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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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6 Signs Spring Has Sprung on Amtrak

6 Signs Spring Has Sprung on Amtrak

While the East Coast may still be in the tight grips of Jack Frost, the rest of the country is undergoing its Spring thaw. And we have the pictures to prove it! We took to Instagram to grab the best and, yes, brightest of your Spring photos from throughout our 500-destination system. From the crisp blue skies of the Puget ...

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An Insider’s Guide to the Best Sights in Seattle

An Insider’s Guide to the Best Sights in Seattle

Laura Lawson Visconti is a Seattle-based artist, coffee addict and author of Believing is Seeing, a memoir chronicling her battle with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease which is slowly rendering her blind. More than anything, she loves exploring the world, including the sights in Seattle, with her best friend and husband Nick. We caught up with Laura recently to learn ...

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Amtrak Teams with Epic TV for New Extreme Web Series

TJ David, Trent Bona, Caleb Brown and Whit Boucher traveled on the Empire Builder to ski some of the best terrain in the country. Even more awesome? All of it has been captured in a new web series called Storm Cycles for Epic TV and on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #AmtrakSeason! “I love how skiing is so much more than just sliding skis ...

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Why Wes Anderson Rides Amtrak

Why Wes Anderson Rides Amtrak

Director Wes Anderson is known for his unique perspective and signature aesthetic in the films he creates, including The Grand Budapest Hotel, now out in theaters. What few know, however, is that when not behind a camera that perspective is often out the window of a train. “Each trip is its own adventure, and I'm always looking forward to the next one,” ...

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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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How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers

How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers

#AmtrakResidency is happening! What began as a line in Alexander Chee's interview in PEN Ten and was fueled by Twitter, is now an official Amtrak program. As many of you may know by now, our test-run for Amtrak Residency was done by Manhattan-based writer Jessica Gross, whose piece, Writing The Lakeshore Limited was published in February by The Paris Review. What ...

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We’re Rolling: Inside the #AmtrakLive Train

We’re Rolling: Inside the #AmtrakLive Train

#AmtrakLIVE has officially kicked off onboard the Texas Eagle on the way from Los Angeles to Austin. We started our adventure  yesterday in Los Angeles Union Station where Kevin Winston, CEO of Digital LA, led the charge for an impromptu group selfie to rival Ellen’s now-famous Oscar selfie. Even better: You can now follow all of the fun, festivities and ...

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5 Amazing Sights Between LA and Austin

5 Amazing Sights Between LA and Austin

Going from Los Angeles to Austin by train offers travelers some of the most spectacular views of America. From the moment you’re in front of LA’s Union Station, you are greeted by the stunning hub named one of the most beautiful stations in the world. The almost 1,400-mile trip on the Texas Eagle crosses four states--California, New Mexico, Arizona and ...

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Audible’s Top 10 Audiobooks for Train Travel

Audible’s Top 10 Audiobooks for Train Travel

Delving into a good book or magazine is a must when you take Amtrak. But if you want  to enjoy the beautiful scenery at the same time, audiobooks are perfect for train travel! We turned to the editors of Audible for their top 10 audiobooks for your long-distance adventure. They came up with a list that’s bound to keep you ...

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Video Tour of Amtrak Roomette

When you book a ticket on an overnight train, you have the choice to reserve a coach seat or a sleeper car accommodation. For sleeper car customers like travel blogger Kelley Ferro in this video, there are tons of perks! First, you get your own dedicated train attendant to book meal reservations for you, make and take down your bed, carry ...

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All Aboard the #AmtrakLIVE Train

We're going to Austin, Texas! And we're taking 30 of our closest friends with us. Even better: You can follow all of the fun, festivities and photos on our train by using the hashtag #AmtrakLIVE. We're taking a two-day journey from Los Angeles all the way to Austin, Texas, on a special train that includes an exclusive Observation Car and Sleeper ...

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What to Bring on an Overnight Train Ride

You’re the proud owner of an Amtrak long-distance train ticket, and adventure awaits! But before you leave home, here’s what you need to pack for an overnight train ride. Most importantly, bring a photo ID, the rest is all extra! Wear comfortable clothes We're not talking full-on pajamas, but breathable, stretchy clothing will make your ride more enjoyable. If you ...

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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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4 Most Scenic Train Rides

4 Most Scenic Train Rides

There's nothing like scenic train rides to get all your Instagram followers excited! While we think all of our routes are special, there are a few that really take our breath away. Here are the four most beautiful Amtrak trips in the U.S.! Coast Starlight The Coast Starlight connects Los Angeles and Seattle and goes through some pretty amazing terrain (this Instavideo proves it!). When you travel ...

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