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Lakes and Mountains Holidays

Some of the best rail vacation destinations in America include the country's scenic lakes and mountains. From Cadillac Mountain in Maine to Lake Tahoe in the west, these sights weave a picturesque backdrop for a rail vacation. Consider a Colorado rail adventure featuring visits to the state's best mountain towns. Stand in awe of North America's highest mountain peak, Denali, on an Alaska rail tour. And there are few better ways to admire the changing seasons than from mountain overlooks, whether it is New Hampshire's Mt. Washington with views of six states and Canada or the Smoky Mountains.

Lake vacations also inspire some great rail itineraries in the USA. From Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and the Midwest's Great Lakes to Lake Champlain and Lake Winnipesaukee in New England, still waters and tranquil settings set the tone for a relaxing getaway.

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Whale Breaching in the Alaskan Ocean Near Seward
4.8 stars(17 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAug
2022MayJunJulAugSep
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Aerial Shot Of Three Majestic Glaciers Alaska
4.7 stars(57 reviews)
2021JunJulAug
2022MayJulAug
9 days from
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Dead Horse Point National Scenic Landscape
4.5 stars(128 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSep
2022JunJulAugSep
14 days from
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Autumn Foliage In White Mountain
4.3 stars(39 reviews)
2021Sep
2022Sep
8 days from
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Kenai Fjords National Park
4.7 stars(18 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAug
2022MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
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Empire Builder to Glacier National Park
4.4 stars(17 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSep
2022JunJulAugSep
7 days from
$1,915 pp
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Field of Wildflowers in Glacier
4.8 stars(21 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSep
2022JunJulAugSep
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Glacier Park Lodge
5.0 stars(8 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSep
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Bryce Canyon National Park
4.6 stars(48 reviews)
2021Sep
2022MaySep
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Caribou Deer on Mount Denali
5.0 stars(5 reviews)
2021JunJulAug
2022JunJulAug
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Glacier National Park Montana
4.6 stars(43 reviews)
2021JunAug
2022Jun
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Empire Builder between Chicago and Seattle
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Alaska by Day
11 Nov 2019
DANA
5 stars
“We booked an Alaskan vacation through Vacations By Rail. Everything from customizing the itinerary, booking the vacation and the vacation itself went so smoothly. We were so impressed with the trains and their staff. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. The trains were comfortable and the meals very good. It was absolutely amazing to be in the glass dome cars and watch the scenery and wildlife. Our vacation was so stress free as everything was so organized. We never had to worry about our luggage. It was always where it was supposed to be! We were spoiled and I want to book all future vacations through Vacations by Rail and travel by train!! We cannot say enough good things.
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Alaska by Land and Sea Featuring 3 nights in Denali
25 Oct 2019
DARYL
5 stars
“I have and will continue to recommend this company. I also plan to use Vacations by Rail for some future travels.
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Glacier National Park Escape-Chicago to Seattle
04 Oct 2019
James
5 stars
“Vacations By Rail was excellent in all areas of our trip, from planning, customizing it, and reservations. This is the second time we have used them and they are great.
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Deluxe Alaska Highlights
30 Sep 2019
BETH
5 stars
“Our agent, Frank H, was great! He answered all of my many questions and together we discussed which was the right travel package for us. Everything ran like clockwork in Alaska. Our shuttles were on time, our reservations were waiting for us and the trip was everything and more that I had hoped for. I would definitely use them again!
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Glacier National Park & Chicago
22 Sep 2019
Ronald
5 stars
“Really enjoyed the trip.
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Glaciers, Trains & Trails of Alaska
06 Sep 2019
NORMAN
5 stars
“Well laid out plan with all vouchers ready.
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Alaska Wildlife Adventure
20 Aug 2019
Charlotte Mattingly
5 stars
“Alaska was amazing. I am so thankful that we chose Vacations by Rail. Everything is handled for you. You go to the hotel, they give you your key, when you leave you hand in your key and move on. We had a full seven-day adventure we will never forget.
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Alaska the Greatland
16 Aug 2019
RITA
5 stars
“This was an amazing trip. It was so organized and every detail taken care of. They even went above and beyond on little things! The tour director was awesome - knowledgeable and a people person! And our bus driver was just as great! They made a good team together - which served us patrons in the best way. Highly recommend VBR!
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America's Great National Parks
05 Aug 2019
THOMAS
5 stars
“My wife and I had seen many of our national parks, but had never been to the northwest. We took a trip in September sponsored by Vacations By Rail to Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Canyonlands, and Arches. We met the remainder of our group (46 in all from various parts of the country) in Chicago along with Jennifer, our guide for the tour. The journey from Chicago to East Glacier, Montana, was long (30 hours), but smooth riding. Our hotel for the next 3 nights was the beautiful Lodge, a very imposing log building built by the Great Western RR in the late 1800s. The scenery was fantastic, especially on our Going to the Sun Road on the famous Red Jammers. We saw lots of game, but no bear or wolves. Our 2 night stay in Yellowstone was equally impressive, especially The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Lots of elk and bison along the way. The Grand Tetons were impressive. If we had to pick our favorite park at this point in the tour, we could not. Each was beautiful in its own way. The highlight of our Tetons portion of the trip was the rafting down the Snake River past the Teton Range. We spent 2 nights in Jackson at The Jackson Lodge, the nicest of our hotels in creature comforts. The highlight of Jackson was our evening at The Bar J Ranch for a chuckwagon dinner (those cowpokes sure do eat well) and country entertainment. A must do evening. I, unfortunately, became ill on our trip to Salt Lake City, and had to return home. I give kudos to Vacations By Rail in arranging such a fantastic trip. They employed a wonderful guide, Jennifer, who was so knowledgeable about every place we went. She and our very capable driver, Glenn, arranged rest stops that were not only spaced just right, but in places that were extremely interesting. One was at a bakery in the middle of nowhere that had the best cinnamon rolls. Another was at a picturesque chapel by the Snake River. Another was next to an elk horn bridge and a candy store. Thank you, Vacations By Rail, for a wonderful trip.
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