Zephyr Route Journeys

Welcome returning and future Zephyr Route Passengers!


Zephyr Route has information below on tours planned or already scheduled.  Train tours feature beautifully restored rail cars (unless otherwise noted) and include a first class dining experience on board. 

  • See the Picture Galleries from past tours for pictures of the cars and tours

  • See the Sample Menus page for examples of the menus of prior tours

Fill in the form on any trip that that you are interested in (either here or within each trip page), and we will reply back to you as quickly as we can by email or phone. 


If you don't hear back from us within 48 hours please call or email us directly.  We sometimes get very busy with online requests so please be patient. For future tour ideas, please inquire.

Tour prices are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen cost changes.  Once you give us a deposit you're protected from any potential price increases. 

AND... All profits go to help fund the Restoration of Silver View!  


          Mike Abernethy


Phone: 630.542.3607


tour options being Researched for September and October of 2021 

  • Denver, CO:   5 Days, 4 nights with a super highlight of riding the ROCKY MOUNTINEER special train between Moab, UT and Denver, CO through spectacular Rockies scenery

  • Red Wing, MN:   3 days, with side trip to Wisconsin Great Northern Tourist line to see Mark Twain Zephyr and ride former Santa Fe El Capatain/Amtrak Pacific Parlor Lounge)

  • Dearborn, MN/Cleveland, OH:   3 days, Visit Greenfield Village in Dearborn and ride Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's former California Zephyr dome lounge car through the National Park.

  • St. Paul, MN:   3 days, Fall foliage in October via Wisconsin and along the Mississippi River

FEEL FREE to browse any of our completed tours from 2019


Friday June 14, 2019

Dining Car One Day Lunch Tour in East Troy & Lake Geneva, WI -


This is a special same day tour that was loved by many a few years ago, and are offering it again

The tour starts with a morning motor-coach from the western suburbs of Chicago, and arrives mid-morning in East Troy, WI.  Lunch is served on a the East Troy Trolley Cars as the train glides through the picturesque Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin.  Motor-coach transportation is provided to Lake Geneva for a relaxing boat ride (optional), and back to the western suburbs by early evening.



Aug 7-11, 2019 - Mile High Colorado Rockies Tour


Sept 1-3, 2019 - Mississippi River Bluffs

TOUR COMPLETED CALL or EMAIL us to get on the list for 2020

Zephyr Route is now taking names for a wait list for this tour from Chicago to Denver, Colorado for a five day (four nights) tour.  This tour is limited to 24 passengers.

This "first time offered" tour includes sleeping on one of two beautifully restored cars both to and from Colorado, and two nights of premier hotel stay in Denver.  The scheduled tours also include riding the Georgetown Loop Railroad, riding the Royal Gorge Railroad, a visit to the Garden of the Gods, and other possible sightseeing in Denver. 


We are excited to offer this tour for the first time in 2019.  Travel by motor coach from St. Charles IL, to Dubuque, IA. Included will be a full afternoon stop in historic Galena,  2 nights lodging in Dubuque,  a complete day of sightseeing aboard the riverboat Twilight, plus so much more. While not a train tour, its sure to interest a number of our prior travelers, and we expect this tour to sell out. 

Visit the tour page for more information and a 4 page downloadable flyer


Oct 4-6, 2019 - Fall in St. Paul Tour


This tour is an annual favorite with many returning each year for the scenic journey through WI and MN.

This tour leaves Chicago at 2:15 PM on Friday; enjoy a wonderful dinner en route; arrives St. Paul at 10:00 PM.  Saturday morning includes a tour of the Twin Cities. Departs St. Paul at 8:00 AM Sunday, for a scenic ride along the Mississippi River with breakfast and lunch along the way. If nature cooperates, there may be the added pleasure of beautiful fall foliage along the way, especially the Mississippi River bluffs between St. Paul and La Crosse.

Additional departing locations include: Glenview, IL - Milwaukee, WI - Columbus,. WI - Portage, WI, Wisconsin Dells, WI


Narration on board many of our rail journeys is provided by Midwest Rail Rangers.  We are proud to have them provide live on-board narration, one-on-one interactions with passengers, custom route guide sheets, custom route guide books for sale, an interactive on-board visitor center featuring information about the route, and even special programs for younger passengers who might be traveling.