Short trips

Your Portland Adventure Checklist

Your Portland Adventure Checklist

Gather round Amtrak blog fans, we’re about to take a deep dive into all things Portland. Never thought about visiting PDX? That will likely change after this. We have three routes that pass through this hipster home base every day – Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight and the Empire Builder – and after Ashley of Local Haven dishes about her top spots for ...

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Five Facts About Acela

Five Facts About Acela

If you’ve ever traveled on our Acela Express then you know the #AmtrakPerks are in an abundance. Leg room, quiet car, work space and speed, it’s almost like a tiny piece of travel heaven. We love being your mode of transportation taking you from downtown to downtown between Boston and Washington, D.C. But whether you’re riding Acela for a weekday meeting or ...

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‘Tis The Season: #AmtrakAllTheWay

‘Tis The Season: #AmtrakAllTheWay

At Amtrak we have been connecting friends and families for the holidays for over 43 years. We like to think we know a thing or two about spreading holiday cheer and this year is no exception. That is why we are launching the #AmtrakAllTheWay Instagram contest. We want to do more than just say thanks for choosing us, we want ...

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Amtrak City Spotlight: Oakland, CA

Amtrak City Spotlight: Oakland, CA

Each day, three of our routes – San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and the Coast Starlight – travel to Oakland, a city with grit, heart and a vibrant arts culture. We know this Amtrak served community is great for a weekend or an extended stay but we wanted to hear it from a local. We chatted with Lukas Brekke-Miesner, founder of 38th Notes ...

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Five ‘Trainable’ Bowl Games

Five ‘Trainable’ Bowl Games

December is here and winter is on its way. Which means...holiday shopping, snow ball fights and BOWL GAMES! We’ve been quite vocal about our love for taking you to the game. Remember this and this? Well, just in case you’re new to our blog, here are five bowl games we can take you to. Atlanta: Ole Miss vs. TCU Get ...

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Happy Holidays from America’s Railroad

What's that you hear? It's the sound of Amtrak and our amazing riders spreading holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear! This holiday season we wanted to do more than just say thanks for choosing us. We wanted to take a minute and sing you a holiday tune. So join in and help us welcome in the holiday ...

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Holiday Parades for Your Family

Holiday Parades for Your Family

Good cheer, quality time and memory making with family and friends, that’s what this time of year is all about. We love being your ride any day of the year, but it’s extra special when we can take you to the joys of the holiday season. Earlier this month, we highlighted Thanksgiving Parades across the country. But with the temperatures ...

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EXTRA HELPING OF AMTRAK TRAINS FOR THANKSGIVING

EXTRA HELPING OF AMTRAK TRAINS FOR THANKSGIVING

We know a lot of you have travel planned with us for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday. In anticipation of that, we're adding extra Thanksgiving trains and cars to the busiest portions of our system. If you're traveling with us next week, here's where we've made some additions: Blue Water Service: Connects Chicago,  Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and East Lansing, Mich Carl Sandburg: ...

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Charming Charleston

Charming Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina has quite the reputation. According to Southern Living, Chucktown is "the most polite and hospitable city in America." In addition to the smiles and southern charm, one of America's oldest port cities has some great eats and local attractions. Getting there is easy: Amtrak's Silver Service/Palmetto whisks you away without the hassle of driving or traffic, giving ...

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Four City Pair Amtrak Getaways

Four City Pair Amtrak Getaways

We can all agree that weekend getaways are amazing. They give us an opportunity to discover or in some cases, rediscover a city. They allow us to recharge and relax. It’s easy to wait for the next four-day weekend, but we say why wait? We hand picked four city pairs perfect for a quick getaway. Read fast and book early ...

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Charlotte, N.C., Big City Appeal with Small Town Charm

Charlotte, N.C., Big City Appeal with Small Town Charm

Served by the Crescent and the Carolinian/Piedmont, Charlotte, N.C. gives visitors a nice mix of sports, shopping and family-friendly fun. We thought we knew a lot about Queen City, but after chatting with local blogger, Tamara of Blitz and Glam we found out this charming southern city has a lot to offer Amtrak riders ready for an adventure. Amtrak: How long have you lived in ...

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Amtrak Takes You to the Best Thanksgiving Parades

Amtrak Takes You to the Best Thanksgiving Parades

Who doesn’t love a parade? Celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday with some of the best parades across the country. Our extensive rail network takes customers to more than 500 destinations -- big AND small -- so we’re bound to be headed where you want to go. This Thanksgiving, grab your loved ones and enjoy a family vacation to some of these ...

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Wiz Wit: A New Mom’s Guide to Philly

Wiz Wit: A New Mom’s Guide to Philly

Looking for the perfect weekend getaway for you and the family? We've got two words for you: Brotherly Love.  We caught up with new mom Leslie, the blogger behind And Her Little Dog Too, for a few insider tips on what to see and do on a family-friendly (or kid-free) weekend visit to the great city of Philadelphia. Amtrak: Philly is a ...

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Fall Getaway Inspirations

Fall Getaway Inspirations

Looking for a unique way to experience the splendor of  fall foliage across the country? Look no further than a weekend getaway aboard one of our 30 routes that give you access to the best views North America has to offer. Whether you're headed on a multi-day journey or just hoping on the train for a quick leaf peeping day trip, ...

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Kansas City, a Great American Sports City

Kansas City, a Great American Sports City

With October baseball in full swing we thought now would be the perfect time to show off the sporty side of Kansas City. Let's be serious, we’re kind of on the Kansas City Royals bandwagon like everyone else. But in our defense, the last time they were relevant Bo Jackson wore a baby blue uniform. To get the local sports ...

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