• 5 Awesome National Parks for Summer Vacations

The Empire Builder has two dedicated stops that provide access to Glacier National Park

5 Awesome National Parks for Summer Vacations

More than 237 national parks are accessible by our trains. And the summer is the perfect time to explore both American past times! Take advantage of our 50% fares for kids then sit back and relax as we handle all the driving. In fact, we'll even make a few suggestions. Here are our five favorite national parks to visit this summer!

1. Everglades National Park 
Bring your binoculars because this park is a bird watching paradise! Everglades National Park boasts the title of largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is home to many endangered and rare species including the manatee and the Florida panther.
Route: Silver Service

2. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 
With more than 15 miles of lakeshore access to Lake Michigan, this park is a perfect warm weather getaway for the entire family. Enjoy hiking over the 45 miles of trails or cool off in the pristine waters of Lake Michigan. Be sure to bring a picnic basket, this park is perfect for an all day adventure.
Route: Michigan Services

California Zephyr3. Rocky Mountain National Park 
With elevations reaching more than 14,000 feet you'll feel on top of the world at Rocky Mountain National Park. Split by the Continental Divide, the eastern side of the park is arid and mountainous while the western side is heavily forested. Be sure to have your cameras ready because the park is inhabited by many species of wildlife from mule and deer to eagles.
Route: California Zephyr

 

 

4. Glacier National Park
Explore the splendor of the American West from the comfort of our observation car before stepping off the train into a park made to preserve over a million acres of lakes, rugged peaks and forests. Glacier National Park boasts more than 700 miles of trails and has a dedicated stop along our Empire Builder route nestled in the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Route: Empire Builder

5. Yosemite National Park
Known for its waterfalls, this park encompasses nearly 1,200 square miles, which include valleys, lush meadows, giant sequoias and vast wilderness areas. Plan to spend the night in one the of the park's many campsites or opt for a deluxe room at the The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park's four diamond hotel.
Route: San Joaquin

What national park will you visit this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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JeremyMcCracken
JeremyMcCracken

I had made a trip from Dallas, Texas to Madison WI. I lived in Texas and my car was in Wisconsin broke because I hit a year earlier. I was only needing a one way ticket because I planned to fix the car and drive it to Texas. I looked at flights and they were so expensive. So I had never rode Amtrak before so I looked up online some options. I ended up getting a spot in the sleeping car. I was so amazed at the accommodations I thought I was just going to be sitting with a bunch of people. I had no clue I would get 3 square meals also. I loved meeting the people at meals and the nice people in the observation car every morning. Watched a few sunrises as well as sunsets from that seat. I have told so many people how much I loved that trip. Also when I arrived in Wisconsin I did fix my car and drove it home to Texas. The train ticket cost me a shade over $200 and was very reasonable. Thank you for a great memory.

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