See the rugged landscapes of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming by train on this scenery-focussed Journey, ...
... taking in no less than four magnificent national parks. You’ll start in the midst of the Rocky Mountain National Park near Denver, before riding the scenic California Zephyr train to the rugged geological formations of Arches, Canyonlands and Yellowstone National Parks.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Check out the picturesque mountain and lake views in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Ride the scenic California Zephyr Train through the Sierra Nevada Mountains
- Explore the numerous russet-hued arches of Arches National Park
- Gaze upon the erupting Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park
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- Authentic local experiences
- International flights
- 8 nights in hotels
- Rocky Mountain National Park tour (seasonal)
- Arches & Canyonlands National Parks tour
- Yellowstone National Park tour (seasonal)
- Denver to Grand Junction train (coach accommodation)
- Grand Junction to Salt Lake City train on AmTrak’s California Zephyr
- All transfers
Need to know+
- Arrives: Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Time difference: GMT-7
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA), available online
- Language: English
- Currency: US dollar (USD)
- Flying time from UK: around 10 hours direct
- Plug type: 2 flat pins
- Voltage: 120V
Fly from UK to Denver
Arrive into Denver, nicknamed the ‘mile-high city’ due to its 1,610m (exactly one mile) elevation. With plenty of stylish restaurants, cosy pubs and leafy parks plus one heck of a mountain backdrop, Denver’s a vibrant place with plenty to do. Within the city limits, browse the Denver Art Museum for one of the largest collections of Native American art in the world, or venture into the Rocky Mountains for a wide selection of hiking and cycling trails just a stone’s throw from the city. In winter, have a go at skiing in Vail, the most visited ski resort in the USA and just 80 miles away.
Hop on board the California Zephyr for a wonderfully scenic train ride through the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountains, arriving into Grand Junction late afternoon. Situated at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers (hence the name), Grand Junction is surrounded by elevated red rock formations with flat tops and steep sides, otherwise known as tablelands. While you’re in here, you’ll hop over the border into Utah to explore the arches and Canyonlands national parks, including a drive along the gorgeous Island In the Sky, a plateau with a view.
Back onboard the California Zephyr, you’ll pass through the snow-capped Wasatch Range on your way to Salt Lake City. In the heart of this lively city you’ll find Temple Square, home to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and dotted with numerous museums, gardens and restaurants. Be sure to visit the fantastic Natural History Museum, found on the campus of the University of Utah, and check out the extravagance of the million dollar mirror in the Grand America Hotel.
Yellowstone National Park
Transfer to Yellowstone National Park, designated in 1872 and thought to be the first national park in the world. Here you’ll take a full day tour of the region including the Old Faithful Geyser, which erupts every 35-120 minutes, blasting up to 32,000 litres of boiling water around 50 metres into the air. And don’t forget to look out for wildlife too – Yellowstone’s forests are home to wolves and grizzly bears as well as bison and elk.
Return to Salt Lake City for your final night. If you haven’t already, pay a visit to the stunning façade of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, or venture inside for even more impressive artwork. Perhaps take a look around the Olympic Park, where the world’s eyes were focused during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Alternatively try the This Is The Place Heritage Park at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, which contains a handful of historical buildings as well as a monument to Utah’s Mormon settlers.
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