Posts Tagged: Empire Builder

Amtrak Resident: Bill Willingham

Amtrak Resident: Bill Willingham

The Amtrak Residency Thing: On Departing It's 8:12 on Saturday night. I'm in the tiny but picturesque Amtrak station in Red Wing, Minnesota, waiting for the 8:49 Empire Builder, bound for St. Paul, Fargo, and other parts west. I'm anticipating a fine two days or so of writing, napping and riding, all on Amtrak's generous  dime. The Roomette and meals are ...

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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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Ride the Rails then the Rides

Ride the Rails then the Rides

Beaches are great and so are music festivals, but if you’re a thrill seeker you may want to kick it up a notch. Lucky for you, we can take you to some of the best amusement parks in the country. If you love riding in the front car and screaming at the top of your lungs, we have the Amtrak adventure ...

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5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

Named one of Amtrak's 10 best places to visit in 2014, Portland, Ore., is dotted with tons of sights (big and small) that are within walking distance of the train station! But to uncover the city's best gems, it takes some insider info from a local. Molly McHugh is an editor with the Daily Dot who's an Oregon native and loyal Pacific Northwest resident who, ...

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Watch: St. Paul Union Depot to Welcome Amtrak Customers

Customers planning to ride our Empire Builder through St. Paul, Minn., this summer are in for a treat. A total restoration of St. Paul Union Depot (affectionately called "SPUD" by savvy travelers) is now complete, and beginning May 7, Amtrak will begin service to the magnificent building. The service will begin before National Train Day, a free day of family-friendly festivities ...

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From Stations to Slopes: The History of Amtrak Ski Trains

Our Winter Ski Getaway is in its final days, so we’re using this Throwback Thursday to hit the slopes! Long before we tracked a group of brave free skiers through Montana, Amtrak made a business of delivering customers to some of the best ski terrain in the country. Few people know, however, that it all started in 1936 in the ...

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An Insider’s Guide to the Best Sights in Seattle

An Insider’s Guide to the Best Sights in Seattle

Laura Lawson Visconti is a Seattle-based artist, coffee addict and author of Believing is Seeing, a memoir chronicling her battle with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease which is slowly rendering her blind. More than anything, she loves exploring the world, including the sights in Seattle, with her best friend and husband Nick. We caught up with Laura recently to learn ...

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Amtrak Teams with Epic TV for New Extreme Web Series

TJ David, Trent Bona, Caleb Brown and Whit Boucher traveled on the Empire Builder to ski some of the best terrain in the country. Even more awesome? All of it has been captured in a new web series called Storm Cycles for Epic TV and on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #AmtrakSeason! “I love how skiing is so much more than just sliding skis ...

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Fans Pick Best Places to Visit in 2014

Fans Pick Best Places to Visit in 2014

When we vowed to retire the term “staycation” in 2014, you responded in a big way. Hundreds of you shared all the best places to visit by train in the New Year using the hashtag #Amtrak2014, and we’re excited to announce that the results are in! Here are the top 10 places Amtrak fans & followers are going in 2014: ...

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Four Essential Winter Vacations

Four Essential Winter Vacations

As all travel junkies know, vacations aren’t just for the summer. The colder months are a great time to travel and experience winter vacations that are often off the beaten path. Pair that with some of Amtrak’s awesome deals, and you could have yourself a new winter vacation tradition! Here are the best places to travel for winter! Whitefish, Mont. ...

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Athletes Begin Epic Adventure to Ski Trip by Train

Athletes Begin Epic Adventure to Ski Trip by Train

With winter temperatures freezing nearly half of the U.S., a team of free skiers is venturing to western Montana to experience the trip of a lifetime.  Despite the historic lows and grounded air travel, six thrill-seekers are setting out to give you an inside look at what it’s like to be a professional athlete in a special web series called ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Your votes have been tallied from the far corners of Twitter, Facebook and Google+! This week's Photo of the Week comes from the beautiful King Street Station in Seattle! A large-scale renovation of the station was recently completed, which salvaged the ornate ceiling that was previously covered by a lower false ceiling. The holiday decorations then add the perfect sparkle to the historic 1906 building. Seattle ...

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Chuckin’ It on a Cross Country Train

Chuckin’ It on a Cross Country Train

Ryan is an adventurer and the gnarly nomadic blogger behind the popular travel blog "Just Chuickin' It." Recently he found freedom and a few friends when he set off on a cross country train. What started in Washington, D.C., and ended in Seattle was an epic adventure with lots of selfies and a few slices of deep dish pizza along ...

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All Aboard the (Crowd Funded) Love Train

All Aboard the (Crowd Funded) Love Train

Next month London-based newlyweds Mike and Becca are setting off on a true adventure. More than a lifetime of marital bliss lies before them. Instead, it's about 3,000 miles of rail that they have to look forward to. "We plan to take in the sights of New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco," Becca says. Their love ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

This week's edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Kelli who traveled on our Empire Builder, which runs between Seattle and Chicago, with the cutest tour guide we've ever seen. Who needs a GPS when you have her!? Despite her picture's cuteness, Kelli faced steep competition from a pretty cool pic from our Pacific Surfliner in California. But in the end our fans ...

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