Travel Details

Rails to the Canyon & Yellowstone with Taiwan Stopover

  • Tour Length: 13 Days 10 Nights
  • Departure Airport:Taoyuan International Airport
  • Description:Embark on an adventure crossing seven U.S. states (California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Washington) and experience the majestic grandeur of the national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Explore popular attractions like the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Temple Square at Salt Lake City, Seattle Premium Outlets, and much more…
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ITINERARY

    Day 1

    Hometown / Taipai Taipei City Tour (Taipei Grand Hotel, Presidential Office, Ximending)

  • Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, begin the Taipei City Tour

  • Taipei Grand Hotel

    Supported by red columns and with golden roof tiling, similar to a majestic 14-storey palace, with elegant decor in the classic Chinese style.

  • Presidential Office

    Drive by the impressive administrative building built during the Japanese occupation, where the nation’s President holds office.

  • Check-in Relite Hotel (or similar) at Ximending

  • Dinner at Din Tai Fung

    serving the world-renowned juicy bun called xiao long bao, particularly popular among tourists, plus a wide selection of dim sum and noodles.

  • Ximending

    Popular gathering area where one can enjoy walking around, numerous shops, diverse eateries, and watching street performers. Individual choice of cuisine. Suggestions: Toilet Restaurant or popular Ah-Chong Misua (noodle), or Chinese pancake (on pax account).

    Day 2

    Taipei City Tour ( Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall , Liberty Square , Taipei City Hall , Taipei 101 Mall Shopping , Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center , Taipei Station , Taipei Station Underground Mall , Shilin Night Market ) - Taipei - Los Angeles BR 016 23:55 / 20:55 or CI 006 23:50 / 20:35

  • Take MRT to

    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall,

    located in the heart of Taipei City. Walk around Liberty Square, Watch the Changing of Honor Guards (every hour). Take MRT to see the Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101. Shop at the Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center and Taipei Main Station Underground Mall.

  • Tour

    Shilin Night Market

    and enjoy the savory street fare, such as oyster omelet, pan fried buns, or Shilin sausage.

  • Depart for the Taoyuan International Airport

    Day 3

    Los Angeles (City Tour ) - Southwest Chief Amtrak - Arizona Flagstaff

  • Kick-off the day with a tour of Los Angeles famous landmarks:
    Getty Center - features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American, Asian, and European photographs.
    Disney Concert Hall – has a stunning façade and outstanding acoustics, it is home to the L.A. Philharmonic.
    Proceed to the Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), the main railway station in LA and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the western United States. Opened in 1939 and its architectural design is an iconic mix of art deco and Spanish colonial revival.
    Board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief and take a ride to Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park.

    Day 4

    Arizona Flagstaff - Grand Canyon National (stay in National Park Hotels)

  • Arrive at Flagstaff (or Williams) at dawn and proceed to the Grand Canyon National Park and feast your eyes on the majestic and awe-inspiring landscape. The Grand Canyon’s overwhelming immensity is decorated by unique combination of geological kaleidoscope and constant erosions creating an ever-changing landscape. ”IT IS NEVER THE SAME”, says the slogan at the visitor center.

    Day 5

    Grand Canyon National Park - Page - Horseshoe Bend - Antelope Canyon - Kanab

  • Start the day early and view the stunning sunrise at the Grand Canyon, then further explore the panoramic natural and man-made wonders of Arizona and Utah:
    Glen Canyon Dam - is a concrete arch dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona, near the town of Page, taming the waters of the Colorado River and creating massive Lake Powell, a popular recreation area along the Utah/Arizona border and the second largest artificial lake in the U.S.
    Antelope Canyon – is a slot canyon located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. It includes two separate, captivating slot canyon sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew, which are magical crevasses in rock, split and polished by water and time.
    Horseshoe Bend - is located 8 km downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powel and provides a breathtaking vista of the Colorado River as it wraps around the canyon like a horseshoe.

    Day 6

    Kanab - Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park - Richfield

  • Explore further the wonders of Utah’s national parks:
    Zion National Park – showcases imposing sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, magnificent arches, breathtaking waterfalls and flowing springs. Explore major highlights of the park like the Watchman Trail, Great White Throne (one of the world’s largest sandstone edifices) and the Temple of Sinawava Trail.
    Bryce Canyon National Park - collection of giant natural amphitheaters so distinctive due to enchanting geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lakebed sedimentary rocks. Thousands of delicately carved brilliantly colored spires provide a spectacular and enchanting landscape. Check-out popular stops in the park like Inspiration Point, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and Bryce Point.

    Day 7

    Richfield - Salt Lake City - ldaho Falls

  • After breakfast, proceed to Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital and most populous city. The city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, George Washington Bradley and other Mormon followers. Located in the center of the capital is Temple Square and at its heart is the massive granite edifice of Salt Lake Temple, which was constructed in the neo-gothic style in 1853 and completed only after 40 years in 1893.
    Stay overnight at Idaho Falls where its historic downtown borders the beautiful Snake River and breathtaking falls.

    Day 8

    ldaho Falls - Jackson Hole Town Square - Grand Teton Scenic Float - West Yellowstone

  • Depart from Idaho and cross to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and explore its rustic Town Square, bordered by unique arches made of elk antlers, surrounded by numerous art and photo galleries, bars, restaurants, souvenir and gift shops. A visit to Wyoming will not be complete without exploring the Grand Teton National Park. The Park encompasses most of the Jackson Hole valley with its magnificent massive mountain range, pristine lakes and rivers, and is teeming with flora and fauna. Take the Grand Teton scenic float trip and see unique sections of the Park. Proceed to West Yellowstone and stay overnight.

    Day 9

    Yellowstone (Geyser Country, Yellowstone Lake)

  • Explore Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national Park, which is home to one of the world's largest calderas with over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers and has one of the world's largest petrified forests. The most famous geyser in the park is Old Faithful, so named because of its frequent and predictable eruptions with intervals between 45-90 minutes with an average duration of about four minutes. Another sight to behold is the Grand Prismatic Spring, largest hot spring in Yellowstone and is so named because of its beautiful coloration displaying rainbow-like colors. Pass by Yellowstone Lake, the largest fresh water lake above 7,000 ft. in North America.

    Day 10

    Yellowstone (Grand Canyon, Mammoth Hot Spring) - Bozeman / Seattle

  • After breakfast, continue exploring Yellowstone’s amazing landscape:
    Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – is a 20-mile long canyon, 4,000-feet wide and 1,200-feet deep, providing several vantage points to view the Upper and Lower Falls, plunging steeply into the canyon 308-feet and 109-feet respectively.
    Mud Volcano Area – offers some of the most unique thermal features of Yellowstone with bubbling mud pots and lakes of acid.
    Mammoth Hot Springs – is a large complex of hot springs on travertine formations. As hot water rises through limestone, large quantities of rock are dissolved by the hot water, and a white chalky mineral is deposited on the surface constantly changing the landscape.
    Exit the park through the North entrance and pass by Bozeman, Montana on the way to Seattle, Washington.

    Day 11

    Seattle City Tour (Queen Anne、Pike Place Market、Premium Outlet) Seattle (or Vancouver) International Airport

  • Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the vibrant Pacific northwest city of Seattle:
    Queen Anne - The district’s name derives from the architectural style, typical of so many of the early houses in this area. The historic mansions are home to many of Seattle's economic and cultural elite. It boasts of attractions including Seattle Center, the theatre district, and Kerry Park.
    Pike Place Market – Seattle’s original farmers market, established in 1907 and is called the “the soul of Seattle”. It is home to 200 businesses, and has a fabulous selection of gourmet ingredients, great eateries, has been called the happiest fish market in the world.
    Seattle Premium Outlets – shop great bargains on famous brands like Burberry, Calvin Klein, Armani, Kate Spade, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, etc.

    Day 12

    Seattle (or Vancouver) / Taipei BR 025 01:50 / 05:10+2 or CI 031 02:00 / 06:05+2

    Day 13

    Taipei / Destination