Posts Tagged: Amtrak 101

LA, DC Among Most Beautiful Train Stations

LA, DC Among Most Beautiful Train Stations

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Los Angeles Union Station and Washington, D.C., Union Station among the world's most beautiful train stations. Of the 15 stations highlighted by the travel publication, three are in the U.S. and two are served by daily Amtrak service. The third U.S. station is New York City's Grand Central Station, which serves commuter lines in ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Alyssa who traveled on our Coast Starlight, which runs between Seattle and Los Angeles, this week. We're not sure what filter gave her that cotton candy sky (did someone say candy?!), but our fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter loved it, voting Alyssa's the official Photo of the Week! Our Coast ...

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Go Girl! And Take These 5 Accessories with You

Go Girl! And Take These 5 Accessories with You

Amtrak can take you to more than 500 destinations from coast to coast. But there's really only five essential travel accessories you need for all those adventures. They are ... 1. Major Luggage Amtrak let's you bring two free bags PLUS a purse. Let's repeat that ... all the luggage in this pic travels for free! Since it travels with ...

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Quiet Car > Noisy Bus (Shhhh)

Quiet Car > Noisy Bus (Shhhh)

You can officially plug in and tune out on the Wolverine service between Chicago and Pontiac, Mich., beginning August 19 with the roll out of the service's new weekday Quiet Car. Yep, one of the most popular features of the Northeast Corridor trains is expanding to more of the midwest. The Quiet Car will be located at the opposite end of the ...

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Inside a Long-Distance Train Bedroom

You've seen inside our roomettes and bedroom suites on our long-distance trains, so we wanted to round out our coverage with an inside peek at our Superliner bedrooms. (Yes, a bedroom and a bedroom suite are different!) Our Superliner bedrooms are larger than roomettes but not as large as the bedroom suites that we offer. They sleep two adults plus luggage, and the best perk is you ...

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Our Commitment to Safety

Our Commitment to Safety

I understand that safety is on the minds of many of our customers in the wake of recent events. At Amtrak, safety is ingrained in our culture. It is part of everything we do, every single day. We work to ensure that our customers receive a high quality of service, but above all, our focus remains on delivering every customer ...

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What are Heat Restrictions?

What are Heat Restrictions?

It's officially the dog days of summer, and record temperatures are being recorded from Death Valley to Delaware. Aside from the extra AC, the triple-degree heat also means potential heat restrictions along our rails. In a nutshell those are rules that require our trains to slow down when the track temperatures reach a certain level. Once that happens, heat restrictions ...

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Boarding at Our Busiest Stations

Boarding at Our Busiest Stations

Ever wonder why the boarding procedures in our big stations work the way they do? Why we check your ticket multiple times and escort you to the platform at New York Penn Station and Washington, D.C.,'s Union Station? Well, it's all meant to get you safely on the correct train and to your destination on time. Here are three more reasons ...

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Top 10 Songs for Your Train Ride

Top 10 Songs for Your Train Ride

We've seen enough of your Instagram selfies to know that one of your favorite things to do on the train is to listen to music.  Hey, we love the duck face too! #noshame So here, for your listening pleasure, is some inspiration for your own Amtrak Travel Tracks playlist. Yep, these are our favorite new(ish) songs for your summer travels. ...

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The Truth About Sleeping in Coach Overnight

The Truth About Sleeping in Coach Overnight

When Mary needed to get from northern Cali to Portland, Ore., she did her homework. “I compared the prices with flying, and the closer I got to the travel day, the higher the flight prices got,” she says. “And I had traveled on buses before and didn’t like how they’re so cramped, and you can’t get up and walk around. I ...

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Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week!

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Bruce who snapped this pic in Sanford, Fla., home of the Auto Train! The Auto Train is one of Amtrak's premier services. It's a nonstop train that connects Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., but what makes this train really special is the fact that you can load your car and take it ...

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Coast Starlight, Star Bright

We teamed up with travel writer, blogger, vlogger extraordinaire Eric White of GlassDuffle.com to send him to 6 cities in just 7 days–all by train. The second video in his exclusive “West Coast Medley” series on YouTube tracks (pun intended!) his trip on our Coast Starlight. That train travels between Seattle and Los Angeles everyday, but he hopped on in Emeryville just outside of San Francisco. "Amtrak’s meals are BALLER," says Eric (seriously, he ...

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Your Top 10 Summer Spotify Songs

Your Top 10 Summer Spotify Songs

It’s Summer Time and the Bookin’ is easy.  Wherever your summer journey takes you, we want to know the summer songs that get you moving! As part of our ongoing contest with Spotify, we challenge you to make a playlist of your best travel tunes. You could win a year of Spotify Premium and bragging rights! As inspiration for your ...

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Revenge of the #NerdTrain

Revenge of the #NerdTrain

Who says Spring Break has to end? Ever. 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 was all about the fun and adventure. Three years later, they’re still at it, and racking up tons of rail miles not to mention Amtrak ...

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Take the Cali Train to Cool

We teamed up with travel writer, blogger, vlogger extraordinaire Eric White of GlassDuffle.com to send him to 6 cities in just 7 days--all by train. The first video in his exclusive "West Coast Medley" series on YouTube is out today! If you want to see what an Amtrak adventure is really like, check out the first leg of Eric's trip on our Pacific Surfliner between ...

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