Seven Tips for Your First Cross Country Journey

Gearing up for your first cross country train  journey? Travel blogger Kelley Ferro, who traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles aboard the epic Southwest Chief, has seven tips for getting the most out of your journey! If you don't know anything about the Southwest Chief, it's one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. In fact, this long train ride crosses across the mighty Mississippi River, through eight states and past wheat fields, mountains ...

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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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Team Amtrak: Working to Improve the NEC

Team Amtrak: Working to Improve the NEC

As we’ve previously shared here on the blog, Team Amtrak is actively working to address the capacity and infrastructure issues along the Northeast Corridor (NEC).  If you’re one of the 40,000 daily NEC Amtrak riders, you may be familiar with two  projects in progress— the New Jersey High Speed Rail Improvement Program (NJ HSRIP) and the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel Replacement Project. Recently, Amtrak NEC leaders joined ...

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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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Watch: Dining on a Train

If you have ever experienced one of our cross country trains, even for just a short distance, you know the train is a small community on wheels. As the countryside passes you by, you spend time catching up with family and friends, and many times, spending a good deal of time meeting new people and exchanging stories that you'll likely remember for a ...

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Revenge of the #NerdTrain 2014

Revenge of the #NerdTrain 2014

What’s better than a train trip? How about a train trip with 20 folks who love what you love? What started four years ago as a friendly competition between Matt Johnson and Ashley Robbins, self-proclaimed transportation wonks, has blossomed into a cross country adventure so epic it has its own hasthag. Meet the #NerdTrain, a group of folks traveling by ...

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Happy 40th Adirondack

Happy 40th Adirondack

Today is a great day in Amtrak history, because today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Adirondack! With daily service from New York City to Montreal, this scenic ride is a favorite of city dwellers looking for a little escape, winos looking for a little wine and Canadians. But before we pop bottles and tip our conductor hats, let’s ...

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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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5 Reasons to Ride the Empire Builder

5 Reasons to Ride the Empire Builder

The Empire Builder travels everyday between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. If you're looking for a truly American adventure, the Empire Builder is it! Still need more convincing? Here are 6 amazing things about the Empire Builder route. 1.Dine in Style in Our Dining Car Having a great meal on an ...

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Watch! Meet Real Amtrak Travelers

Remember the last person who sat next to you on a flight? Yeah, we didn't think so. The train is different. For Amtrak travelers it's a true community. Whether you're traveling across the country or to the next town over, train travel brings out the inquisitive nature in everyone. In fact, this couple met on an Amtrak train and eventually got married! ...

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Awesome Shopping Spots A Train Ride Away

Awesome Shopping Spots A Train Ride Away

Venture away from your local mall this summer and explore awesome shopping cities across the country. With your two free carry-on pieces of luggage in tow, we can take you to notoriously amazing shopping hubs like New York City and Los Angeles without breaking a sweat. But don't limit yourself, there's a lot of shopping out there. Here are four more ...

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Wen and Chris’ Excellent Wedding Adventure

Wen and Chris’ Excellent Wedding Adventure

Last week we met Wen Lee and Chris Stratton, newlyweds who decided to put our USA Rail Pass to good use by crisscrossing the country to hold 4 wedding receptions, in 4 different cities, over 30 days. Heading into their third (yes, third!) wedding reception in Boston, we caught up with the couple to hear about their trip aboard the Cardinal ...

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4 Essential Travel Tips for Booking Summer Vacations

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. From the highway gridlock to the heavy luggage, you'll need a vacation from your vacation by the time all is said and done. So skip the headache and explore a cross country train adventure instead. Kids ride for 50% off and we handle all the driving. All. The. Driving. We even make it easy ...

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7 Reasons to Ride the California Zephyr

7 Reasons to Ride the California Zephyr

You can take the California Zephyr any day between Chicago and San Francisco, and catch the scenic sights throughout Nebraska, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Sacramento. But, voted as fan favorite, here are 7 reasons, why you’ll want to book a trip today. 1) It’s the most beautiful, guiding you through awesomely high cliffs of Glenwood Canyon, adorned with aspen and evergreen ...

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