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Southern US Train Trips

The southern states are known for deep history, antebellum architecture and, above all else, charm. Train vacations to the South can include packages that celebrate America's musical history with stays in cities like Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. In Nashville, experience the heart of country music at the legendary Grand Ole' Opry. Memphis offers a glimpse at the beginnings of rock 'n' roll at places like Sun Studios and Elvis's home, Graceland. Your Deep South tour itinerary may also include a New Orleans tour, where jazz notes fill the air of the French Quarter. Uncover breathtaking views from the South's scenic rail lines, visit historic properties and enjoy tours that bring these alluring cities to life.

Southern USA tours also take travelers to the Southwest, a region that is visually and culturally much different than the Deep South yet is a trove of natural and cultural treasures. Select train trips highlight special annual events, such as the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in New Mexico. Alternatively, other tours focus on landmark sights of the Southwest, like the Grand Canyon, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. In between these destinations, each city offers its own unique atmosphere, from the artist community of Santa Fe to the vintage Americana feel of Williams. A highlight of any visit to the region is a ride aboard the vintage rail cars of the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes visitors directly to the South Rim of one of the world's most incredible natural formations, the Grand Canyon.

A selection of rail and river cruise and train to ocean cruise tour packages are available to travelers, as well. These well-planned trips combine rail travel with a refreshing cruise- either aboard a restored steamboat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans or through the Panama Canal or Western Caribbean waters aboard a state-of-the-art ocean liner.

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Tourist Traveling into Balloon Festival
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4.0 stars(29 reviews)
2023Oct
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New Orleans Carriage Royal Cafe C C Purcell
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Smoky Mountain National Park
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2023Oct
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New Orleans Downtown Skyline
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Memphis Downtown Tennessee
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Our customers love our Southern US tours
Smoky Mountain Rail Adventure
5/Nov
CustomerBDS
5 stars
“Excellent escorted tour. Good balance between free time and scheduled activities. Tour director Joel was very good in attending to all details.
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New Orleans Express
19/Oct
STERLING WHITAKER
5 stars
“My wife and I used Vacations By Rail to book our annual anniversary trip this year. We have long looked forward to taking a train trip. They booked us into a first-class hotel in Chicago, the Palmer House, and then the train trip (we rented a sleeper bedroom) was wonderful. Much better than air travel. They booked us into the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, which was another absolutely wonderful hotel. Both hotels are historic grand hotels with an enormous amount of history to them, so it's like a trip and history lesson all in one. The staff was great in both places. The Chicago hotel was right on the Magnificent Mile, and the New Orleans hotel was right on the French Quarter. The customer service from Vacations By Rail was exemplary at every turn. I wish every travel experience could be as easy as this one was. It made our anniversary truly unforgettable.
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by Rail
15/Nov
DENNIS BRYAN BREEDEN
4 stars
“I enjoyed it very much. We learned that even if a roomette on the train is extra we would have slept better and would be worth the money. Enjoyed all the stops and Sheryl was very informative. Wish we could have stayed at the stops a bit longer but we did have a lot of ground to cover. Albuquerque was WONDERFUL! Wish we would have had more time there. But one thing we learned. Getting in the festival by bus is the only way to go. Thank you.
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