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