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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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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 Adventure, Group Travel Edition

Amtrak Adventure, Group Travel Edition

Whether you’re planning a girl’s weekend, school trip or a family reunion, Amtrak group travel is an instant memory maker. We love seeing groups experience the perks of train travel. Honestly, what’s better than enjoying the journey with friends or family? But truth be told, planning the trip can get tricky. To ensure your group travel experience is stress-free, here ...

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Amtrak Red Caps at Your Service

Amtrak Red Caps at Your Service

Whether you’re a solo traveler navigating the station for the first time or a family of five with tons of baggage, everyone could use a hand navigating one of our busier station. That's why we have our Red Cap service - dedicated Amtrak staff you can count on for free baggage handling assistance. In some of our busiest stations (twelve to ...

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An Insider’s Guide to The City by the Bay

An Insider’s Guide to The City by the Bay

Did you know that our thruway bus service can deliver you into the heart of San Francisco from Emeryville or Oakland, stops on the Coast Starlight, California Zephyr, San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor routes? Although we’ve got your transportation needs covered, we wanted to leave the tourism tips to a local. We caught up with Angela Petersen, avid traveler, writer ...

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Your Checklist for Checking In at the Station

Your Checklist for Checking In at the Station

You did it! You finally booked that cross country train trip you've always wanted to take. But now what? How do you go from a packed and ready ticket holder to enjoying views from the observation car? We’re a little different than our friends that soar in the sky. So take a minute to get versed in all the need-to-knows ...

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The Big Easy Made Easy

The Big Easy Made Easy

When we name a train after a city, you know it must be worth the ride. The City of New Orleans travels through the heart of the country from Chicago through Memphis and onto its namesake destination, The Big Easy. Not coming from the Midwest for your Nola adventure? No problem! You can hop on the Crescent from The Big ...

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Train Manners Part II

Train Manners Part II

Amtrak riders travel for all sorts of reasons; trips to the big game, headed back to college, the daily commute, and so on. But one thing is constant, train manners matter. In an effort to limit the side eyes and long sighs (yea we all do it),we once again asked the Amtrak audience from Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to give us ...

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Head Back to School and Save with Amtrak

Head Back to School and Save with Amtrak

We know it's tough being a student. There's new roommates, paper deadlines and decorating your tiny dorm room to worry about. So we've decided to make things easy on you. Sign up for Student Advantage and you'll never have to worry about Amtrak prices. We offer 10 percent off most routes, if you book with a Student Advantage card. Seriously. That means tickets to school, ...

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Amtrak 101: Baggage Policy

Amtrak 101: Baggage Policy

You booked your train ticket and you’re ready to embark on your next (or first, we see you Amtrak newbies) rail adventure. But this question keeps popping up in your head; Can I bring that on the train?  We know the can and can not list can get a little confusing. So we’ve pulled out some Amtrak baggage policy essentials. ...

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Cleveland Rocks, and Here’s Why

Cleveland Rocks, and Here’s Why

King James is taking his talents back to Cleveland and we think you should make a visit too.  A comfy ride on our  Capitol Limited or Lake Shore Limited can easily take you to the birth place of Halle Berry, but to make sure you don't miss out on all things Cleveland, we made this list just for you. 1. Team Cleveland Three ...

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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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Coastie Approved: Next Stop Vancouver!

Coastie Approved: Next Stop Vancouver!

Looking for a new adventure with us? Take our Amtrak Cascades route to the most northern train stop we travel to, Vancouver. Not versed in all things Canada? No, worries we've got your back. Raincouver is a diverse city with tons to do, but we boiled it down to five things you must do when you visit Vancouver. Check it ...

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Kid Travel Just Got More Fun!

Kid Travel Just Got More Fun!

Kids ages 2-12 ride half off on Amtrak, which is all the more reason to plan your next family vacation with us! Looking for a fun way to introduce your little ones to train travel or get them excited about an upcoming trip with us? We've got you covered with an awesome interactive game center online, made to entertain and educate ...

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Comic Con International is Back!

Comic Con International is Back!

With its renowned cultural hot spots, like the 25 museums in Balboa Park, beach side shopping on Coronado Island, and the outstanding views from Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego is always a great getaway destination. But for some superhero sized sight-seeing in San Diego, we recommend traveling on July 24 – 27 for the 45th annual Comic Con International. With ...

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