Short trips

Choo Choo Bob Takes a Ride on the Pacific Surfliner

Want to impress the littlest rail fan in your life? Sit down with them and watch this cool video created by the Choo Choo Bob Show. In this episode, Choo Choo Bob and pals visit the Amtrak station in San Diego (better known as the Santa Fe Depot), and take a ride to the beach on what else, the Pacific ...

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Jackie Kennedy Rides ‘Landmark Express’ in 1978

Jackie Kennedy Rides ‘Landmark Express’ in 1978

Our trains help you make everlasting memories. This Throwback Thursday, we’re reminiscing about an unforgettable train ride from 34 years (and 24 hours!) ago when the Committee To Save Grand Central Terminal fought to keep the memory of the station alive. In an effort to preserve Grand Central’s history, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis traveled from New York City to Washington D.C. ...

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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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Poetry Genius Shares the Best Train Rhymes Ever

Poetry Genius Shares the Best Train Rhymes Ever

Happy National Poetry Month! As we gear up for #AmtrakResidency, which will give 24 writers the opportunity to work on their projects during inspiring, long-distance train travel, we wanted to join this country-wide celebration and learn a bit more about train poetry. We chatted with Austin Allen, poet, essayist, and founding editor of Poetry Genius, an annotation forum for poetry, ...

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Fans Pick Best Sights in New York City

Fans Pick Best Sights in New York City

When we chatted with PureWow’s NYC editor to hear her favorite hidden gems in New York City, you responded in a big way. In fact, you had a few suggestions of your own! Using the hashtag #AmtrakNYC you sounded off about the best sights in NYC and a few in the neighboring burrows, too. Your results are officially in! 10. ...

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Why Sports Fans Should Be Game to Visit North Carolina

Why Sports Fans Should Be Game to Visit North Carolina

With National Train Day in North Carolina just around the corner on May 10, we headed to Tobacco Road to talk sports with one of the state's top sports columnists. Luke DeCock has worked in Raleigh, N.C., for The News & Observer since 2000. Over the last 14 years he's covered several Duke-North Carolina games, ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments ...

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Official Rules for the Amtrak Wolves and Admirals Rivalry Train

Amtrak Wolves and Admirals Rivalry Train Official Rules  To enter this Sweepstakes, you must agree to and abide by these Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. You must have Internet access, a valid email address AND A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT to participate. Eligibility: SWEEPSTAKES ...

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Watch! Sit Inside Amtrak’s New Locomotives

Watch! Sit Inside Amtrak’s New Locomotives

In preparation for tomorrow's big news, we're showing you just how awesome our new locomotives are ... from the driver's seat! They'll be powering the trains on our Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston soon. This is a perspective that customers rarely get, but we've been sharing the exclusive footage on our Instagram account all week. For more insider ...

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Where to Go for President’s Day Weekend

Where to Go for President’s Day Weekend

Channel your inner President this month, and travel by train just like some of America's greatest leaders! Even if you don't have a week to take one of our awesome long-distance trains, here are our favorite trips for the long weekend. And with our winter deals in full swing, you'll get tickets at prices even Congress would approve! Washington, D.C.: This ...

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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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7 Reasons Acela is Always the Best Travel Choice

7 Reasons Acela is Always the Best Travel Choice

Little-known fact: We’re the only provider of high-speed rail in the entire country. Our Acela Express service stretches from Washington, D.C., all the way up to Boston and is definitely a fan favorite! From the leather seats to the first class car and lounges, Acela is the definition of riding in style. In fact, last November, Acela ridership even reached the single best day in its 13-year history. With customers flocking to Acela trains, ...

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Four Essential Winter Vacations

Four Essential Winter Vacations

As all travel junkies know, vacations aren’t just for the summer. The colder months are a great time to travel and experience winter vacations that are often off the beaten path. Pair that with some of Amtrak’s awesome deals, and you could have yourself a new winter vacation tradition! Here are the best places to travel for winter! Whitefish, Mont. ...

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History of Lancaster Station

History of Lancaster Station

This Throwback Thursday we’re going all the way back to 85 years ago when the Lancaster, Pa., station opened. It was originally constructed by the Pennsylvania Railroad (yes, that Monopoly square is named after a real railroad) and is about a mile from downtown Lancaster. From its beautiful paned skylight to its Art Deco hanging lights, the brick classical revival ...

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HOW TO TRACK A TRAIN FOR #SB48

HOW TO TRACK A TRAIN FOR #SB48

You already have your push notifications from ESPN, but here’s another essential piece of technology that will help you experience Super Bowl XLVIII like a pro. If you’re traveling to New Jersey, New York or any part of the Tri-State Area for the Super Bowl festivities, you’re going to want to know where your train is. Here’s how to track ...

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10 Best Places to Visit in 2014

10 Best Places to Visit in 2014

Make 2014 the year we retire the term "staycation." Be bold with your family vacations this year. Get out there and see all that this big country has to offer! Here are our top 10 picks for places to visit in 2014. 10. Boston, Massachusetts In 2014, you can get your fill of American history when you visit Boston sights ...

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