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Trip Overview

North America’s greatest natural scenery awaits you on this 25-day journey across the wilds of Canada and the picturesque expanse of the United States. Start in the vibrant Canadian city of Vancouver and from there, journey across Canada on VIA Rail, Canada’s impressive rail system, taking in the beautiful alpine towns of Jasper and Banff before heading east to Toronto and Niagara Falls. Then make your way back across the US by train, from New York City to San Francisco, with memorable stops in Chicago, San Francisco, and the magnificent geysers of Yellowstone National Park.


  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Admission to the Jasper Skytram
  • Sightseeing tour of the Icefields Parkway from Jasper
  • Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour in Banff
  • Admission to the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls from Toronto
  • New York City CityPASS® including:
    • Empire State Building Experience
    • American Museum of Natural History
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
    • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Sightseeing Cruise
    • 9/11 Memorial and Museum OR Intrepid Air and Space Museum
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Chicago CityPASS® including:
    • Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry)
    • SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass)
    • The Field Museum (VIP Entry)
    • Museum of Science and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
    • Adler Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone’s Lower Loop
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco


  • 18 nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 4 nights’ overnight VIARail® from Vancouver to Jasper, and Jasper to Toronto
  • 3 nights’ onboard Amtrak® in Coach from Toronto to New York City, New York City to Chicago, Chicago to Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake City to San Francisco onboard the Maple Leaf®, the Lake Shore Limited® and the California Zephyr®
  • Tour transfer from Banff to Jasper
  • Shuttle transfer from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone
  • 4 meals included (2 lunches, 2 dinners)
Trip Map

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1               VANCOUVER
Welcome to Vancouver! Travel on your own to your hotel and start exploring this nature lover's paradise, where the majestic mountains meet the serene coast. (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 2               VANCOUVER
Today's full day of sightseeing begins with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all of Vancouver's most popular attractions, including Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, and more! The tour will feature live commentary, so you will get to learn what makes Vancouver so special. Feel free to hop on and off at any of the stops to explore them at your own leisure. Today also includes admission to the Vancouver Lookout, which towers hundreds of feet over the city. Sweeping 360-degree views of Vancouver await you at the top! (Overnight in Vancouver)

Spend the morning discovering more of Vancouver before boarding VIA Rail’s Canadian train for your departure to Jasper and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the beautiful views and comfortable accommodations while onboard. (Overnight onboard VIA Rail)

DAY 4               JASPER
Wake up on the train to gorgeous views of the Canadian Rockies as you make your way to Jasper. Upon arrival in Jasper, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and begin discovering the beautiful alpine town. Take the Jasper Skytram for incredible bird’s eye views of the area - the experience of being gently transported into Jasper National Park’s alpine tundra will captivate all ages and is merely the beginning of a truly memorable experience. Jasper Tramway is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and the only guided aerial ropeway in the Canadian Rockies. Have your camera ready for some amazing pictures. (Overnight in Jasper)

DAY 5               JASPER TO BANFF
Depart Jasper for a leisurely drive out to Banff, one of the most scenic towns in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the wildlife, pristine lakes, and breath-taking mountain peaks along the world-famous Icefields Parkway. Visit the natural wonder of Columbia Icefield, one of the largest expanses of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Step onboard the Ice Explorer for an interpretive adventure of the Athabasca Glacier. Enjoy unobstructed views on a glass-floored observation platform extending out over the Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 6              BANFF
Enjoy an immersive tour of the area today that offers glimpses of the natural forces and evolution of land that form the glistening Banff area lakes and streams found in this area of the Canadian Rockies. Some of the incredible sights you will come across include the unforgettable Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier, Moraine Lake and the magnificent Takakkaw Falls, all surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. A picnic lunch at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise is included. Journey across the Great Divide and experience the wonder of Yoho National Park before returning to Banff in the afternoon. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 7              BANFF TO JASPER
Enjoy the morning in Banff wandering the local shops and eateries downtown or walking along the Bow River to Bow Falls. This afternoon, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Jasper for another overnight stay. (Overnight in Jasper)

Travel to the VIA Rail station today and board the Canadian to continue your three-day journey eastbound to Toronto. Unwind on the train in a cosy sleeper cabin and enjoy delicious meals and spectacular scenery onboard. (Overnight onboard VIA Rail)

DAY 11            TORONTO
Arrive in Toronto today and get ready for a full day of sightseeing.  Discover top Toronto sights such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto Harbourfront, Eaton Center and Chinatown, among others.  Use you included admission to the CN Tower to experience sweeping views of Toronto from high above the city. (Overnight in Toronto)

This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a full day tour to one of the top wonders of the natural world, Niagara Falls.  Highlights will include a meal overlooking the falls, a boat ride getting you up close and personal with the Falls, free time in both Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, and a winery tour and tasting.  After your full day of touring, your bus will drop you back off at your hotel for a relaxing evening. (Overnight in Toronto) 

DAY 13            NEW YORK CITY
Check out of your hotel and board the train this morning for your journey to New York City. Enjoy scenic daytime views as you head into the US. Arrive in New York City later in the evening and check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 14            NEW YORK CITY
Discover all of New York City’s top attractions such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with your New York CityPASS, which includes admission to these and many other popular sights. This is the perfect way to enjoy the “Big Apple”. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 15            NEW YORK CITY
Discover even more of the city today with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour! Your onboard guide will point out the city's major landmarks and attractions and give you some history and background on this sprawling metropolis. Visit all the must-see attractions you haven’t experienced yet! (Overnight in New York City)

Board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited today for the overnight journey to Chicago. Rest up and relax as the train winds its way west. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 17            CHICAGO
Breeze into the Windy City this morning and begin to explore Chicago! Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and set out to discover the city. Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to take in all the city’s most popular landmarks, including Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and much more! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 18            CHICAGO
Spend the day at your leisure today enjoying Chicago. Take a walk down the Magnificent Mile for world class shopping, dining, and attractions. Enjoy some famous Chicago-style pizza and take in some live music at one of the many jazz or blues clubs in the city. (Overnight in Chicago)

Travel on your own to Chicago’s Union Station for your journey on the California Zephyr to Salt Lake City. Along the way, you’ll traverse through some wonderful landscapes. Watch as neighbourhoods turn into blue skies and fields of gold before the train hikes up the breath-taking Colorado Rockies. This 1608-mile train trip stops at a number of stations in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Utah before arriving at your destination. The onboard experience is to be cherished and enjoyed slowly. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 20             SALT LAKE CITY
When you arrive in the urban heart of Utah, check into your hotel and get some rest before your trip to West Yellowstone tomorrow. (Overnight in Salt Lake City)

This morning you’ll take your included transfer to West Yellowstone onboard Salt Lake Express. Along the way, you’ll get to watch as the beautiful landscapes change. Once in West Yellowstone, check into your hotel and then step out to explore the town in the evening. (Overnight in Yellowstone National Park)

Wake up early for an exciting day tour to Yellowstone National Park! Your interpretive guide will tell you all about the region as you stop to view wildlife and visit all the crowd-pleasing attractions. There are many highlights along this tour so don’t forget your camera! Following the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel. (Overnight in Yellowstone National Park)

Take your included transfer from West Yellowstone back to Salt Lake City. Tonight, dinner is included at one of the city’s most popular restaurants, The Roof. Later, head to the train station to board the California Zephyr to San Francisco. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 24            SAN FRANCISCO
When you arrive in San Francisco, check into your hotel for a two-night stay and then step out and enjoy the city at your leisure. This evening, enjoy your included dinner at a popular, local restaurant. (Overnight in San Francisco) D

DAY 25            SAN FRANCISCO
See all the city’s most popular landmarks and attractions with your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour and scenic Bay cruise. Then, spend your last night in San Francisco exploring the city on your own. (Overnight in San Francisco)


Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D – Dinner

Georgian Court Hotel Vancouver

The Georgian Court Hotel is a 4 star boutique hotel and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Situated downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium – home of the Vancouver Canucks – Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street and many downtown Vancouver’s main tourist attractions.

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Just a fifteen-minute walk from downtown, the Banff Caribou Lodge invites you into a world away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, with all the amenities of a first class resort hotel.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain – formerly called “Sleeping Buffalo” by the First Nations living in the region.

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

For those who love to play in the great outdoors, there's no better place than Banff, and no better place to call home after a day of adventure than the Banff Ptarmigan Inn.

Elk & Avenue

The Elk + Avenue Hotel is located in downtown Banff with 162 rooms featuring queen and king beds, including lofts and junior suites—fully equipped with all the modern-day amenities.

Fox Hotel & Suites

The Fox Hotel & Suites is located in the scenic Banff National Park. This mountain accommodation offers hotel rooms perfect for the traveler staying for a few days or even a week.

Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on Sulphur Mountain and Banff National Park. The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, and a luxury spa. With unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience.

Chateau Jasper

The newly renovated Chateau Jasper is a cozy hotel with a variety of accommodations and facilities.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Surrounded by captivating mountains and sparkling lakes, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Resort Hotel welcomes you to The True Rocky Mountain Experience. Situated in the magnificent Canadian Rockies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience the unique accommodations and luxury Signature Cabins, sure to invoke memories that will last a lifetime.

Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge welcomes you to the Canadian Rockies. Recently renovated and conveniently located in the town of Jasper, you will experience a serene atmosphere in a majestic mountain setting.

Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge offers 107 guestrooms and suites with exterior entry. Large families and groups will love the convenience of our kitchen suites along with a separate bedroom. All guests have access to our heated indoor pool, sauna, and an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi.

Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre

Set amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper is a resort style hotel that offers the rustic charm you’d expect in Jasper National Park.

The Crimson Jasper

The Crimson was inspired by true Canadian colours: Jasper's sunsets and fall foliage, our Canadian flag and the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Hampton Inn & Suites Vancouver

For unbeatable Vancouver accommodations in the heart of downtown, drop your bags at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver for a hassle-free metropolitan stay-experience. Featuring contemporary accommodations with a stylish downtown vibe, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver delivers comfortable rooms and suites with generous amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen stations and heavenly Cloud Nine beds by Serta®.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

Those who stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel enjoy an innovative fitness center with treadmills and elliptical trainers, as well as a whirlpool and heated indoor swimming pool. All rooms have 32-inch flat screen televisions, free high-speed Internet, fog-free mirrors, plush bathrobes, and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. Rooms are also smoke-free so that those guests that have allergies or sensitivities never have to worry

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Toronto’s landmark hotel, The Fairmont Royal York has everything you need for a memorable stay in Toronto – opulent surroundings, a knowledgeable Concierge team, fine dining, exercise facilities, plus so much more. We’re conveniently located across from Union Station at 100 Front Street West within the financial and entertainment districts.

Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Canada's largest hotel with 1590 guest rooms, the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is centrally located and just step's from the city's best shopping, theatres, nightlife and attractions.

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

The Stewart Hotel

Staying at the The Stewart Hotel puts New York City at your fingertips. Just steps from Penn Station and most subway lines, it's easy to explore the city's most exciting neighborhoods and attractions; Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and Fifth Avenue shopping. Or kick back and relax in your luxurious room. The comforts of technology await, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and wireless Internet.

Holiday Inn New York City Times Square

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square is a 35-story high-rise hotel that makes it easy to enjoy New York’s incomparable attractions, restaurants and retail stores.

Marriott Marquis

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the city at New York Marriott Marquis. One of the premier hotels in Times Square, our central location gives you easy access to NYC entertainment options and several subway lines to access any part of NYC.

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is an upscale moderate hotel that’s just completed a $160 million renovation to its guest rooms and meeting space. The hotel is just steps from the excitement of the Broadway theatres, prestige of Carnegie Hall and world-class shopping of Fifth Avenue - this location is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the best that New York has to offer.

Kimpton Alton Hotel (Formerly Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf)

Of all San Francisco hotels, Kimpton Alton Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

Little America Hotel SLC

Little America Hotel is conveniently located on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, just 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges in the magnificent Salt Lake Valley, Little America is within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, cultural and sporting events, and is roughly 30-40 minutes from the major ski resorts. Other nearby attractions include historic Temple Square, the world-famous Great Salt Lake and national parks, forests, and monuments.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

Discover Salt Lake City destinations in the downtown area surrounding the Radisson, from Capitol Theater and Temple Square to the Family History Library, Gateway Shopping Center and City Creek Shopping Center. SLC Airport is just a short commute thanks to the nearby Arena TRAX light rail station, and Hogle Zoo provides hours of entertainment for families.

Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone

Located in the heart of West Yellowstone, the new 50-cabin property provides a unique vacation experience. Enjoy stylish décor, upscale linen and your own private cabin. The kitchenettes allow for light cooking to enjoy a simple meal.

Gray Wolf Inn And Suites

The Gray Wolf Inn & Suites is conveniently located next to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone - the four-season getaway to Yellowstone National Park. Our free deluxe continental breakfast, included with every room, is served in the lobby adjacent to the signature Gray Wolf lobby fireplace. For dinner we recommend the The Oregon Short Line Restaurant, located two blocks away at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone Hotel.

Holiday Inn West Yellowstone

If you're looking for the best Yellowstone National Park lodging close to the Park's West entrance, you've found it! The hotel is located is just three blocks from Yellowstone National Park. We're the premier destination for Yellowstone family vacations, memorable meetings and corporate retreats. All guest rooms and corridors were renovated in early 2014.

Yellowstone Park Hotel

Built in 2007 and featuring an attractive list of amenities and a AAA® Three-Diamond rating, the well-appointed, non-smoking Yellowstone Park Hotel has earned a loyal guest following. Best of all, it's located three blocks from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and less than an hour's drive from the lower geyser basin and Old Faithful.

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.