel: Little America Hotel SLC or similar

Day 8 - Salt Lake City to San Francisco

Discover all Salt Lake City has to offer on a guided sightseeing city tour of all of Salt Lake City’s hot spots. You’ll see the magnificent Salt Lake Mormon Temple and even hear the renowned Tabernacle Organ. You’ll also visit Pioneer Park, Brigham Young’s Territorial Governor’s Mansion, and, of course, the Great Salt Lake! Later in the day, travel on your own to the Amtrak Station and board the train to Emeryville Station in sunny California.

Hotel: Overnight on board the train
Meals: Dinner

Day 9 - San Francisco

Upon your arrival at Emeryville Station, you will board your included transfer to San Francisco. After you check into your hotel, the evening is yours to start exploring the ‘City by the Bay’. Take a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and sample the delicious local cuisine, like fresh seafood and crusty sourdough bread.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf  or similar

Day 10 - Yosemite National Park (ROUND TRIP)

Spend the entire day exploring one of America’s most iconic landmarks, Yosemite National Park. Your day will kick off with breathtaking panoramic views of San Francisco as you cross over the Bay Bridge at sunrise. The rest of your drive to Yosemite will offer stunning scenery as well, including the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains and lush Central Valley. Once you arrive in Yosemite National Park, you will have 2.5 hours to hike and shop in Yosemite Village. You will arrive back at your hotel just in time for a spectacular San Francisco sunset.  

Hotel: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf  or similar

Day 11 - Depart San Francisco

The adventure ends here in San Francisco, choose to add a couple of extra days, or head to the airport for your international flight to the UK

11 day Rail Holiday - from £1999

With flights from £2475


  • On the train, upgrade to a Roomette from £215 or Bedroom from £640
  • Add extra nights in Chicago, San Francisco or Yellowstone National Park
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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Prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room and include meals where shown. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach Accommodations unless otherwise stated. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply. Please note itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2022 onwards.

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Discover America on an exciting independent rail adventure. All rail explorers can be booked as they are or you can choose to add extra days to extend your stay in the USA.

Your rail holiday includes:

  • Superb sightseeing and activities
  • Comfortable travel by rail journey
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights onboard the train
  • Meals as shown
  • Option to add extra nights

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