Follow along with the 24 writers selected for the Amtrak Residency.

AMTRAK RESIDENT: Jennifer Boylan

AMTRAK RESIDENT: Jennifer Boylan

Day 0: The Love Train Greetings, culture lovers (as Mr. Know-It-All used to say). I’ll be departing this Saturday, November 1, from Portland, Maine, for 17 days as the second of Amtrak’s “Writers in Residence.” The first resident was the lovely Bill Willingham,  who travelled from Redwing, Minnesota to Seattle and back on the “Empire Builder” in mid October.  He ...

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Train Time is Found Time

What started as a casual mention in an interview and a tweet from a freelancer writer back in December, has turned into a program that Amtrak is truly honored to be a part of. From the tens of thousands of responses on Twitter showing interest in the program, to the more than 16,000 applications we received. We couldn't be more excited to have our 24 writers who will participate in this ...

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Amtrak Takes You to the Best Thanksgiving Parades

Amtrak Takes You to the Best Thanksgiving Parades

Who doesn’t love a parade? Celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday with some of the best parades across the country. Our extensive rail network takes customers to more than 500 destinations -- big AND small -- so we’re bound to be headed where you want to go. This Thanksgiving, grab your loved ones and enjoy a family vacation to some of these ...

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Amtrak Adventure, Group Travel Edition

Amtrak Adventure, Group Travel Edition

Whether you’re planning a girl’s weekend, school trip or a family reunion, Amtrak group travel is an instant memory maker. We love seeing groups experience the perks of train travel. Honestly, what’s better than enjoying the journey with friends or family? But truth be told, planning the trip can get tricky. To ensure your group travel experience is stress-free, here ...

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Wiz Wit: A New Mom’s Guide to Philly

Wiz Wit: A New Mom’s Guide to Philly

Looking for the perfect weekend getaway for you and the family? We've got two words for you: Brotherly Love.  We caught up with new mom Leslie, the blogger behind And Her Little Dog Too, for a few insider tips on what to see and do on a family-friendly (or kid-free) weekend visit to the great city of Philadelphia. Amtrak: Philly is a ...

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Fall Getaway Inspirations

Fall Getaway Inspirations

Looking for a unique way to experience the splendor of  fall foliage across the country? Look no further than a weekend getaway aboard one of our 30 routes that give you access to the best views North America has to offer. Whether you're headed on a multi-day journey or just hoping on the train for a quick leaf peeping day trip, ...

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#AcelaRoot100: Enter to Win!

#AcelaRoot100: Enter to Win!

  At Amtrak, we believe in acknowledging the many great leaders who ride our rails every day to move their dreams forward. That’s why we’re proud to announce that Amtrak is the official transportation sponsor of The Root 100. The Root 100 is an event dedicated to recognizing standout leaders, innovators and culture shapers in the African American community. Featured ...

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Chief Hanson Shares Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Chief Hanson Shares Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

With the busy holiday travel season around the corner, we sat down with Amtrak's Chief of Police Polly Hanson to get her insight on staying safe on the rails. Chief Hanson heads the Amtrak Police Department (APD), which is charged with protecting Amtrak passengers, employees, facilities and equipment. Whether it's with K9 teams or uniformed officers or plain clothes officers, APD conducts counter surveillance, random passenger ...

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Kansas City, a Great American Sports City

Kansas City, a Great American Sports City

With October baseball in full swing we thought now would be the perfect time to show off the sporty side of Kansas City. Let's be serious, we’re kind of on the Kansas City Royals bandwagon like everyone else. But in our defense, the last time they were relevant Bo Jackson wore a baby blue uniform. To get the local sports ...

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Amtrak Resident: Bill Willingham

Amtrak Resident: Bill Willingham

The Amtrak Residency Thing: On Departing It's 8:12 on Saturday night. I'm in the tiny but picturesque Amtrak station in Red Wing, Minnesota, waiting for the 8:49 Empire Builder, bound for St. Paul, Fargo, and other parts west. I'm anticipating a fine two days or so of writing, napping and riding, all on Amtrak's generous  dime. The Roomette and meals are ...

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Baltimore’s Best: Foodie Edition

Baltimore’s Best: Foodie Edition

We caught up with Baltimore foodie, recipe creator and seventh generation Baltimorean Rachel Rappaport for insider tips to great restaurants in Charm City, as well as homemade creations that reflect the city’s unique Mid-Atlantic flavors. Want to plan your own Baltimore foodie adventure? Book 14 days in advance aboard the Northeast Regional and save 25%, which will leave you plenty ...

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California Vintage

California Vintage

Dreaming of California sunshine with a glass of wine in your hand? We've got you covered. Located near Amtrak stops on the Pacific Surfliner, it’s never been easier to plan a wine weekend getaway or a full-on vacation to the West Coast. First stop, scenic San Louis Obispo. Meze Wine Bar’s warm brick interior welcomes you as you sample wines ...

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Amtrak Red Caps at Your Service

Amtrak Red Caps at Your Service

Whether you’re a solo traveler navigating the station for the first time or a family of five with tons of baggage, everyone could use a hand navigating one of our busier station. That's why we have our Red Cap service - dedicated Amtrak staff you can count on for free baggage handling assistance. In some of our busiest stations (twelve to ...

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Travel Tips for Stress-Free Thanksgiving Travel

Travel Tips for Stress-Free Thanksgiving Travel

Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? It's our busiest time of year at Amtrak and tickets sell out early, so first and foremost make sure to book your ticket as soon as possible.  Once that's done, all you need is a few travel tips to ensure that your Thanksgiving travel experience is stress-free. Follow these 10 Thanksgiving travel ...

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Richmond: Your Perfect Fall Destination

Richmond: Your Perfect Fall Destination

With perfect fall weather upon us, Richmond, VA is a city you need to add to your fall destination list. Served by three Amtrak routes –Northeast Regional, Carolinian, Silver Service/Palmetto—this Virginia city is ideal for outdoorsy fitness folk looking for a new adventure. We caught up with Liz Parent, a local Richmond blogger, to learn more about the healthier side ...

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