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Each year as the world awakens from its winter slumber and the chill begins to fade, intrepid travelers embark on their first escapes of the year, bound for warmer locales where sunny skies reign supreme and sweater weather is a thing of the past. In the United States, the nation's railways offer the perfect way to kick off the travel season.

There are beautiful places to visit in spring from coast to coast. Join a rail vacation aboard Amtrak's storied routes from New York City to San Francisco via Chicago. These cross-country trips take place aboard iconic overnight trains, such as the Lakeshore Limited and the California Zephyr, and give travelers a chance to see the subtle changes in the springtime landscape with each progressing mile.

Alternatively, spending your family spring break exploring the great American West opens the door to warm places to visit in April. Explore the colorful deserts of California and Nevada, or set your sights on Arizona and one of the country's most glorious landmarks, the Grand Canyon. There are train journeys along the stunning California coastline on the Coast Starlight and incredible vacations on the United States' first luxury train, Rocky Mountaineer, between Colorado and Utah.

The best springtime destinations are not limited to the West. Rather, vacationers can bask in warmer weather and immense history in the South. Aboard Amtrak's City of New Orleans, visit Memphis, then continue deep into the bayou to New Orleans. No matter where your spring rail vacation takes you, enjoy smaller crowds and the chance to greet the coming season in a new locale.

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Aerial Shot Of Three Majestic Glaciers Alaska
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4.6 stars(132 reviews)
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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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Moose Has Right of way Denali National Park
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Niagara Falls Aerial View
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Mount Rushmore
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Alaska Railroad Traveling Through Mountains
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California Zephyr
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Rocky Mountain Colorado Autumn
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Kenai Fjords National Park
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Empire Builder Between Chicago and Seattle
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Desert View Watchtower
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Coast Starlight Experience
19/May
SUSAN PEDROZA
5 stars
“The crew were amazing, very nice and accommodating.
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Rockies to the Red Rocks - 2 Day Rail
18/May
GEORGE GRAMAGLIA
5 stars
“It was an enjoyable ride, relaxing, great food and drinks, and very well curated by Olivia. Great staff, lots of photos, and worth the money!
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Great Parks of the Southwest featuring the Grand Canyon
18/May
WALTER BELL
5 stars
“It was a wonderful tour and our guide Sheryl was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
14/May
Frederick McManus
5 stars
“Pricey, but totally organized and worth the price. All the little pieces - rail, hotels, transportation, meals, were covered and well-coordinated. The documents we received made it a breeze to be in the right place at the right time, and the trip was one of our most memorable ever. The only sour note was that our train left Chicago over three hours late and arrived in Arizona over six hours late. We missed almost all the scenery we were hoping to see by traveling Amtrak instead of flying, but we did see it on the return trip.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
28/Apr
cindy galindo
5 stars
“Great adventure. Exciting way to see the countryside. New perspective
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Classic Coast to Coast by Rail
16/Apr
BEDWARD DUNLAP
5 stars
“This can be expensive for some people. Maybe you should offer discounts to older travelers.
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Rockies to the Red Rocks Excursion Salt Lake City
20 Sep 2023
SUSAN ANDERSON
5 stars
“This was a great trip. The places we visited and the scenery was fantastic. The staff on the Rocky Mountaineer took good care of us, providing very interesting information about the areas we passed through. Food quality and service was outstanding!
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Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, & Yellowstone
18 Sep 2023
DAVID CHASTAIN
5 stars
“It was a wonderful trip, with the tour guide Sally Bell and bus driver Alex Hess being the best part. . All the museums, animals, and scenery were fantastic. The raft trip on the Snake River and the jeep ride through Custer State Park were the best parts of the trip. The weakest part of the tour was the California Zephyr train. The observation deck was great and the food was good, but the roomette was too small, the train too jerky, and the whole train showing that it was in need of a good cleaning. But we loved the trip and thought it was an awesome itinerary. Thank you.
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Alaska Wilderness Tour
14 Sep 2023
CECILIA MARIE PHILLIPS
5 stars
“Fabulous itinerary with plenty of leisure time to do what we wanted. Everything went smoothly and we received a prompt refund when one excursion was cancelled due to weather. This was our second trip with Vacations By Rail and very pleased; will book with them again.
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