Although Los Angeles is known for car traffic, it's actually a great place to start or end a rail trip. There are multiple Pacific Surfliner trains that depart each day from Union Station, and several long-distance routes can take you to the Northwest, Midwest, Southwest and even New Orleans. If you only have time for … Continue reading Best Amtrak day trips from Los Angeles
If you live in Washington D.C., it's easy to get out of the city on Amtrak for a mountain, beach, urban or small town vacation. Trains at the Washington D.C. Union Station travel up and down the coast and to the Midwest, and you don't even need to spend a night on the train to … Continue reading 15 great train vacations from D.C.
The Washington D.C. area has many options for train travel. Ten Amtrak routes stop at the Washington D.C. Union Station, plus you can connect with Northest Regional trains and destinations at the New Carrollton, Alexandria and Burke Centre Amtrak stations in the suburbs. To explore your options, here are the best day trips you can … Continue reading Best Amtrak day trips from Washington D.C.
Atlanta was once a major passenger train hub, but today there is only one Amtrak route that travels to and from the city, the Crescent. It's a long-distance train that travels between New Orleans and New York City, so there are a variety of places you can visit. Here the best rail trips you can … Continue reading Best Amtrak trips from Atlanta
A train trip from Indiana to Florida is doable, but not easy or short. In previous decades, the South Wind (1940-1971) and Floridan (1971-1979) passenger trains provided direct service, but today you must ride more than one Amtrak train to get to the Sunshine State. Note that if you are willing to rent a car … Continue reading Trains from Indiana to Florida
Chicago is one of the best cities for train travel. Sixteen Amtrak routes arrive and depart from Chicago Union Station, so there are many options for day, weekend or multiple-day getaways. Here are some of the best trip options listed in order of travel time so you can start planning your rail adventure. Destinations were … Continue reading Best Amtrak trips from Chicago
Combining a flight and an Amtrak train trip is a great way to expand your travel options. The Northeast United States in particular has many Amtrak stations near airports, so you can make this connection without a car, or shop around for the cheapest flights, as a neighboring city along an Amtrak route might offer … Continue reading Northeast airports with the easiest connections to Amtrak
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGi8gtdA7g Amtrak vacations can be great fun for the whole family, especially when you book a private room that has windows on both sides of the train. The family bedroom offers this option, which is available on eight Amtrak routes (see list below). You’ll want to make sure this room type works for you before … Continue reading Amtrak trains with family bedrooms
Amtrak released an expansion map in April 2021 based on potential infrastructure funding from the US government. Funding would create over 30 new routes, increase service and pay for repairs (view the fact sheet). Here are top things to know about the expansion plans: More than 10 states get new Amtrak stations States including Wyoming, … Continue reading Amtrak’s ‘Connect US’ Expansion Plans: Things to Know
Amtrak travels to most major cities in the United States. Some of the busiest stations before the coronavirus pandemic were all in large cities, including: New YorkWashington D.C.PhiladelphiaChicago (pictured above)BostonLos AngelesSacramentoBaltimoreSeattlePortland (Oregon)San Diego Other medium to large cities with stations include: San JoseOaklandFresnoBakersfieldAnaheimOrlandoTampaMiamiJacksonvilleAtlantaBirminghamCharlotteRaleighDallasFort WorthAustinSan AntonioHoustonEl PasoTusconAlbuquerqueNew OrleansSt. LouisMemphisKansas CityOklahoma CityIndianapolisClevelandCincinnatiDetroitPittsburghMilwaukeeMinneapolis-St. PaulDenverOmahaSt. Lake City The better … Continue reading What major cities does Amtrak serve (and not serve)?