Our Canadian Sunset is a jewel of a trip featuring a rare four-night voyage through Upper Canada and scenic 1000 Islands aboard Canada's only riverboat, the 66-passenger Canadian Empress, at the height of autumn colors. Also included is scenic train travel, four nights in New York State's beautiful Finger Lakes region, fine hotels, daily sightseeing and much more, concluding with visits to historic Niagara on the Lake and Niagara Falls for visual splendor throughout.
No other US travel company offers more distinct and unique trips to America’s great National Parks then Uncommon Journeys does. From Denali National Park in Alaska to Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, from Yosemite to the Great Smoky Mountains, we offer a great range of stylish vacations, all with a train or ship component that makes our programs different from all others. This combined with long hotel stays (most two nights long or longer), intelligent and comprehensive sightseeing included in the fare, a relaxed pace, and small group sizes makes this the ideal way to see the National Parks.
Two of our most popular in 2023, both with our own classic vista-dome streamliner train, the Great Western Limited are the showcase ‘Yosemite to Denali’ and ‘Wonders of the West’ traveling from Seattle to Salt Lake City via Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton. An elegant way to see the west in not too much time, in comfort and style. All Aboard!
ITINERARIES IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
New Year’s at the Grand Canyon
December 29, 2023 – January 5, 2024
December 29, 2024 – January 5, 2025
8 Days from $2,395 per person
One of our most popular and affordable holidays to one of the prettiest places on earth. Travel to Gallup, New Mexico aboard the Southwest Chief train from either California or Midwest points starts this eight-day getaway, followed by a trip over the storied Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. While cool, this is a magical time to be at the Grand Canyon with a light dusting of snow against the purple canyon walls and few visitors.
We have two nights at the South Rim with sightseeing and free time before, on January 2nd, doing the scenic drive to Las Vegas for a three-night stay at the iconic Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Here too, fine dining awaits including a magnificent farewell dinner at famed Lawry’s, the Prime Rib. Starting at just $2,395pp, this is a wonderful end to a year, or a nice beginning to a new one.
Rockies to the Red Rocks
APRIL 16 TO 23
OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 5
April 22 to 29
September 23 to 30
8 Days from $4,295 per person
Experience the majesty of America’s spectacular Western parks, carved over the eons into masterpieces of nature, from the soaring stone bridges of Arches to the mesmerizing spires of Canyonlands and from Monument Valley’s iconic vistas to the timeless grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Aboard the legendary Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, take in an extraordinary landscape of towering mountains, deep canyons, the Continental Divide and along the Colorado River, the same route once showcased by the original California Zephyr.
As a special treat, marvel at the beauty of Dead Horse State Park, a rarely visited beauty just as stunning as the National Parks, and in the Grand Canyon, relish a panoramic ride aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway. Along the journey, magical touches abound, including an expert Navajo guide in Monument Valley, two nights in entrancing Moab, a farewell dinner at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Las Vegas and, of course, all hotels, transportation and sightseeing included along with your dedicated Uncommon Journeys professional tour manager.
Spring & Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains
April 23 to May 2
October 19 to 28
April 5 to 15
October 4 to 13
October 29 to November 7
10 Days from $4,395 per person
Another relaxing holiday by train that only we offer. With free or reduced cost train travel from any US city to Charlotte, this holiday offers up great sights and southern hospitality with a gentle pace and great dining. After Charlotte, we enjoy two nights in Asheville taking in the famed Biltmore Estate of the Vanderbilts along with and a steam train ride over the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.
Next is two nights in the heart of the Smokies with complete touring of Great Smokies National Park including Cades Cove. Next, two nights in Chattanooga with a ride aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad through Hiwassee River Gorge and visits to Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls. Last but not least are two nights in Memphis, home of Elvis and the Blues with time to explore historic Beale St, Graceland, and the National Civil Rights Museum.
Best of the West
June 19 to 30
July 10 to 21
July 31 to August 11
September 4 to 15
12 Days From $5,995
Gaze at the delicate persimmon-hued rock formations of Arches National Park and then peer across a landscape of extraordinary shapes carved over millennia by the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. Float down the Snake River beneath towering peaks in Grand Teton National Park, witness Old Faithful keep her schedule in Yellowstone National Park and in Glacier National Park, ascend to the heavens along the Going to the Sun Road.
Ride aboard America’s greatest train ride, the showcase Rocky Mountaineer, with a stunning daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies from Denver right to Moab. Experience Lake McDonald’s mirror-like waters, the frontier fun of Jackson and Park City’s captivating silver mining history. As you watch the rising sun reveal the vertical cliffs of Moab, listen to the wind whisper through the pines at Yellowstone National Park, and touch the sky from the soaring mountains of Glacier National Park, the magnificence of America’s beauty envelops you.
Wonders of the West
June 29 to July 7
July 20 to 28
August 10 to 18
September 1 to 9
June 21 to 29
July 26 to August 2
August 16 to 24
September 6 to 14
9 Days From $3,995
Bask in the grandeur of America’s western landscapes, from surreal pools and geysers to idyllic lakes and colossal peaks seemingly shaped by a heavenly sculptor. Journey by elegant train to Glacier National Park, where you’ll wind along the breathtaking Going to the Sun Road, every turn a visual marvel. On shimmering Lake McDonald, the crown jewel of Glacier Park, you will enjoy a cruise on emerald-hued waters while gazing at the Continental Divide.
Relish additional time on pristine waters with a dinner cruise to Jackson Lake’s Elk Island during your visit to Grand Teton National Park, a unique opportunity to dine amidst a sublime setting. In timeless Jackson, soak up the exhilarating atmosphere of the Old West, and in intriguing Salt Lake City, applaud the architectural jewels of Temple Square. Whether watching majestic bison roam or spouts of steam gush skyward, this uncommon journey will bring you closer than ever to the miraculous wonders of the west.
A Train Holiday to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, the Black Hills & Mt. Rushmore
September 13 to 22 – ONCE ONLY!
10 Days from $4,895 per person
For many years, our guests have asked us to offer a trip to impressive Mt. Rushmore in addition to our usual offerings to Grand Teton and Yellowstone each summer, and we have finally tailored the perfect holiday that offers, on one leisurely vacation, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore. Nicer still, our tour ends with a style and manner of transport that has all but vanished, travel aboard our own vintage streamliner train, the Great Western Limited on an overnight passage from Denver to Chicago, a rare chance to enjoy classic train travel with Pullman sleeping cars, an observation lounge car and excellent dining (naturally, all meals, wines & spirits while aboard are included).
Comfort, along with wildlife and stunning views, abounds on this trip, with most of our hotel stays being at least two nights long. Our guests enjoy time in Salt Lake City, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, historic Cody and three nights in Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore. Comprehensive sightseeing is featured and highlights include a cruise on lovely Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, complete touring of Yellowstone including Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Loops and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. In Cody, there is not only a visit to the Buffalo Bill Historic Center but a chuckwagon dinner under the stars. And, of course, visits to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, historic Deadwood and even a ride aboard the Black Hills Central Railroad.