Finding Commonalities

Earlier this spring, award-winning author, journalist, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's journalism institute, Farai Chideya embarked on a cross-country train trip. As part of the inaugural Amtrak Residency program, Farai swapped out her stationary office for scenic views, a mobile work space and the one of a kind experience of writing on a long-distance train. While on ...

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Portland: Authentic By Nature

Portland: Authentic By Nature

As we pack away the winter coats and store the snow shovel for another season, we think the perfect way to welcome spring is with a weekend getaway to someplace new. Nestled along beautiful coastline, Portland, Maine offers all of the sophistication of a big city with the comfort only found in close knit communities. In just under three hours, you can ...

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#500Destinations Waiting To Be Explored

#500Destinations Waiting To Be Explored

It is always a great time to start planning your next adventure. But before you grab your car keys, let this act as a friendly reminder that Amtrak serves over #500destinations, so we are bound to be headed where you want to go. Still need a little convincing? First, start by skipping the next gas station or 100. That windshield ...

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Real Riders Tell Us Their Top Travel Essentials

Real Riders Tell Us Their Top Travel Essentials

Everyone has their travel routine. Especially our frequent travelers (we’re looking at you Amtrak Guest Reward members). But when you’re packing for your day, weekend or extended stay trips, what are your travel must-haves? We asked Amtrak riders to tell us their travel essentials. Here’s what they had to say: “An open mind and the excitement of a child! Where ...

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Amtrak: Keeping America Running Green

Amtrak: Keeping America Running Green

This Earth Day, we're celebrating a milestone achievement for Amtrak's sustainability program -- a score of 96B on our climate change submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable solutions for our everyday operations is a top priority at Amtrak. Here are 8 important facts on how we do just that: 1) Amtrak is 11% more energy ...

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Virginia is for Food Lovers

Virginia is for Food Lovers

 We caught up with Richmond, Va. local Bethany Frazier of the local food and culture scene blog Grub Like a Girl to get the scoop on why a trip to Richmond is a must-do. "When I moved to Richmond in 2011, I felt a little out of place, but at the same time I quickly fell in love with its ...

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#ReasonstoRide: A Celebration Across the Nation

#ReasonstoRide: A Celebration Across the Nation

Since day one we've taken our mission of moving America where it wants to go seriously. It is why we serve 500 destinations along more then 21,000 miles of track, connecting the country from sea to shining sea. But Amtrak is about more than just getting from point A to point B safely. It is about what happens while you are ...

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Four Tips for Headache Free Amtrak Planning

Four Tips for Headache Free Amtrak Planning

We know the best part of the trip is the journey. We also know that going from I want to take a trip to taking the trip can be, well...sometimes a bit of a headache. So with summer time travel right around the corner we want to make sure the planning part is seamless. That’s why we pulled together a few ...

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Spelman College Student Shares Her Amtrak Journey

Spelman College Student Shares Her Amtrak Journey

Last month, 30 students from Spelman College traveled on the Crescent from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. as part of a partnership with Amtrak.  The students met with Spelman alumni, toured Capitol Hill and even met with Amtrak staff. We recently chatted with Briana, a junior comparative women studies specialization in mass communications and production major at Spelman to find out ...

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A Look Behind:  A Photo Essay

A Look Behind: A Photo Essay

Judging by your beautiful Instagram shots, one of our riders' favorite #AmtrakViews is out the back of the last car of the train -- you know, that iconic shot of the rails receding into the distance as the train speeds towards adventure. Traveling photographer Brian Green took these from the back of the California Zephyr as he made his way ...

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Upgrades to AmtrakConnect

Upgrades to AmtrakConnect

We are always looking for ways to make Amtrak the smarter way to travel, which is why we’re excited to share that we recently gave our AmtrakConnect page an upgrade. If you haven’t noticed yet, here’s what you can expect: Track a Train Our interactive tracking tool gives riders real-time information and ETAs  for their train. That means riders can better ...

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Amtrak Train Days 2015

Amtrak Train Days 2015

After seven years of National Train Day, a one day only event, we've decided to switch it up for 2015. This year, we're turning a one day celebration into a multi-month celebration across the nation. Meet Amtrak Train Days! Amtrak Train Days isn't simply a celebration of the trains we run, it’s a celebration of the communities and people we connect across our more ...

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A Fellas Style Guide to Philly

A Fellas Style Guide to Philly

Sometimes riders embark on a spontaneous trip to explore America’s landscape. Other times, riders travel for a specific reason. And that reason is to go shopping. While we’ve highlighted fashion bloggers in Amtrak cities in the past, we know shopping centric trips aren’t only for the ladies. The fellas like to scoop new gear too. That’s why we enlisted Philadelphia fashion, hospitality ...

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The Perks of Business Class

The Perks of Business Class

You're booking your Amtrak ticket when you see the option for Business Class. What is business class on Amtrak you ask? Is it worth the extra price? What exactly do you get? We're here to tell you why the perks of Business Class* on Amtrak are totally worth having a YOLO moment and booking that VIP seat. Here's the lowdown on ...

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Forbes Names Amtrak One of the Best Employers in America

Forbes Names Amtrak One of the Best Employers in America

Amtrak employees are responsible for making Amtrak the country’s first intercity travel choice. More than 20,000 employees work around-the-clock to do more than just move trains, our employees work hard every day to move people -- connecting family and friends across our more than 500 destinations. For our employees, working at Amtrak is more than just a job; it is an opportunity to ...

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