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Across the USA

Tailor-make a holiday across the United States on board the vast Amtrak network

At Fred. Holidays, we understand that everyone has different preferences and our team of Travel Specialists can build a rail holiday to your requirements, with what is important to you in mind. Get in touch to build your dream rail holiday
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The Amtrak network is vast, covering over 20,000 miles of rail track in the United States; connecting many major cities and sweeping across the continent under wide open skies and through ever-changing terrain.

It is possible to traverse the entire USA with just one change of train, or explore intermittently as you go – with over 300 trains running every day, the opportunities are countless!

Here are a few highlights – all routes are available in reverse, and there are many other routes, so please give us a call and we can talk you through how to get the best from your USA rail odyssey.

Coast Starlight: Seattle to San Francisco

Winding your way down the West Coast as the train hugs the Californian coastline for miles, affording some fantastic views right out to sea, and the rugged beaches that dot the shoreline.  Stop offs on this route include Portland (OR), San Francisco and connecting services to Santa Cruz and Los Angeles.

California Zephyr: San Francisco to Chicago

Head cross-country and towards Chicago, the main hub of rail travel in the USA, with most non-coastal services feeding into the windy city, Chicago. Travelling via Reno, Salt Lake City, Grand Junction and Denver, with views of Lake Tahoe, Great Salt Lake, Sacramento and offers up some incredible views as you snake through the mountains of Colorado and the Sierra Nevada, as well as the ruby vistas of Utah.

San Francisco is reached via short connecting coach service which is included in the ticket cost.

Southwest Chief: Los Angeles to Chicago (via Flagstaff/Grand Canyon)

You’ll travel over the Great Plains, through Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Alight this route in Flagstaff to visit the Grand Canyon (not accessible by train, coach transfer) and stay for a couple of nights to take in one of the USA’s most impressive destinations. We will help you arrange accommodation and navigate how to get there.

City of New Orleans: Chicago to New Orleans

Make your way to the home of some of the greatest musical tracks, via the railway tracks. Journeying from Chicago down through the states of Tennessee and Mississippi, via Memphis (connections to Nashville via Greyhound bus) arriving into Louisiana’s state capital New Orleans, in the heart of the deep south.

Lake Shore Limited: Chicago to New York (or Boston)

A relatively short overnight journey will deliver you directly into the brand new expansion of New York’s Penn Station, home to Amtrak services. The route does travel along lake shores, as the name would suggest, although much of this is done in darkness, this service is more for convenience than scenery. This route also stops at Buffalo, for connecting services to Niagara Falls (also see: link to Maple Leaf Train for direct NYC to Niagara cross-border train)

Maple Leaf: New York to Toronto (via Niagara Falls)

A daytime train, travelling between the USA and Canada – a short disembarkation is required for border formalities – operated by Amtrak on the USA side and Via Rail on the Canadian side. The routes travels along the banks of the Hudson River and across the Niagara River into Canada.

Note: the Falls are not visible from the train but you can alight for stay on the Falls and we can arrange accommodation with Falls-View rooms.

Silver Star / Silver Meteor: New York to Miami

A 30-hour journey between two of the most-visited destinations in the United States, the route passes through the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North & South Carolina, Georgia and Florida – and with coach services connecting the coastal towns, exploring the East Coast of the USA is straightforward and accessible.

Sunset Limited: Los Angeles – New Orleans

There are some great vistas from the Sunset Limited - one of the longer routes of the network, traversing the southern states from California to Louisiana - via Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and through beautiful bayou country.

At Fred. Holidays, we appreciate that everyone is different and has different preferences - our team of specialists can build a rail holiday to your exact requirements, with what is important to you in mind. Call our team of helpful Travel Specialists to build this train into your dream holiday on 0800 038 1664.

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Helpful Tips
  • Amtrak services are comfortable and functional long distance trains
  • Sleeping car tickets include some meals, but we recommend you take snacks, purchasing this can be expensive on board
  • We would always recommend having a Superliner Roomette or en-suite Bedroom (where available) for longer journeys as seat reservations in Coach Class are not always possible
  • Dome Cars are available on: California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle services
  • Not all the trains have Wi-Fi
  • The trains often travel through time zones so be sure to keep your watch updated!
  • There are fresh air breaks even when travelling right through
Across the USA

Across the USA by Rail

from £2,379pp


12 nights

Daily departures available

Day 1

Depart London by air and arrive into Los Angeles the same day, where you’ll stay for two nights, with two full days to explore the capital of California – perhaps visit Sunset Boulevard and spot your favourite icons along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Day 3

Board the Southwest Chief Amtrak train in the evening, relax in your Superliner Roomette accommodation on board for your overnight journey to Flagstaff.

Days 4-6

Arriving into Flagstaff very early in the morning, make your way to your hotel where your room will be held for your early arrival. You’ll have a full day at leisure to stretch your legs, ahead of your included visit to the Grand Canyon on Day 5 – one of the undisputed highlights of any trip to the United States. After another night in Flagstaff you’ll board the southwest Chief again for your onward overnight journey to Chicago, where you’ll have time to sit back in your cabin or the Dome Car as you traverse the Great Plains.

Days 7-9

Breeze into the “Windy City” where you’ll have two full days and nights to sample the signature deep dish pizzas and ride the “L” around the city; also made famous as the set of many memorable and atmospheric blockbuster movies.

Days 10-11

It’s all aboard the Lake Shore Limited Amtrak overnight service today in Viewliner Roomette accommodation to New York for a two-night stay in the “Big Apple”, which needs no introduction!

Days 12-13

Overnight flight back to London

Please note, this trip is also available in reverse and can be customised to suit your requirements, please call for details.  

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Price is based on two adults sharing a room/standard class sleeper cabin departing London Heathrow on 7th November 2021.

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