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How to Stay Entertained on a Long Train Ride

Travel blogger Kelley Ferro recently rode on one of our awesome overnight trains, the Southwest Chief. This epic train connects Chicago and Los Angeles and there's never a dull moment onboard! 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 and even deserts. Despite the distance, Kelley ...

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Best Memorial Day Weekend Getaways

Best Memorial Day Weekend Getaways

Want to get out of town on Memorial Day Weekend? Then book your Amtrak  trip to one of these Americana destinations for a deep dive into military history and remembrance: Washington, D.C. Just hanging out in Washington, D.C., will make you feel patriotic, but this holiday weekend, watch service men and women in uniform march in the National Memorial Day ...

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Historic Number of Communities Celebrate National Train Day

Historic Number of Communities Celebrate National Train Day

Yesterday more than 300 communities across the country celebrated Why Trains Matter at the annual celebration National Train Day. From Albuquerque, N.M, to Longview, Texas, and even New York City, the seventh National Train Day was the largest in history! "Trains have long been important to the growth and prosperity of our nation," says Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman, "and on ...

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Check Out these Mad Men-esque Stations

Check Out these Mad Men-esque Stations

Ever wonder why the Lawrence and Topeka stations in Kansas look so similar? After World War II, the Santa Fe Railway wanted to don a new look, so they reinvested in a few of its stations, including Lawrence and Topeka, by adorning them in a Mid-Century Modern style. Picture the architecture you see in Mad Men, and you’ll get the ...

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Join Amtrak For National Train Day 2014

Join Amtrak For National Train Day 2014

On Saturday, May 10 we expect more than 300 communities to celebrate the seventh annual National Train Day. We’ve been planning this for months, working with elected officials and community leaders to bring the events to life in your communities. We are dreaming big for National Train Day 2014, hoping to see Americans come out in historic numbers at events in all 50 states. That means families, mayors, mechanics, ...

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5 Summer Music Festivals a Train Ride Away

5 Summer Music Festivals a Train Ride Away

Roll in, jam out, and groove away at these five summer music festivals -- just make sure to get there in style with Amtrak. Governors Ball Music Festival Rock out in the city that never sleeps with rockers, Jack White, Vampire Weekend and The Strokes.  Taking over Randall’s Island from June 6 - 8, this grungy ball will be the ultimate ...

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Best Places to Go For Less than $118

Best Places to Go For Less than $118

We’ve all survived the harsh winter together. Now it’s time to celebrate and go somewhere new! Forget the stress of planning a car trip, never worry about the closest gas station, and feel free to use your phone when you travel by train this summer. In fact you can enjoy eating family meals in our dining car and take in ...

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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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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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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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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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