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NATIONAL PARKS

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BEST OF
THE WEST

Visit six extraordinary National Parks of the West by classic Vista-Dome train, including Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier.

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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 2021, 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

Best of the West

2021 DATES:
June 13 – 24
July 11 – 22
August 15 – 26
September 5 – 16
RATES:
12 Days from $5,695 per person

Our epic trip to six of the most extraordinary National Parks of the West along with something else no one else offers, our own vintage streamliner train, the Great Western Limited. Operating round-trip from Chicago, this is perhaps the ultimate National Parks vacation featuring Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks, all in one brilliantly arranged holiday with most of our hotel stays being two-nights long.

With extraordinary sightseeing included, ranging from a dinner cruise on the Colorado River at Moab to the famed Going to the Sun highway at Glacier National Park, this holiday is a visual feast. With a relaxed pace, fine hotels, excellent dining, and our own special train over a different route in each direction, this program is without equal and is limited to no more than 22 guests.

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Wonders of the West

2021 DATES:
June 22 – July 1
September 14 – 23
RATES:
10 Days from $5,295 per person

This is a virtuoso performance serving up our own vintage streamliner train, the Great Western Limited combined with visits to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, all in ten sublime days with the majority of our hotel stays being two nights each and unique features like two days in historic old west Jackson Wyoming and a full day in beautiful Salt Lake City at the acclaimed Little America Hotel.

With exceptional sightseeing including the Going to the Sun Road at Glacier National Park, the extraordinary Gates of the Mountain cruise on the Missouri River in the path of Lewis & Clark, complete sightseeing throughout Yellowstone and Grand Teton and some wonderful dining, this sensibly paced holiday is limited to a maximum of 22 guests to prompt reservations are strongly encouraged.

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Grand Canyons of the West

2021 DATES:
June 6 – 15
July 4 – 13
August 8 – 17
August 29 – September 7
RATES:
10 Days from $4,995 per person

This is another brilliant trip to National Parks that only we offer. Beginning in Salt Lake City, we travel to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with two nights in Moab, Utah with not only extensive sightseeing but plenty of free time along with a scenic sunset cruise on the Colorado River one evening. We then travel on to Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks with sightseeing followed by Lake Powell with visits to the Navajo lands and a cruise on Lake Powell through the sandstone walls of Slot Canyon.

Saving for the best for last, is an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon before the most unique part of our holiday, travel to California aboard our own private streamliner train, the Great Western Limited with comfortable Pullman sleeping cars, fine dining and vista-dome lounge car. Limited to 22 guests per departure and offered only four times in 2021.

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Yosemite to Denali

2021 DATES:
June 15 – 30
July 13 – 28
August 17 – September 1
RATES:
16 Days from $5,295 per person

There may be another holiday somewhere that offers up more awe-inspiring scenery than our Yosemite to Denali program, but it is doubtful. Beginning in Sacramento, our guests enjoy a visit to breathtaking Yosemite with complete touring before boarding our own special train, the Great Western Limited for the scenic journey from Oakland to Seattle over the Union Pacific Railroad with daylight viewing of the Cascade Mountains.

With fine dining and a vista-dome car, there is no finer way to travel north and this is simply the opening act, following by the visual feast of an Alaska Inside Passage cruise from Vancouver to Seward aboard Holland America Line with visits to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and stunning Glacier Bay. All of this is just ice-breaker for the peak of our holiday, two nights at Denali National Park with complete touring including the Tundra Wilderness tour before boarding another special luxury train, the McKinley Explorer bound for Anchorage. One of our most popular programs ever and limited to 22 guests per departure with three departures in 2021.

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New Year’s at the Grand Canyon

2021/22 DATES:
December 29, 2021 – January 5, 2022
2022/23 DATES:
December 29, 2022 – January 5, 2023
RATES:
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 Winslow Arizona 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 stunning Five-star Bellagio Resort & Casino, the most celebrated luxury hotel in Las Vegas. Here too, fine dining awaits including a magnificent farewell dinner at famed Lawry’s, the Prime Rib. Starting at $2,395pp, this is a wonderful end to a year, or a nice beginning to a new one.

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Spring & Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains

2021 DATES:
October 23 – November 1
2022 DATES:
April 16 – 25
October 22 – 31
RATES:
10 Days from $3,895 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.

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