Cross country

The Big Easy Made Easy

The Big Easy Made Easy

When we name a train after a city, you know it must be worth the ride. The City of New Orleans travels through the heart of the country from Chicago through Memphis and onto its namesake destination, The Big Easy. Not coming from the Midwest for your Nola adventure? No problem! You can hop on the Crescent from The Big ...

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College Football Season Amtrak Style

College Football Season Amtrak Style

The fall semester is in full swing which means it's college football season! Whether your an undergrad trying to make it to your school's rivalry game or a dedicated alum headed back to your alma mater, we've got your travel needs covered. Want to travel with a group to the big game? We've got room for all of you and ...

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Let’s Huddle: Football Stadiums a Train Ride Away

Let’s Huddle: Football Stadiums a Train Ride Away

If you’re a real football fan, you live by two seasons:  football season and not football season. As America’s Railroad, it should come as no surprise, that we love taking you to see America’s Game.  Whether you responsibly tailgate in our café car, stretch out for a nap or adjust your fantasy team with our free wifi, a train ride ...

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Head Back to School and Save with Amtrak

Head Back to School and Save with Amtrak

We know it's tough being a student. There's new roommates, paper deadlines and decorating your tiny dorm room to worry about. So we've decided to make things easy on you. Sign up for Student Advantage and you'll never have to worry about Amtrak prices. We offer 10 percent off most routes, if you book with a Student Advantage card. Seriously. That means tickets to school, ...

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Long Weekend = Amtrak Adventure

Long Weekend = Amtrak Adventure

The dog days of summer are quickly winding down, but there is still one long weekend before summer officially slips into fall, which means it's time to plan your Labor Day getaway. Now before you grab your car keys and head out on your next adventure, let this act as a friendly reminder that Amtrak serves over 500 destinations, so we ...

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Seven Tips for Your First Cross Country Journey

Gearing up for your first cross country train  journey? Travel blogger Kelley Ferro, who traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles aboard the epic Southwest Chief, has seven tips for getting the most out of your journey! If you don't know anything about the Southwest Chief, it's one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. In fact, this long train ride crosses across the mighty Mississippi River, through eight states and past wheat fields, mountains ...

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Why a Ride on the Texas Eagle Needs to be on Your Bucket List

The Texas Eagle travels daily between Chicago and San Antonio, taking you through major cities from Austin to Dallas. And connecting service between San Antonio and Los Angeles is available three times a week via the Sunset Limited. Here's five reasons you should definitely put this trip on your bucket list! 1. Spot a Historic Town Amtrak's new stop in Hope, Arkansas ...

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Watch: Dining on a Train

If you have ever experienced one of our cross country trains, even for just a short distance, you know the train is a small community on wheels. As the countryside passes you by, you spend time catching up with family and friends, and many times, spending a good deal of time meeting new people and exchanging stories that you'll likely remember for a ...

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Revenge of the #NerdTrain 2014

Revenge of the #NerdTrain 2014

What’s better than a train trip? How about a train trip with 20 folks who love what you love? What started four years ago as a friendly competition between Matt Johnson and Ashley Robbins, self-proclaimed transportation wonks, has blossomed into a cross country adventure so epic it has its own hasthag. Meet the #NerdTrain, a group of folks traveling by ...

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5 Reasons to Ride the Empire Builder

5 Reasons to Ride the Empire Builder

The Empire Builder travels everyday between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. If you're looking for a truly American adventure, the Empire Builder is it! Still need more convincing? Here are 6 amazing things about the Empire Builder route. 1.Dine in Style in Our Dining Car Having a great meal on an ...

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Watch! Meet Real Amtrak Travelers

Remember the last person who sat next to you on a flight? Yeah, we didn't think so. The train is different. For Amtrak travelers it's a true community. Whether you're traveling across the country or to the next town over, train travel brings out the inquisitive nature in everyone. In fact, this couple met on an Amtrak train and eventually got married! ...

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Awesome Shopping Spots A Train Ride Away

Awesome Shopping Spots A Train Ride Away

Venture away from your local mall this summer and explore awesome shopping cities across the country. With your two free carry-on pieces of luggage in tow, we can take you to notoriously amazing shopping hubs like New York City and Los Angeles without breaking a sweat. But don't limit yourself, there's a lot of shopping out there. Here are four more ...

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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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4 Essential Travel Tips for Booking Summer Vacations

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. From the highway gridlock to the heavy luggage, you'll need a vacation from your vacation by the time all is said and done. So skip the headache and explore a cross country train adventure instead. Kids ride for 50% off and we handle all the driving. All. The. Driving. We even make it easy ...

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7 Reasons to Ride the California Zephyr

7 Reasons to Ride the California Zephyr

You can take the California Zephyr any day between Chicago and San Francisco, and catch the scenic sights throughout Nebraska, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Sacramento. But, voted as fan favorite, here are 7 reasons, why you’ll want to book a trip today. 1) It’s the most beautiful, guiding you through awesomely high cliffs of Glenwood Canyon, adorned with aspen and evergreen ...

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