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Packages: National & State Parks

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona in the United States. It is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, the Havasupai people and the Navajo Nation. For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans, who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters). Nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

The Key Holidays Grand Canyon tour features travel through the pine forests of Arizona in the comfort of Amtrak Southwest Chief® featuring Superliner bi-level cars to the magnificent Grand Canyon. Flexibility is a feature of this tour, allowing you to customize your plans the way that you like. Stay an extra day; upgrade your Amtrak train accommodations or seats on the Grand Canyon Railway train.

Sequoia National Park

SEASONAL JUNE - SEPTEMBER ONLY

This hidden jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is a bit more of an adventure to get to, but well worth it! The grandeur of the giant Sequoia trees, souring mountain peaks, cascading creeks and serene vistas offer a truly memorable National Park experience.

Yosemite

People from every corner of the United States - and the world - travel to Yosemite in central California to experience the timeless and awesome beauty of nature offered by this National Park. Getting to Yosemite by train with transfer into the valley by bus is the most eco-friendly and relaxing way to get there. Once in the park The Valley Tram Tour takes visitors to view many highlights of Yosemite including Vista Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

Yosemite, one of the greatest wonders of the natural world, is a destination that can’t be missed if you are a native to California, just visiting for the first time, or desire to visit the park many times over in her ever-changing seasons.