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Wen and Chris’ Excellent Wedding Adventure

Wen and Chris’ Excellent Wedding Adventure

Last week we met Wen Lee and Chris Stratton, newlyweds who decided to put our USA Rail Pass to good use by crisscrossing the country to hold 4 wedding receptions, in 4 different cities, over 30 days. Heading into their third (yes, third!) wedding reception in Boston, we caught up with the couple to hear about their trip aboard the Cardinal ...

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Best August Events a Train Ride Away

Best August Events a Train Ride Away

The dog days of summer are upon us, which means festivals across the country are really starting to heat up. Looking to make August a month to remember?  We've got a list of hot tickets items you don't want to miss. So snag your seat, score a deal, and check out these five must-attend August events. NYC Restaurant Week Do you ...

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A Train Soundtrack for Long Distance Travel

A Train Soundtrack for Long Distance Travel

Our California Zephyr, which travels from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., has some of the best views an Amtrak rider could ask for. Most travelers of this route can’t stop snapping photos, and some rail fans might even say you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Truckee River, the Colorado Rockies and Donner Pass from the comfort of our observation car. But ...

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The Absolutely Best Amtrak Love Stories

The Absolutely Best Amtrak Love Stories

It wasn't just the O'Jay's who found train travel to be romantic! Since Amtrak was founded in 1971, we've always been about bringing people together. And why not? Train travel is nostalgic and romantic! From coast to coast, you've shared your travel love stories with us. From whisking significant others away for surprise vacations to meeting a complete stranger who ...

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The Extreme Cross-Country Trip of a Lifetime!

The Extreme Cross-Country Trip of a Lifetime!

Cross-country trips will teach you a lot about yourself--and your relationship with your travel partner. For Jenni and her husband, Matt, a 45-day USA Rail Pass used to travel across America is just what brought them closer. To say they love trains is an understatement: In 2011, they were married in the Norman, Okla., train station. However, in 2012, the recession made ...

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How Her Train Travel Turned into an Unforgettable Adventure

How Her Train Travel Turned into an Unforgettable Adventure

Train travel lends itself to striking up conversations with strangers--and you just never know where it can lead. For Heidi, a loyal Amtrak rider since she was a teenager visiting her grandmother, meeting a stranger she’d never forget, happened a year after graduating high school. Heidi would make routine weekend trips on the Keystone from Boston, Mass., where she lived, ...

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Blogger Hearts Train Travel with Day Trip to NYC

Blogger Hearts Train Travel with Day Trip to NYC

Despite the cold temps, Emily Tharp is up on all the hottest trends. As the the brains (and quick wit) behind the blog Her Philly, Emily keeps readers informed on all there is to do in Philadelphia, including what it's like to ride the train for a day trip to NYC. Shopping, anyone? We got a few minutes with the ...

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Living a Dream on the Sunset Limited

Living a Dream on the Sunset Limited

For some people, riding on one of our long-distance trains is a dream come true. For Shelby, taking in the scenery aboard the Sunset Limited was just part of her adventure. Shelby boarded the train in New Orleans on her way to compete in the USTA National Tennis Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Sunset Limited travels between New Orleans, Lo., ...

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Boston to DC for Spring Break!

Boston to DC for Spring Break!

Kathy wanted to make sure her goddaughter’s 13th birthday would be one for the record books. That's why they rode in style aboard the Northeast Regional from Boston to DC for spring break. “Thanks to Amtrak, the adventure was as much about the transportation experience as the destination,” Kathy says. If we could grant you one birthday wish, which route would ...

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A Train Trip with Many Milestones

A Train Trip with Many Milestones

In honor of her son’s 18th birthday and high school graduation, Jessica and her son boarded Amtrak for a cross-country train trip beginning in sunny Los Angeles, California, and ending in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. White Sulphur Springs is home to the famous Greenbrier resort and is served by the Cardinal, which runs three days a week between New ...

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Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel

The McGinty family rolls deep! What about your family? When nine people needed to get from Austin, Texas, to Chicago for the youngest son's wedding, they hopped on a family adventure aboard the Texas Eagle. The Texas Eagle travels between Los Angeles and Chicago via San Antonio and offers plenty of time to make quality family memories. "What an adventure," ...

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Beauty and Beats on Coast Starlight, Cascades

Beauty and Beats on Coast Starlight, Cascades

Aaron Durand is more than a Twitter guru, he's also a life-long rail fan who recently enjoyed both passions while traveling on our Coast Starlight and Cascades trains. In fact, while friend and fellow photographer Jessica Zollman captured still images on her iPhone, he created this brief but beautiful micro-music video. "A natural byproduct of being a rail fan are tunnels, trestles, and ...

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Random Act of Kindness on Northeast Regional

Random Act of Kindness on Northeast Regional

Stephanie Kaplan, founder of the online community HerCampus, came away from a recent business trip on our Northeast Regional train having seen more than pretty scenery. She also encountered the kindness of a complete stranger ... first hand. "I was doing work calls during my Amtrak train ride, and I looked up to see that another passenger had left this nice ...

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Freedom at Her Fingertips

Freedom at Her Fingertips

Last month, Instagram photographer extraordinaire Jessica Zollman (or @jayzombie) set out on a great Amtrak adventure on the Left Coast. She rode on our Coast Starlight then hopped on the Cascades, learning a thing or two about photographing moving landscapes and even her own ancestry along the way! Jessica served as the Community Evangelist for Instagram for nearly two years and now does ...

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Tiny Tikes Take on the Capitol Limited

Tiny Tikes Take on the Capitol Limited

As a single mom with two kids, Hannah usually has her hands full. But according to her, when she rides from Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago, "Amtrak gives you those extra set of hands you need at times." During their recent journey on the Capitol Limited, they spent time tracking the train's progress on a map, looking out the window, and ...

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