Trains have the ability to captivate our imagination and hearken back to a bygone era, where you took more time to see the landscape along the route to your destination.

Perfect for families with train lovers of all ages, this dream trip combines great trains with family-friendly destinations and enough stops to keep everyone engaged.

Train Trip Out West Itinerary

Day 1

Board the Amtrak’s legendary Empire Builder for an overnight trip in a sleeper car to Montana.

Day 2

Admire the views from your traincar as you pass through Minnesota, North Dakota and Big Sky country in Montana. In the evening, arrive to East Glacier Park Montana and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3

Half day tour of stunning Glacier National Park. Visit glaciers, see towering mountains and beautiful waterfalls.

Day 4

Half day tour options of Glacier National Park include fishing, local wildlife (bears, moose), horseback riding and boat cruises. In the evening, hop back on the train for an overnight trip to Portland, Oregon.

Day 5

Enjoy breakfast on the train before your mid-morning arrival.  Afternoon transfer to your hotel, and rest of day at leisure.

Day 6

Full day tour of the area around Portland. Optional tours include Columbia River Gorge, a winery tour, or stay in town and visit the local zoo, children’s museum, science museum or amusement park. If you’re lucky enough to be here on a Saturday, check out the weekend arts-and-crafts market.

Day 7

Morning at your leisure. Afternoon transfer to the train, this time boarding Amtrak’s iconic Coast Starlight train, which winds down along the Pacific Coast for stunning views. Overnight on the train.

Day 8

Arrive midday in San Francisco, CA. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city. Eat dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf tonight!

Day 9

Full day trip to Redwood National Park tour   to see the Giant Redwoods in John Muir woods.

Day 10

Day at leisure to explore the city. Take the cable car, visit the world-renowed aquarium, take a whale-watching tour, go kayaking, sail the bay or visit the beach.

Day 11

After breakfast, head back to the train station to reboard the Coast Starlight to head to LA. Wind down along the California coast, enjoy dinner aboard the train and arrive late to Los Angeles. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 12

Visit the must-see destination of Disneyland! Walk through Sleeping Beauty’s castle, sing a pirate chanty and take flight with Peter Pan.

Day 13

Day 2 of Disneyland.  Take the underwater ‘Finding Nemo’ submarine voyage to see tropical reefs and, if you’re feeling up to it, take a tour of Haunted Mansion and take the Indiana Jones adventure journey.

Day 14

Fly home.