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Watch this Incredible #AmtrakLIVE Video

By | Amtrak Stories, Cross country | 8 Comments

#AmtrakLIVE pulled into Austin last Friday after an inspiring and collaborative ride on board the Texas Eagle.

The group of tech innovators, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders documented the journey using the hashtag#AmtrakLIVE on Twitter and Instagram.

The amazing scenery, engaging collaborative environment and the opportunity to explore and be inspired is all part of the Amtrak long-distance experience. And that couldn’t have been more true for the #AmtrakLIVE train.

Amtrak provides customers a one-of-a-kind experience, making train travel the perfect choice for like-minded communities to explore the country together. But, we’ve told you all this before and we know that sometimes seeing is believing. So check out the video recap of the #AmtrakLIVE experience!

Now really, who’s coming with us next year?


#AmtrakLIVE video by Eric White of GlassDuffle.

Video Tour of Amtrak Roomette

By | Cross country, Travel tips | One Comment

When you book a ticket on an overnight train, you have the choice to reserve a coach seat or a sleeper car accommodation. For sleeper car customers like travel blogger Kelley Ferro in this video, there are tons of perks!

First, you get your own dedicated train attendant to book meal reservations for you, make and take down your bed, carry your luggage, tell you when your stop is coming up and keep you company when you want to chat.

Second, all your meals are included. That’s breakfast, lunch and dinner when you book in a sleeper car. Your train attendant  will make you a reservation for any or all of them during your journey.

In an Amtrak roomette there’s ample storage to keep your carry-on bags, plus outlets for all of your gadgets. Each brightly lit roomette has huge double-decker windows and sleeps up to two people. The lower level chairs collapse into a comfortable bed, and there’s a drop-down bed directly above them. Both are complete with their own bed linens, pillows, temperature controls, lights, bed-side storage nooks and beautiful views.

Lastly, if you have a lot of luggage, you can check your heavy bags and bring a smaller carry-on into your sleeper car to save space. Uniformed Red Caps provide free baggage-handling assistance at many major stations and can help you when you board at your departure city.

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All Aboard the #AmtrakLIVE Train

By | Cross country | 6 Comments

We’re going to Austin, Texas! And we’re taking 30 of our closest friends with us.

Even better: You can follow all of the fun, festivities and photos on our train by using the hashtag #AmtrakLIVE.

We’re taking a two-day journey from Los Angeles all the way to Austin, Texas, on a special train that includes an exclusive Observation Car and Sleeper Car accommodations. On the far end will be one of the country’s biggest events for people in music, film and technology, with speakers like Chelsea Clinton and Mike Meyers presenting.

During our #AmtrakLIVE journey, we’ll be joined by some pretty cool people. Folks from About.com, Digital LA and Thrillist will be tweeting, blogging and experiencing the trip of a lifetime on our Texas Eagle train to Austin.

AmtrakLIVE will have amazing scenery, engaging collaboration and the opportunity to explore and be inspired – it’s all part of the Amtrak long-distance experience,” says Amtrak Director of Social Media Julia Quinn. “Amtrak provides customers a one-of-a-kind experience, making train travel the perfect choice for like-minded communities to explore the country together. AmtrakLIVE is all about creativity.”

The idea for the train started during last year when we sent some select fans on the same route. You can tell from this video that the trip is pretty amazing, passing through some breathtaking landscapes and meeting some memorable fellow travelers.

The #AmtrakLIVE train leaves from Los Angeles on March 5 and arrives in Austin on March 7. To join the fun and track the adventure, follow @Amtrak on Twitter and Instagram. See you on the rails!

What to Bring on an Overnight Train Ride

By | Cross country, Travel tips | One Comment

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 choose to have dinner in our awesome dining car, the dress code is still casual. Feel free to wear jeans and a T-shirt or take it old school and wear a dinner jacket. The most important thing is to wear a smile!

Bring headphonesPacking for a Train
Whether they’re earbuds or Dre Beats, your headphones are essential for long train trips. You can use them to listen to your favorite tunes as the scenery rolls by or watch your favorite movie after dinner. Even though our sleeper accommodations have a high degree of privacy with their own locking doors, headphones are a nice consideration for your neighbors in nearby rooms.

Skip the towels and sheets
If you have a sleeper car reservation, there are linens provided for you. Just like a hotel! Facial, hand and body towels are all included, and your train attendant will make your bed for you at night and put it away for you in the morning whenever you want. We also provide pillows, but you’re free to bring additional ones. Just remember space is at a premium in our room!

Plan for comfortable shoes
Passengers are required to wear shoes at all times while moving around the train, so plan to bring a comfortable pair that you don’t mind wearing all day in the Observation Car. These usually include flat, flexible shoes like tennis shoes or Chucks. The train is a casual place, so give your stilettos a break!

Pack your charger
Silver Meteor RoometteEach sleeper car has its own outlets, so be sure to bring your phone and camera charger. You’re going to be snapping lots of pics and playing on your phone a lot. This is no time for a dead battery. To graduate to Expert Traveler status, include an power strip in your bag. That will ensure you never go without full access to your allllllllll of gadgets at once.

Bring Special Toiletries
Just like a hotel, we provide shampoo, soap and bottled water in all of our rooms. If your beauty regimen requires something special (hey, the train is a judge-free place), please be sure to bring it. That includes, toothpaste, mouthwash, body lotion, hair conditioner, hair spray/gel, hairdryers and shower caps. The best part about traveling by train? No liquids restrictions!

Smart Luggage
There’s special storage space in all of our sleeper car rooms, including limited hanging space. If you tend to overpack for trips, take advantage of our two free checked bags. Then pack your train essentials in a separate smaller bag to bring onboard with you. That should include your toiletries, gadgets, comfortable shoes, pajamas, clothes for your days on the train and reading material.

We won’t get too corny, but the  majesty of the great American landscape will captivate you. We’re sure of it. If you want additional entertainment while you ride our long-distance trains try downloading some audio books or movies before you leave, backing your special traveling journal or upgrading your camera in preparation of those amazing views.

What other tips do you have for passengers taking an overnight trip? Tell us in the comments below!