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The Absolutely Best Things to Do in New York

The Absolutely Best Things to Do in New York

Our trains can take you straight to the center of New York City, but what you do when you get there is completely up to you! And with more than 9 million passengers coming and going from New York Penn Station each year, we get the feeling you're finding plenty to keep you busy in the Big Apple. To make ...

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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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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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5 Best Things to Do in Austin

5 Best Things to Do in Austin

Whether you’re in the Texas capital for the tech and music festival SXSW or for vacation, there’s always plenty of things to do in Austin. Known as the live music capital of the world, Austin is also a foodie’s haven and a high-tech hub. Best of all? We can get you there on our Texas Eagle train! With so many options of ...

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How to Cancel a Train Reservation during Severe Weather

How to Cancel a Train Reservation during Severe Weather

Thanks to Mother Nature our service is experiencing some disruptions. If your train has been affected, here’s what you need to know! First, we apologize for the inconvenience. We know you have important places to be and people to see, and we’re sorry that our service isn’t running as planned. If you have paid but choose not to travel due ...

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Free Amtrak Wi-Fi Added to Midwest Trains

Free Amtrak Wi-Fi Added to Midwest Trains

We know you love to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey when you ride our trains. So beginning today, we’re offering free Wi-Fi service on eight Midwest corridor trains, with the help of Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan and Illinois Departments of Transportation. You can check if your favorite train or nearest station has WiFi here. “We continually look for ways to improve the ...

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Amtrak Apps at Your Service

Amtrak Apps at Your Service

We know our customers love our Amtrak apps, more than 3.5 million downloads worth, that's why we are always looking for ways to improve them. The iPhone® and Android(TM) apps are now updated to improve the customer experience and with the recent release of the Amtrak Windows Phone® app we now have Amtrak apps available on all three mobile platforms. “We ...

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Amtrak Riders’ Best Travel Tips

Amtrak Riders’ Best Travel Tips

We turned to  seasoned Amtrak riders for their best travel tips--and they delivered some helpful advice! From offering the best route for a first-time rider to what to do once  you're on the train, this list will come in handy any time you ride the train to one of our more than 500 destinations. 7.  "It's a lot cheaper than air travel. ...

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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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Fans Pick Best Places to Visit in 2014

Fans Pick Best Places to Visit in 2014

When we vowed to retire the term “staycation” in 2014, you responded in a big way. Hundreds of you shared all the best places to visit by train in the New Year using the hashtag #Amtrak2014, and we’re excited to announce that the results are in! Here are the top 10 places Amtrak fans & followers are going in 2014: ...

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How To Bring Skis on Amtrak

How To Bring Skis on Amtrak

Thanks to our #AmtrakSeason athletes, who took a cross-country trip to some of the U.S.’s most thrilling ski destinations, we’ve got a step by step guide for how to travel with your skis on Amtrak. Unlike the trunk of your car, our trains have plenty of room to accommodate your ski equipment. We allow snow skis, snowboards, poles, boots and ...

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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 Tips for Traveling to #SB48

10 Tips for Traveling to #SB48

The Broncos and Seahawks are busy getting ready for their trip to the Tri-State Area for Super Bowl XVLIII. Now it's your turn!  Here's what you need to know to travel to the Super Bowl festivities! Get ready, we see some awesome #SuperMemories in your future. 1. Plan Ahead The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee has been planning for nearly ...

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How to Get Text Alerts for Your Train

How to Get Text Alerts for Your Train

When you book a ticket, you have the option to receive text alerts straight to your mobile device. These alerts send updates of delays right to the palm of your hand. Here's how text alerts work: When you book your tickets at Amtrak.com, click to receive text alerts and put in the number to the phone you will be traveling ...

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Amtrak Winter Storm Preparation

Amtrak Winter Storm Preparation

Up and down the Northeast Corridor we are making preparations for potential impacts from the pending winter storm. Here is what we are doing to prepare: Severe Weather Command Center Activated – Amtrak’s multi-departmental Severe Weather Command Center has been activated at the Consolidated National Operations Center in Wilmington, Del. From this facility, a task force is monitoring the latest weather ...

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