Posts Tagged: Enjoy the Journey

Happy Festive Flashback Friday!

Happy Festive Flashback Friday!

We can't go all the way back to Plymouth, Mass., this Thanksgiving, but our 1980s dining car is just as good for Flashback Friday! For the 42-year history of Amtrak, our dining cars have been a special feature on our long-distance trains. Not only are they the hub of activity, they're also great for special holidays like today. Depending on where ...

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Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars

Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars

You love taking the train (we're looking at you, our 31.6 million riders!) and we love working to improve your travel experience. That’s why we’re bringing 130 new single-level long distance cars to the rails by 2014. Manufactured by CAF USA in Elmira, N.Y., these new passenger cars have a little bit of everything and a whole lot of improvements. We ...

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First Time For Everything

First Time For Everything

Amtrak doesn't just move trains, we move people--connecting family and friends across our more than 500 destinations. Alexis who’s taking the train from Oklahoma City to visit her grandma in Shreveport, La., is a first time rider. She says, “the train is a great way to see what you’re traveling through.”   Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans ...

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31.6 Million Riders Makes Our Best Year Ever!

31.6 Million Riders Makes Our Best Year Ever!

Gracias, Merci, Ngiyabonga! No matter how you say it, we owe a big "thank you" to our 31.6 million riders. You helped Amtrak achieve a record year. Now it's time for us to show our gratitude with some free travel! In 2013, you rode from small towns to big cities, from economic centers to National Parks, and, of course, home to ...

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Train of Hope

Train of Hope

Rev. Fr. Robert C. has a tradition of train travel, having ridden trains since he was 23 years old. “The treatment you get on the train is great,” he says. “Everyone is so helpful … they seat you, they don’t rush you. They’re just there for you.” This trip has him traveling nearly the entire length of the East Coast, ...

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Not all Wanderers Are Lost

Not all Wanderers Are Lost

Think you have a sense of adventure? Isaac has been traveling for a whole year by train. Originally from Ohio, he is crisscrossing the nation with a few travel essentials, a durable backpack, comfy shoes and a cowboy hat. For this trip, he's heading all the way to Philadelphia after visiting a Navy buddy in San Diego, Calif.   Amtrak ...

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Graduate Going Home

Graduate Going Home

Some travel for business, others travel for fun, Jonathan traveled for family. Fresh from completing a semester abroad in London, this recent graduate has been away from home for a very long time. His excitement to see his family was visible as he passed through Chicago Union Station. Next stop: home.   Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans ...

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New Tech City to City

New Tech City to City

Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of WNYC’s New Tech City, a weekly podcast and segment featured on Morning Edition that explores innovation, creativity, technology and the new economy. She also happens to be a big fan of Amtrak. “I’ll take the train anytime over flying to avoid airports,” says Manoush, who began taking Amtrak between her home ...

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American Dreamer Takes Midnight Train

American Dreamer Takes Midnight Train

Maya's recent trip from Chicago to Buffalo, N.Y., was a true test. On the far end she would be asked 10 questions that would finally secure her U.S. citizenship 16 years after emigrating to the States from Russia. "I did some last-minute studying on the train," she says, "And I passed and so did both my parents. So we're very ...

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Big News Pulls into Roanoke, Va

Big News Pulls into Roanoke, Va

It's been 34 years since the fine folks of Roanoke, Va., have had intercity rail service, but that's about to change. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia, Norfolk Southern, Amtrak and the City of Roanoke have joined together to start work to extend Amtrak Virginia's rail service from Lynchburg to Roanoke. "We're cutting a lot ...

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Meet the Millennial Trains Project

Meet the Millennial Trains Project

Participants in the Millennial Trains Project call themselves the new pioneers, and today they start on a life-changing, inspiring train journey that will take them coast to coast. Here's why 25 millennials are hitching a ride on our California Zephyr in hopes of uncovering #NewFrontiers. The Millennial Trains Project's mission is to enable passengers and virtual audiences to identify, evaluate and explore ...

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#AmtrakGram Photo of the Week!

#AmtrakGram Photo of the Week!

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Cesar, who snapped this scenic pic on his very first train ride! Cesar dove in head first with his first railroad experience, traveling aboard our Texas Eagle, which makes daily trips between Chicago and San Antonio, Texas. On the second half of the trip, he captured this Instagram photo (or AmtrakGram as ...

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5 People Having Too Much Fun on Amtrak

5 People Having Too Much Fun on Amtrak

Our passengers have tagged #Amtrak in more than 100,000 pics on Instagram, which means on any given day there's plenty of entertaining Instagram-ing going on aboard our trains. To honor you, our artistic fans, we've picked out some of our favorites. We knew train travel was fun, but somehow you managed to take it to the next level. 1. The ...

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Welcome to the Observation Car!

Welcome to the Observation Car!

There’s lots of reasons why trains are better than cars for long trips, but the observation car has to be one of the best. What’s that? Gasp! You don’t know what an observation car is? Let us school you … Our observation cars are part of our double-decker trains that run long distances mainly west of Chicago. What makes the ...

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Your Amtrak Guest Rewards Points Add Up

Your Amtrak Guest Rewards Points Add Up

We thought it would be helpful if we covered some of the nitty-gritty of how the points you earn with Amtrak Guest Rewards® get calculated. Ready? Here we go. Every $1 spent on your Amtrak travel = 2 points (with 100-point min. for each trip) It’s that simple! Just remember to always have your member number handy when you book ...

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