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Why a Ride on the Texas Eagle Needs to be on Your Bucket List

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The Texas Eagle travels daily between Chicago and San Antonio, taking you through major cities from Austin to Dallas. And connecting service between San Antonio and Los Angeles is available three times a week via the Sunset Limited. Here’s five reasons you should definitely put this trip on your bucket list!

Hope Arkansas

1. Spot a Historic Town
Amtrak’s new stop in Hope, Arkansas was just added in 2013 to the Texas Eagle route. Before that, it was a small town with a big claim to fame. It’s the birthplace of America’s 42nd president, Bill Clinton. For those interested in hopping off to check out Clinton’s hometown, the train rolls through the city bright and early at 5:09 a.m. each morning heading to Austin and then at 9:18 p.m. each night heading to Chicago. It’s also worth mentioning that both trips earn some major Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

2. Enjoy a Meal on a Train
Having a great meal on the Texas Eagle is like no other dining you’ve done before. Along with the gorgeous scenery outside your window, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and those occasions are a great way to meet your fellow passengers, break up long trips and experience train travel at its best.

Passengers who have booked roomettes or rooms have their meals included and must bring their tickets with them to meals. Passengers riding in the coach section do not have their meals included but are free to walk to the dining car to make a reservation. So come on down!

3. Meet Our Fabulous StaffEmployee on Texas Eagle
One of the best perks on a long-distance train is you get a dedicated train attendant when you book in a sleeper car. It’s similar to room service in a hotel but much, much better. Train attendants 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. They’re great and FREE with any sleeper car reservation.

For customers with Coach reservations, there’s also a dedicated train attendant for your section of the train. They help you get on and off the train and can answer questions during your trip.

4. See the Wide Open Spaces
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the views. When you ride the Texas Eagle, you’ll wind through the Land of Lincoln, across the Mississippi River, and through the Ozarks to Little Rock and the piney woods of East Texas. Beyond that, there’s Dallas, Austin (home of the University of Texas), and finally San Antonio, where the nightlife of the Riverwalk attract Tweeters from all over the world.


5. Capture Instagram-Worthy Views of the St. Louis Arch
You’ll love checking out the 630-foot-tall St. Louis Arch from our observation car. That’s the car with floor to ceiling windows, giving them their nickname “sightseer lounges.” They bring daydreaming out the window to a whole new level … literally. That’s because when you’re in one you’re actually on the second floor of the train.

The bonus? There’s no assigned seating, and it offers you the best spot to photograph the Gateway Arch!


What’s your favorite part about riding the Texas Eagle? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #TexasEagle!

Watch: Dining on a Train

By | Amtrak Stories, Cross country, Travel tips | 3 Comments

If you have ever experienced one of our cross country trains, even for just a short distance, you know the train is a small community on wheels. As the countryside passes you by, you spend time catching up with family and friends, and many times, spending a good deal of time meeting new people and exchanging stories that you’ll likely remember for a lifetime.

At the heart of our onboard community is our dining car, where people come to gather and share a meal. Never had the pleasure of dining on a train? Check out what Rachel Hofstetter, author of Cooking Up a Business and founder of Guesterly, Anna Curran, founder of Cookbook Create, and Irina Gonzalez from Latina Magazine, had to say about the unique experience.

Many memories are created in our dining cars as they travel across the country. What is your favorite memory? Share with us in the comments section below!


Video by Eric White of GlassDuffle.

Pharrell Williams Films "Happy" at LA Union Station

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It’s hard to be unhappy when you watch singer-song writer Pharrell Williams perform his new hit “Happy” from the movie Despicable Me 2. But what makes us straight-up giddy is that the accompanying music video was filmed at our train station in Los Angeles!

Last fall, Pharrell filmed a quirky and fun round-the-clock music video throughout L.A., beginning at the cities’ most iconic spot–L.A. Union Station.

So far the 24-hour video has nearly 9 million views and the song sits at No. 1 on Spotify for the U.S.

Pharrell Williams“Happy,” which was first featured on Despicable Me 2 and is also on Pharrell’s newest album GIRL, has become an international phenomenon and radio smash. In fact, the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling more than 2.3 million downloads worldwide.

“When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind,” says the seven-time GRAMMY winner. “One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realized that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making. Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be called G I R L. I hope you like it.”

L.A. Union Station saw more than 1.6 million passengers board and alight Amtrak trains in the last fiscal year. It is the busiest train station in California.

What makes you the most happy when you travel? Share with us in the comments below!

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.


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Excitement for Super Bowl XLVIII had some serious competition this week:  the Polar Vortex. Much of the U.S. battled frigid temperatures, leaving no room for thinking about football.

With the extremely cold temps out of the way, we can go back to gearing up for one the most anticipated sporting events–the Super Bowl!

To help you you reenergize, Amtrak teamed up with Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith and former players Brian Dawkins and Matt Light to hear their #SuperMemories from past Super Bowls. So even if your team isn’t marching to Metlife Stadium we can still help you get hyped for Super Bowl Week.

Here’s the first video from the series, but we encourage you to grab a seat and some popcorn, then head over to our You Tube channel and check them all out.  And remember, America’s Railroad can take you to New Jersey, New York or any part of the Tri-State Area so you can make your very own #SuperMemories.

Have you taken an Amtrak train to a big sporting event? Tell us in the comment section below or join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag (yes, you guessed it), #SuperMemories.

Read more All Aboard!:  Behind the Scenes: #SuperMemories