Cross country

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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Ride the Rails then the Rides

Ride the Rails then the Rides

Beaches are great and so are music festivals, but if you’re a thrill seeker you may want to kick it up a notch. Lucky for you, we can take you to some of the best amusement parks in the country. If you love riding in the front car and screaming at the top of your lungs, we have the Amtrak adventure ...

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2 USA Rail Passes, 4 Cities and 4 Wedding Celebrations

2 USA Rail Passes, 4 Cities and 4 Wedding Celebrations

Having traveled more than 60,000 miles by rail in the past five years, Wen Lee and Chris Stratton knew when they decided to get married that Amtrak would play a role in their celebration. With family scattered across the country, they decided to combine their wedding and honeymoon into an epic cross country train adventure. As they cross the country ...

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A Quiet, Calm Adventure Is Just What This Artist Ordered

A Quiet, Calm Adventure Is Just What This Artist Ordered

Last month, Katie Rodgers, the illustrator behind the popular blog Paper Fashion, set out on a midnight train to Georgia. For her first overnight train experience she road on our Silver Service from the bright lights of New York City to the hostess city of the south, Savannah, Georgia. When she returned to her home in NYC, we caught up ...

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Breathtaking Views Ahead, Scout’s Honor

Breathtaking Views Ahead, Scout’s Honor

There are 15 long distance routes that crisscross the country connecting our riders to more than 500 destinations. One of those routes, the Southwest Chief, runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles. The Chief offers views of the mighty Mississippi, wheat fields and ranches and carves through canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself. If you are ...

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