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

Amtrak 101: Weekend Adventure Edition

Amtrak 101: Weekend Adventure Edition

While a lot of travel options take time and some major pre-booking to plan, one of the perks of train-ing is that you can hop on at a moment's notice. Scroll through the slide show above to see how easy it is to book, relax, and enjoy the ride to your favorite destination for a perfect weekend adventure.

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Four Summer Vacation Destinations

Four Summer Vacation Destinations

Yesterday was the official start to spring (finally). But while we’re ecstatic to have wind chills in our rearview, we already have our eyes set on summer and the Amtrak adventures that come along with it. With over 500 destinations, narrowing it down to one or two cities can be a challenge. That’s why we pulled together a quick list ...

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5 Ways To Rock the Observation Car

5 Ways To Rock the Observation Car

There are many reasons why train travel is simply the best. The relaxed pace, plenty of room to roam, and the views. Oh, the views. There are many things you can't see from 30,000 feet. A bird's eye view of the Rockies is picturesque, but winding through snow-capped valleys alongside running streams, log cabins and wild life is seeing them ...

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AMTRAK RESIDENT: Farai Chideya

AMTRAK RESIDENT: Farai Chideya

Right now I'm listening to the whistle of an approaching train, and the laughter of 'tweens a couple of roomettes down the hall. They're adorable, part of an extended family traveling together -- three girls and two women who give off an auntie/Godmomma vibe -- a little permissive, but definitely in control. A different pair of women wait in matching ...

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AMTRAK RESIDENT: Ksenia Anske

AMTRAK RESIDENT: Ksenia Anske

March 16: Adventure! Adventure! I’m going on an adventure! I was so excited to leave on my Amtrak Residency trip that instead of taking ample time to sleep in (and that is after two weeks of running on no sleep to finish a book), I woke up at 6 a.m. I hugged the pillow for another hour and a half and then ...

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AMTRAK RESIDENT: Jeffrey Stanley

AMTRAK RESIDENT: Jeffrey Stanley

Day 1 3/11/15 Today I set out to ride the rails and write.  Philly to DC to board the Capitol Limited overnight to Chicago, then the California Zephyr to San Francisco and back. I'm presently cruising along the Potomac as night falls.   Mainly I'll be working on a polish of a screenplay, working title LITTLE ROCK, a bio pic of ...

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Your Local-Approved Guide to Food in NYC

Your Local-Approved Guide to Food in NYC

If food is always in the forefront of your mind when you think about going to New York City, you’ll want to bookmark this page. That’s right foodies, put that fork down we’re taking a ride to NYC.  Whether you’re planning your first or fiftieth Amtrak trip the Big Apple you know food decisions can get tricky. So. Many. Choices. ...

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5 Ways to Ride

5 Ways to Ride

There are many ways to make your own Amtrak adventure. Whether it's a trip with your friends you've been planning for months, or a spur-of-the-moment trip to NYC after brunch, we can be your ride to just about anything or anywhere. So where do you get started? A quick guide: 1) Online: Booking a ticket online is easy. Simply go to www.amtrak.com ...

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D.C., You’ve Got Style

D.C., You’ve Got Style

Monuments, museums and go-go -- three things that might pop in your head when you think of Washington, D.C. But after reading what local style blogger Andrea Browne of Stylin' & Profilin' had to say about the emerging style culture in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia), you just might add stylish to the list. Served by six routes, D.C. is a mid-Atlantic city ...

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March’s Train-Worthy Events

March’s Train-Worthy Events

Do you hear that? Those are the birds chirping and  flowers blooming because spring is finally here! Ok, slight disclaimer, spring isn’t here yet and most likely won’t show up (we’re looking at you New England) for awhile. But that won't dull our excitement for warmer days saturated with sunny skies. March means spring break fun and the beginning of ...

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Meet the Brooklyn Artist Behind the Barclays Center Acela Mural

Meet the Brooklyn Artist Behind the Barclays Center Acela Mural

Visitors to the Brooklyn Barclays Center may have noticed a bold new addition to the lobby. Ukrainian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Misha Tyutyunik’s latest mural features iconic Brooklyn scenes and culture framing a fast-moving Acela as it zooms through NYC carrying passengers to long-distance loves, fun events, business meetings or just the daily commute. How does this Pratt Institute graduate describe ...

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Instagram-worthy Sights Along the California Zephyr

Instagram-worthy Sights Along the California Zephyr

Our most popular long-distance route is the California Zephyr, and we've decided to take you on a visual tour of Instagram-worthy sights as it winds its way from Chicago to just outside San Francisco. There's plenty to see along the way, from the snow-capped Sierra Nevada to the stunning Colorado Rockies, sunrises and sunsets will never be the same once ...

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One Mom’s Reason to Ride

One Mom’s Reason to Ride

Traveling from ‘Penn to Penn,’ that’s what Rachael likes to call it when she and her 3-year-old daughter (pictured left) hop on our Northeast Regional or Acela and take a train ride to visit out of town family. As frequent riders, Rachael and her little one are well-versed in #AmtrakPerks, “Snacks on board are a perk we enjoy,” she says. “No ...

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Discover Terrific Tucson

Discover Terrific Tucson

We caught up with Tucson local Julie Reed of Tucson In Style and got the inside scoop on why The Old Pueblo is worth a visit. Amtrak: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to blog about Tucson. Julie: I moved to Tucson for graduate school and fell head over heels in love with this place. ...

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Sleeping Accommodations Part 2: Family Bedroom vs. Bedroom Suite

Sleeping Accommodations Part 2: Family Bedroom vs. Bedroom Suite

Last week, it was all about the roomette vs. the bedroom. This week, we’re continuing our Amtrak sleeping accommodations tutorial with Part II:  Family Bedroom vs. Bedroom Suite. If you’re planning a trip with your family or a mini group trip for spring break, read on and find out which room is best for your Amtrak adventure. Family Bedroom Spanning ...

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