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Your Portland Adventure Checklist

Your Portland Adventure Checklist

Gather round Amtrak blog fans, we’re about to take a deep dive into all things Portland. Never thought about visiting PDX? That will likely change after this. We have three routes that pass through this hipster home base every day – Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight and the Empire Builder – and after Ashley of Local Haven dishes about her top spots for ...

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Five Facts About Acela

Five Facts About Acela

If you’ve ever traveled on our Acela Express then you know the #AmtrakPerks are in an abundance. Leg room, quiet car, work space and speed, it’s almost like a tiny piece of travel heaven. We love being your mode of transportation taking you from downtown to downtown between Boston and Washington, D.C. But whether you’re riding Acela for a weekday meeting or ...

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#AmtrakForward

#AmtrakForward

Amtrak is moving forward and we want you to see it. Today, 18 new baggage cars will leave the CAF USA  facility in Elmira, NY to travel south to our Amtrak Hialeah, FL maintenance facility for final inspection before acceptance. If you’re a train buff like us, you know this is kind of a big deal. That’s why we want your ...

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‘Tis The Season: #AmtrakAllTheWay

‘Tis The Season: #AmtrakAllTheWay

At Amtrak we have been connecting friends and families for the holidays for over 43 years. We like to think we know a thing or two about spreading holiday cheer and this year is no exception. That is why we are launching the #AmtrakAllTheWay Instagram contest. We want to do more than just say thanks for choosing us, we want ...

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Amtrak City Spotlight: Oakland, CA

Amtrak City Spotlight: Oakland, CA

Each day, three of our routes – San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and the Coast Starlight – travel to Oakland, a city with grit, heart and a vibrant arts culture. We know this Amtrak served community is great for a weekend or an extended stay but we wanted to hear it from a local. We chatted with Lukas Brekke-Miesner, founder of 38th Notes ...

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Behind the Scenes with Amtrak All The Way

Behind the Scenes with Amtrak All The Way

We had a lot of fun making our holiday sing-a-long classic with an Amtrak twist. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of all the holiday magic that went down in Washington, D.C.'s union station. Haven't see the video yet? Check it out here and then be sure to enter our Instagram #AmtrakAllTheWay contest to win prizes! (details coming December 15).

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Five ‘Trainable’ Bowl Games

Five ‘Trainable’ Bowl Games

December is here and winter is on its way. Which means...holiday shopping, snow ball fights and BOWL GAMES! We’ve been quite vocal about our love for taking you to the game. Remember this and this? Well, just in case you’re new to our blog, here are five bowl games we can take you to. Atlanta: Ole Miss vs. TCU Get ...

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Happy Holidays from America’s Railroad

What's that you hear? It's the sound of Amtrak and our amazing riders spreading holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear! This holiday season we wanted to do more than just say thanks for choosing us. We wanted to take a minute and sing you a holiday tune. So join in and help us welcome in the holiday ...

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An Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles

An Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles

Fourth generation Angeleno Natalie James of NJ in LA takes us on a tour through her hometown picks for best places to eat, shop and hang. With fast and easy trips to Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner, it's never been easier to check out La La Land. Let's get started. Amtrak:  Tell us about L.A.: Why should ...

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Amtrak Swag: The Perfect Holiday Gift

Amtrak Swag: The Perfect Holiday Gift

It's that time of year. Figuring what presents to buy your friends and family can be daunting, but we're here to help. We raided the Amtrak goodie closet to pick some of our favorite pieces of swag for you to consider gifting the train lovers in your life this holiday season. Want to browse some more? Head on over to ...

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Amtrak Newbie Toolkit

Amtrak Newbie Toolkit

You just booked your first train trip. Now what? If you’re an Amtrak newbie or know an Amtrak newbie, bookmark this page, because this is your official Amtrak Newbie Toolkit (how’s that for pomp and circumstance?). #TrainManners Yes, they really do exist. Here on the Amtrak blog, we’ve shared #TrainManners lists created by real riders not once but twice. Honestly, ...

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Behind the Scenes: Exclusive Amtrak Lounges

Behind the Scenes: Exclusive Amtrak Lounges

Ever wondered what's behind those doors? We're here to take you behind-the-scenes into Amtrak's exclusive Club Acela and Metropolitan Lounges! Available to customers who are riding in first class aboard Acela or have booked sleeping accommodations on one of our long distance trains, our lounges offer some pretty sweet perks: Come lounge with us! Sweatpants optional (but pants mandatory).

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Savannah On Our Mind

Savannah On Our Mind

The next stop on our blog tour of the South leads us to Savannah, Georgia. Our guide today is Autumn Van Gunten, editor of You're Welcome Savannah, a blog that covers Savannah's culture, food and arts scene. Autumn shares her picks to explore for locals and newbies alike: Amtrak: Tell us a little but about what makes Savannah unique? What ...

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Holiday Parades for Your Family

Holiday Parades for Your Family

Good cheer, quality time and memory making with family and friends, that’s what this time of year is all about. We love being your ride any day of the year, but it’s extra special when we can take you to the joys of the holiday season. Earlier this month, we highlighted Thanksgiving Parades across the country. But with the temperatures ...

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Travel Smart: Amtrak Mobile Apps

Travel Smart: Amtrak Mobile Apps

We know our customers are on the move, literally. That is why we've got great mobile apps (available on  iPhone®, Android(TM)and Windows Phone®) that make traveling with Amtrak a breeze.  If you aren’t one of the millions of passengers already using the mobile apps, here is a quick rundown of what you can expect from the Amtrak mobile app: Display Your eTicket: You can show ...

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