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Scenic Tour #7: Southwest ChiefScenic Tour #7: Southwest Chief

Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA

The Amtrak Southwest Chief is a journey of elevations, taking you from the shadows of the highest peaks in Colorado to one of our country's deepest and most expansive landmark — the Grand Canyon.

Once on board, you'll join the historic Sante Fe Trail. Soon the mountains of Colorado will fade as sheer canyon walls dramatically rise up around you. Some passages are only a few feet wider than the train itself.

As you continue into the great Southwest, you'll travel through the famous Raton Pass in the Sangre de Christo Mountains, where you'll be at 7,580 feet the highest point along the route. From there you'll be in New Mexico's spectacular sun-drenched high country, site of the Anasazi ruins from 100 B.C. This is where you may sense the presence of the ancient tribes that once roamed this land, or the Spanish conquistadors who came to conquer it. In Albuquerque, the train stops so you can buy Native American wares that reflect this rich history.

Then it's on to Arizona and some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in existence, including the red cliffs near Sedona and the Continental Divide as the train travels, into. Campbell's Pass.

At Williams Junction, you can transfer to the Grand Canyon Railway's vintage steam train and trace the steep edge of the South Rim for a once-in-a-lifetime view of this natural wonder.

The Southwest Chief is a journey back into some of our country's earliest history. It's a journey you'll savor from the moment you get on board, and one you'll remember forever.

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