Posts Tagged: Empire Builder

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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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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5 New Reasons to Explore Chicago

5 New Reasons to Explore Chicago

Take any of Amtrak's 11 trains that go to Chicago to see these five cool attractions! From either coast, we can help you experience all the Windy City has to offer. Plus our station even has its own Hollywood attraction to see. Check it out here! 1. Second City You like Tina Fey and Steve Carell, right? Well, then you'll love the ...

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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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