The Auto Train is Even Cooler Than You Think

The Auto Train is Even Cooler Than You Think

Traveling non-stop between Washington D.C. and Orlando, the Auto Train is the only Amtrak service that gets passengers and their cars, motorcycles, small boats, jet skies – you name it! -- to where they want to be. But, news alert: the idea of the Auto Train didn’t actually originate with Amtrak. Here’s the story: In the 1960s, the U.S. Department of ...

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BJ Mendelson Breaks Down the Perks of Long Distance Train Travel

This year for SXSW, a group of tech innovators, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders boarded the Texas Eagle for an inspiring and collaborative ride. The amazing scenery, engaging collaborative environment and the opportunity to explore and be inspired is all part of the Amtrak long-distance experience, but have we mentioned how awesome it is to sleep on a train?  We caught up with social media guru, BJ ...

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Ride To Pride Month 2014

Ride To Pride Month 2014

At Amtrak we believe that diversity isn't limited to respect for our customers, but extends to social responsibility within the communities we serve. That is why Amtrak is a proud annual sponsor of national pride events such as Capital Pride and New York Pride. Ready to celebrate LGBT Pride Month in June with us? We've made planning easy with this list ...

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Eat Here Now: Five Foodie Cities

Eat Here Now: Five Foodie Cities

Hungry? Head to these scrumptious spots in America's top foodie cities, as recently ranked by Conde Nast Traveler... Newport, Rhode Island This seafood sanctuary is a fishmonger’s heaven. Feel as happy as a clam after chowing down at the 78-year-old Flo’s Clam Shack -- or, opt for a more upscale and unique dining experience at the Spiced Pear, which serves wild burgundy escargot and ...

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Style Tips for the Fashion-Forward Traveler

Style Tips for the Fashion-Forward Traveler

We are all about sitting back and enjoying the ride… but, if you’re wondering what to wear, take these style tips from Windsor Hanger, co-founder of the hip college blog HerCampus: “Comfort is key [but] keep it chic - you never know who you’re going to meet!” and get decked out in her favorite train-worthy attires: Cute variation on the sweatshirt from ...

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Check Out these Epic Amtrak Postcards

Check Out these Epic Amtrak Postcards

Back in the 1970s, Amtrak created awesome postcards to highlight our trains, family-friendly service, and the spectacular views from our cross-country journeys. Check out some of the most epic Amtrak postcards that were sold on board and in our stations, as well as gifted to sleeping car passengers for free. Chugging away in the first Amtrak paint scheme, the Coast Starlight made for ...

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Amtrak Honors Armed Forces for Memorial Day

Amtrak Honors Armed Forces for Memorial Day

At 3:00 p.m., local time, engineers will sound the horns of locomotives throughout the Amtrak system in honor of the National Moment of Remembrance. As we help thousands of customers reach friends and family this holiday weekend, Amtrak invites you to join us in remembering and honoring the service and sacrifice of America's armed forces. Today Amtrak proudly employs returning service ...

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5 Awesome National Parks for Summer Vacations

5 Awesome National Parks for Summer Vacations

More than 237 national parks are accessible by our trains. And the summer is the perfect time to explore both American past times! Take advantage of our 50% fares for kids then sit back and relax as we handle all the driving. In fact, we'll even make a few suggestions. Here are our five favorite national parks to visit this summer! 1. Everglades National Park  Bring your ...

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Share Your Great Views from Coast to Coast

Share Your Great Views from Coast to Coast

Our trains can take you to more than 500 destinations across America. Between those small towns and big cities are some great views, and you're not afraid to share them! When a train full of first-time passengers experienced the beauty of the American Southwest recently, they were in awe of the great views. "In the observation car, you just feel like you ...

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Why Joe Biden Thinks America Needs Amtrak

Why Joe Biden Thinks America Needs Amtrak

Earlier this month hundreds of you came out to your local National Train Day celebrations to tell us why trains matter to you. It was an awesome celebration of what connects our communities. But we're not the only ones that think trains matter. U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden, does too! In a feature interview with Arrive Magazine’s January - February 2010 issue, ...

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PHOTOS: Inside the Amtrak Chicago Control Center

PHOTOS: Inside the Amtrak Chicago Control Center

The Windy City is home to one of Amtrak's busiest stations (3.5 million passengers a year!). Throughout our 500-destination system, Chicago is home to most of our long-distance, overnight trains. That makes traffic control along the surrounding railroads a complicated and exciting job. The Chicago Control Center is one of five Amtrak dispatching offices that dispatch 2,500 trains carrying nearly 900,000 ...

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5 Epic Train Trips That Will Totally Inspire You

5 Epic Train Trips That Will Totally Inspire You

Take some advice from these train adventurers. Pack your bags, grab your friends and head to one of our more than 500 destinations across the country. We promise your train trips will be E-P-I-C! The #NerdTrain Adventure When one group of young people came up with a hair-brain idea about meeting in different cities around the country and traveling to them by train, it ...

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Skip The Traffic, Take The Train!

Skip The Traffic, Take The Train!

AAA Travel projects that more than 36 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day and eight in ten travelers will drive to their destinations. That means lots and lots of cars on the road, which sounds like the perfect reason to skip the traffic and take the train. If that doesn't have you convinced, here's five reasons you ...

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How to Stay Entertained on a Long Train Ride

Travel blogger Kelley Ferro recently rode on one of our awesome overnight trains, the Southwest Chief. This epic train connects Chicago and Los Angeles and there's never a dull moment onboard! 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 and even deserts. Despite the distance, Kelley ...

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Carolinian Train Celebrates 24 Years

Carolinian Train Celebrates 24 Years

This week the Carolinian service, which connects New York City and Charlotte, N.C. turns 24! What’s the best way to celebrate, you ask? By traveling on the Carolinian, of course! At the kick-off event of the Carolinian’s ceremonial run, Miss North Carolina, Kelly Fletcher celebrated  with a glass of champagne. And since we're handling the driving, you can still enjoy a beverage from our Cafe Car ...

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