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Pharrell Williams Films “Happy” at LA Union Station

It's hard to be unhappy when you watch singer-song writer Pharrell Williams perform his new hit “Happy” from the movie Despicable Me 2. But what makes us straight-up giddy is that the accompanying music video was filmed at our train station in Los Angeles! Last fall, Pharrell filmed a quirky and fun round-the-clock music video throughout L.A., beginning at the ...

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5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

Named one of Amtrak's 10 best places to visit in 2014, Portland, Ore., is dotted with tons of sights (big and small) that are within walking distance of the train station! But to uncover the city's best gems, it takes some insider info from a local. Molly McHugh is an editor with the Daily Dot who's an Oregon native and loyal Pacific Northwest resident who, ...

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Top Picks for Long-Distance Meals on Amtrak

Top Picks for Long-Distance Meals on Amtrak

There’s nothing worse than feeling "hangry" when you’re on the move. So, whether you’re heading home, visiting a friend, or going on a spontaneous weekend trip by train, you’ve got to eat. Luckily, Amtrak has your cravings covered. You can beat your stomach growls with breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, dessert across any of the long-distance train rides. Plus, the ...

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Jackie Kennedy Rides ‘Landmark Express’ in 1978

Jackie Kennedy Rides ‘Landmark Express’ in 1978

Our trains help you make everlasting memories. This Throwback Thursday, we’re reminiscing about an unforgettable train ride from 34 years (and 24 hours!) ago when the Committee To Save Grand Central Terminal fought to keep the memory of the station alive. In an effort to preserve Grand Central’s history, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis traveled from New York City to Washington D.C. ...

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Watch: St. Paul Union Depot to Welcome Amtrak Customers

Customers planning to ride our Empire Builder through St. Paul, Minn., this summer are in for a treat. A total restoration of St. Paul Union Depot (affectionately called "SPUD" by savvy travelers) is now complete, and beginning May 7, Amtrak will begin service to the magnificent building. The service will begin before National Train Day, a free day of family-friendly festivities ...

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The Southwest Chief: Video Tour of an Overnight Train

Travel blogger Kelley Ferro recently trained on one of our awesome overnight trains. Check out her video tour above of the epic Southwest Chief which connects Chicago and Los Angeles! If you don't know anything about the Southwest Chief, it's one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. In fact, it's an overnight train that crosses across the mighty Mississippi River, through eight states and past wheat fields, mountains ...

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How Amtrak Recycles More Than 8,000 Tons of Materials Each Year

How Amtrak Recycles More Than 8,000 Tons of Materials Each Year

In addition to Amtrak’s onboard recycling program, the company saves tons (and we mean TONS) of materials from landfills by actively recycling at our maintenance facilities across the country. We’re proud to say that almost all the materials generated in repairing and refurbishing your trains are recycled. In fact, we’ve got the numbers to prove it! From 2,700 tons of ...

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This Old School Amtrak Art is Awesome

This Old School Amtrak Art is Awesome

Our train trips are known for being the perfect way to spark your creativity. And this Throwback Thursday, we’re taking you to the artsy side of Amtrak way back in the 1970s, when the great Southwest terrain offered more than just views.  It was a source of artistic inspiration! For starters, check out these old school baggage tags that say, "I ...

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Exhibit Train Travels to Topeka

Exhibit Train Travels to Topeka

Fully stocked with Amtrak merchandise and ready to make its third stop of the year, our Amtrak Exhibit Train is all set to head to the sunflower state. For our non-Jayhawks readers, we’re talking about Kansas! This weekend the Amtrak Exhibit Train and the Amtrak Veterans Locomotive will be at the Amtrak Topeka Station on April 12-13 from 10:00 a.m. ...

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The Impact of the Northeast Corridor and Amtrak on the Economy

The Impact of the Northeast Corridor and Amtrak on the Economy

If you’ve ever traveled along the Northeast Corridor (NEC), you’ve seen the diversity of the region come to life. The student taking their first trip, the business traveler taking their umpteenth ride and the family going to Nana’s house,  the 24/7 operation of the NEC is one our riders expect. As a majority owner of the NEC, Amtrak owns and ...

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Baseball Season Means Taking the Train to the Game

Baseball Season Means Taking the Train to the Game

It’s finally spring time which means warmer temps, longer days and baseball! With our 500 destinations, 162 games in the season  and 30 ball clubs across the country, it's safe to say we can take you out to the ball game (sorry, Cracker Jacks not included). Check out our list below to see a few stadiums we travel to. Warning if ...

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Kansas City ‘Embraces Trying Out Big Ideas’, Expert Says

Kansas City ‘Embraces Trying Out Big Ideas’, Expert Says

Last year Matt Staub was brave enough to race an $80,000 Jaguar against our Southwest Chief. It was the ultimate face-off with Matt enjoying the race from the luxury of one of our comfy long-distance roomettes. To say he keeps Kansas City "Team Train" (he even had the support of elected officials!) would be an understatement. So we caught up ...

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From Stations to Slopes: The History of Amtrak Ski Trains

Our Winter Ski Getaway is in its final days, so we’re using this Throwback Thursday to hit the slopes! Long before we tracked a group of brave free skiers through Montana, Amtrak made a business of delivering customers to some of the best ski terrain in the country. Few people know, however, that it all started in 1936 in the ...

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Poetry Genius Shares the Best Train Rhymes Ever

Poetry Genius Shares the Best Train Rhymes Ever

Happy National Poetry Month! As we gear up for #AmtrakResidency, which will give 24 writers the opportunity to work on their projects during inspiring, long-distance train travel, we wanted to join this country-wide celebration and learn a bit more about train poetry. We chatted with Austin Allen, poet, essayist, and founding editor of Poetry Genius, an annotation forum for poetry, ...

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The Best Family Spots in San Antonio

The Best Family Spots in San Antonio

Family vacations are awesome, but they can get pricey. For affordable travel, you can escape the daily routine on Amtrak, where kids ages 2 - 12 ride half off and infants ride for free. Doesn't get much better than that, huh? And if you’re looking for a destination that won’t break the bank either, then take a trip on our ...

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