Amtrak Southwest Chief Route

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Chicago-Kansas City-Albuquerque-Flagstaff-Los Angeles

Amtrak Southwest Chief Journey Time: 40+ hours

Amtrak Southwest Chief Departures: Daily Departure

Take in the grandeur of the American West on an adventure between Chicago and Los Angeles. The Southwest Chief runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, through the vast expanse of the fabled American West. You'll be mesmerized by this region's beauty and allure. We'll take you across the mighty Mississippi through eight states — past wheat fields and ranches, missions and pueblos, mountains and deserts. Carving through curving canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself, you'll see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from interstate highways.

Onboard the Southwest Chief, enjoy Superliner Sleeping and Dining Car accommodations and spectacular views from our renowned Sightseer Lounge.

See the Majestic Grand Canyon

Arrive just steps away from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, with Thruway bus connections to the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, AZ. On this century-old railway, you'll be entertained by cowboys, musicians and a mock early 1900s-style train robbery.

Getaway to Santa Fe

The Lamy Shuttle Service meets Southwest Chief trains daily for an easy ride to Santa Fe hotels. Return service to Lamy is also provided. Advance reservations are required.

Amtrak Southwest Chief Trains

Immerse yourself in the stunning geography and iconic images of an old Western. Watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon and set on Sedona’s red cliffs. Discover nature’s breathtaking artistry in the Painted Desert. Retrace the Santa Fe Trail. Glide past expansive plains and cross the Continental Divide to reach the glistening waters of the Pacific.

''This landscape is animate: it moves, transposes, builds, proceeds, shifts, always going on, never coming back…'' - Ann Zwinger

Amtrak Southwest Chief Features & Amenities
  • Checked Baggage Service
Amtrak Southwest Chief Amenities: Amenities Vary by Train.

Train Stations Served by the Amtrak Southwest Chief

Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
Naperville, IL (NPV)
Mendota, IL (MDT)
Princeton, IL (PCT)
Galesburg, IL (GBB)
Fort Madison, IA (FMD)
La Plata, MO (LAP)
Kansas City, MO - Union Station (KCY)
Lawrence, KS (LRC)
Topeka, KS (TOP)
Newton, KS (NEW)

Hutchinson, KS (HUT)
Dodge City, KS (DDG)
Garden City, KS (GCK)
Lamar, CO (LMR)
La Junta, CO (LAJ)
Trinidad, CO (TRI)
Raton, NM (RAT)
Las Vegas, NM (LSV)
Lamy, NM (LMY)
Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)
Gallup, NM (GLP)

Winslow, AZ (WLO)
Flagstaff, AZ - Amtrak Station (FLG)
Kingman, AZ (KNG)
Needles, CA (NDL)
Barstow, CA - Harvey House Railroad Depot (BAR)
Victorville, CA - Amtrak Station (VRV)
San Bernardino, CA (SNB)
Riverside, CA (RIV)
Fullerton, CA (FUL)
Los Angeles, CA - Union Station (LAX)

Amtrak Southwest Chief Route Highlights ''Chicago, Illinois''

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago - Union Station

From the grandeur of Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain to iconic museums and skyscrapers, see for yourself why Chicago was once dubbed “Paris on the Prairie.” Engage in retail therapy on the Magnificent Mile or root for the home team within the friendly confines of famed Wrigley Field.

Chicago will satisfy whatever you hunger for, from hot dogs and deep dish to culture and comedy.

Amtrak Southwest Chief Route Highlights ''Kansas City, Missouri''

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City - Union Station

Discover 19th century Americana at the Arabia Steamboat Museum and 20h century sacrifice at the National World War I Museum. Visit the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District where the American Jazz and Negro Leagues Baseball Museums invite you to see American culture and sport in a whole new light.

Hit the Power and Light District for an energetic mix of shops, bars, restaurants and live entertainment.

Amtrak Southwest Chief Route Highlights ''Albuquerque, New Mexico''

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Wander amid musicians and artisans on the colorful streets of Old Town and shade yourself in the shadow of the 1793 Church of San Felipe de Neri. Soak up the sights, sounds and tastes of the native peoples at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Discover thousands of carved images at Petroglyph National Monument and watch the sky blossom with color during the International Balloon Fiesta.

Amtrak Southwest Chief Route Highlights ''Flagstaff, Arizona''

Flagstaff, Arizona

Look up to star gaze at the Lowell Observatory or head downhill on the slopes of the Snowbowl. Explore ancient pueblos at the Wupatki National Monument. Get your kicks exploring Route 66 nostalgia or set off on a modern ale trail.

Hike and bike amid ponderosa pines or simply breath deep and ponder the natural wonders that stretch out in every direction.

Amtrak Southwest Chief Route Highlights ''Los Angeles, California''

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles - Union Station

What trip to California would be complete without a stop in Tinseltown? Shop with the stars along Rodeo Drive or head to the beaches of Malibu for some serious people watching. For family fun, head out to the historic Santa Monica Pier or the mecca of amusement, Disneyland.

If culture is what you’re after, don’t miss the world-renowned collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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