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

Top Spots Along Amtrak’s Empire Builder Route

Top Spots Along Amtrak’s Empire Builder Route

Nature is known to be a show off, but along the Empire Builder she's pulled out all the stops. For those of you looking for an Instagram-worthy adventure, Amtrak's Empire Builder takes you on an adventure through Big Sky Country to the picturesque Pacific Northwest with stops in between sure to satisfy the outdoorsy and homebody alike. We've recapped a few ...

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‘Enthusiastic, Diverse and Evolving,’ Meet the Real St. Louis

‘Enthusiastic, Diverse and Evolving,’ Meet the Real St. Louis

Take a second and think about St. Louis. What comes to mind? The Arch, the Cardinals, Nelly’s Country Grammar? Now forget all of that and get ready to be updated on all things St. Louis. By now, you know we love chatting with locals. What better way to prepare for an Amtrak ride to a new city than to get the ...

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B&B’s Along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor

B&B’s Along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor

It’s time for a weekend getaway, and you’re looking for something new. Nice hotels are well, nice, but sometimes it feels good to support local businesses who can give you an insider’s view of a town you’ve never been to before. We researched some bed and breakfast spots along the Northeast Corridor that would be perfect for a weekend adventure ...

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AMTRAK RESIDENT: Lisa Schwarzbaum

AMTRAK RESIDENT: Lisa Schwarzbaum

Entry 1 "Are you The Writer? Someone said there is a writer on this train, so be on your best behavior.”  --delightfully pleasant dining-car attendant, Capitol Limited, serving me oatmeal and Amtrak coffee somewhere near Waterloo, Indiana, Wednesday, January 21, 6:53 a.m. Yes! Me! I am The Writer! This is my #Amtrakresidency! And I feel as honored as Meryl Streep ...

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The Secret Life of Trains

The Secret Life of Trains

Ever wondered where your train goes when you’re not on it? Ivy City! Our maintenance facility located just outside Washington, D.C.'s Union Station is home to hard working men and women dedicated to ensuring that your ride is in tip top shape, whether it's mechanical engineering or clean carpets. Transporting millions of people a year means serious maintenance and preventative ...

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Your Best Amtrak Quotes

Your Best Amtrak Quotes

Sometimes seeing the beauty of America from the comforts of the train leaves you speechless. The mountains, the connectivity, the wide open spaces, it’s wonderfully overwhelming. But when that moment passes and the words rush to the front part of your mind, that moment, that’s what we like to hear about. Fortunately over the years, we’ve chatted with riders who ...

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Amtrak Design Guru Gives Us the Inside Scoop on Uniforms

Amtrak Design Guru Gives Us the Inside Scoop on Uniforms

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Amtrak (besides gorgeous views and adventure, of course)? The iconic conductor’s hat! It’s the signature item in Amtrak’s Uniform Program. To find out more about Amtrak’s uniforms we spoke with award-winning fashion-forward Tom Wiley, the creative genius behind Amtrak’s sweet style. A forty year veteran of Amtrak, Tom’s been ...

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Riders Pick Top Places to Visit in 2015

Riders Pick Top Places to Visit in 2015

As we settle comfortably into 2015, we're reminded that a new year means time to discover a new destination. But as we daydream about the next great trip, we began to wonder, what cities do you want to discover this year?  In true Amtrak fashion, instead of wondering we asked on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Here’s what you had to ...

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Traveling Photographer Brian Green’s Epic Amtrak Adventure

Traveling Photographer Brian Green’s Epic Amtrak Adventure

While scrolling through Instagram the other day, we discovered the work of travel photographer Brian William Green whose gorgeous photos really stood out. Curious, we reached out to the talented photog to learn more about his creative Amtrak adventure. Amtrak: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Brian Green: I am a traveling photographer. My work focuses on capturing ...

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Amtrak K-9 Units Fight Crime (and Cold)

Amtrak K-9 Units Fight Crime (and Cold)

It all started in Amtrak's Boston South Station when WCBV news anchor Frank Holland spotted Cruz, an Amtrak Police Department K-9 all prepped for the cold weather -- in booties! After tweeting the adorable picture below, ABC News followed up with a story on Cruz and Amtrak's effort to keep paws toasty in these Nike-designed K-9 kicks. Since there's nothing cuter than a furry crime fighter in booties, ...

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USA WARRIORS TRAIN TO THE GAME

USA WARRIORS TRAIN TO THE GAME

Recently, we had the privilege of taking USA Warriors Hockey Program members, Christina Gardner and John Giasullo, to Washington, DC to participate in the USA Warriors Game Powered by Amtrak. The USA Warriors Game, which took place on the same ice as the NHL Winter Classic, worked to honor wounded military personnel and their service to our country. During the ...

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Northeast Corridor Website Now Live

Northeast Corridor Website Now Live

Today, we debuted the Northeast Corridor website, a site focused on providing information about the critical infrastructure projects along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). If you are a frequent Amtrak blog reader or one of the 40,000 daily Amtrak riders that travel along the NEC, you know more investment is needed to meet the growing passenger demand in the region. While we’ve ...

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January Events Only A Train Ride Away

January Events Only A Train Ride Away

The holidays are over but that doesn’t mean the fun stops. The new year is here and everybody loves a good Amtrak adventure. If you’re like us, you’re all set to plan your next fun weekend. Lucky for you, we pulled together some sweet events perfect for a quick weekend getaway or an extended stay. Enjoy! Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival ...

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How to Stay Comfy on the Train

How to Stay Comfy on the Train

It’s a new year, and that means new adventures. With over 500 destinations and an easy-to-use booking app, now is the perfect time to plan that Amtrak adventure or catch up with loved ones across the United States. We don’t know about you, but top on our list of travel priorities is enjoying the journey. Here are our top recommendations ...

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How to Make the Most of Your Amtrak Connection

How to Make the Most of Your Amtrak Connection

You’re on a long-distance Amtrak adventure and have some time before catching your connecting train. What do you do? Make the most of it, of course! We’ve got some tips below for making sure time in between your Amtrak adventures is well spent. 1) Stow your luggage Nothing’s worse than hauling your bag all over town. We’ve got good news: sleeper ...

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