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Your Best Amtrak Quotes

Your Best Amtrak Quotes

Sometimes seeing the beauty of America from the comforts of the train leaves you speechless. The mountains, the connectivity, the wide open spaces, it’s wonderfully overwhelming. But when that moment passes and the words rush to the front part of your mind, that moment, that’s what we like to hear about. Fortunately over the years, we’ve chatted with riders who ...

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Riders Pick Top Places to Visit in 2015

Riders Pick Top Places to Visit in 2015

As we settle comfortably into 2015, we're reminded that a new year means time to discover a new destination. But as we daydream about the next great trip, we began to wonder, what cities do you want to discover this year?  In true Amtrak fashion, instead of wondering we asked on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Here’s what you had to ...

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How to Stay Comfy on the Train

How to Stay Comfy on the Train

It’s a new year, and that means new adventures. With over 500 destinations and an easy-to-use booking app, now is the perfect time to plan that Amtrak adventure or catch up with loved ones across the United States. We don’t know about you, but top on our list of travel priorities is enjoying the journey. Here are our top recommendations ...

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How to Make the Most of Your Amtrak Connection

How to Make the Most of Your Amtrak Connection

You’re on a long-distance Amtrak adventure and have some time before catching your connecting train. What do you do? Make the most of it, of course! We’ve got some tips below for making sure time in between your Amtrak adventures is well spent. 1) Stow your luggage Nothing’s worse than hauling your bag all over town. We’ve got good news: sleeper ...

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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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An Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles

An Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles

Fourth generation Angeleno Natalie James of NJ in LA takes us on a tour through her hometown picks for best places to eat, shop and hang. With fast and easy trips to Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner, it's never been easier to check out La La Land. Let's get started. Amtrak:  Tell us about L.A.: Why should ...

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Amtrak Newbie Toolkit

Amtrak Newbie Toolkit

You just booked your first train trip. Now what? If you’re an Amtrak newbie or know an Amtrak newbie, bookmark this page, because this is your official Amtrak Newbie Toolkit (how’s that for pomp and circumstance?). #TrainManners Yes, they really do exist. Here on the Amtrak blog, we’ve shared #TrainManners lists created by real riders not once but twice. Honestly, ...

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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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