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Winter Train Trips

There are two types of winter vacations in the U.S.: those that take place in warmer destinations where the woes of winter fade into memory and those that intensify the season's offerings and embrace fluffy snow and chilly temperatures. Whichever front you land on, a winter rail vacation is your ticket to the trip of a lifetime.

Winter vacations with snow are most prevalent, beginning in December through January and February. Wintry itineraries may take you to places like Chicago, where lake-effect snow creates a magical scene amongst the towering buildings. From Chicago, perhaps join Amtrak's Empire Builder for a trek through the white expanses of the northern prairies to Seattle or board the California Zephyr to ride through the snow-capped Colorado Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in pursuit of milder weather in San Francisco. Alaska also tops the list of the country's most popular places to travel in winter, thanks to its winter wonderland atmosphere. Of course, Alaska is also a prime place to view the northern lights, and there are few better places to see them in America than from the remote comforts of Bettles Lodge or Chena Hot Springs.

Join voyagers that appreciate sunny skies and sandals by traveling to one of the warm places to visit in winter. The bright blue waters of the Pacific welcome winter travelers to California's coast. One of the easiest ways to see the state's great cities is to board Amtrak's Coast Starlight. Tour packages featuring this train venture to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, highlighting beautiful views as the vacation unfolds. Warm winter vacations in the USA may also feature the Southwest, where the Grand Canyon reigns supreme, or the deep South, including New Orleans, where the temperature rarely dips below the 60s during the day. Begin your year refreshed and recharged in any one of these wintertime destinations.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains
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New Orleans Downtown Skyline
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View from the Amtrak Coast Starlight
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
21/Feb
CAROLYN MARGARET ERLANSON
5 stars
“Five star staff and meals and accommodations
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Alaska Northern Lights & Aurora Train
21/Feb
Richard Philbrook
5 stars
“Excellent trip, great venues and accomadations.
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Aurora Viewing at Chena Hot Springs
30/Jan
JEAN ZASKE
5 stars
“A great trip!
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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
10/Jan
ALLYN RICCI
5 stars
“It was a wonderful quick getaway for me, my husband, and 2 kids. They loved the train and we all experienced the Grand Canyon for the first time together. We will definitely be using Vacations by Rail for another adventure!
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Northern Lights at Borealis Basecamp
6/Jan
TIMOTHY JOSEPH
5 stars
“Wonderful Experience, unique and much fun
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New Orleans Express
03 May 2023
DORINDA UY
5 stars
“The first class accommodation at the lounge was perfect with the shower room ( complete with towels and toiletries), snacks and comfortable chairs. The meals in the train were savory and hot. Enjoyed every one of them. The train ride from Chicago to New Orleans went by pretty quickly with views of the Midwest towns. The hotels provided in Chicago and New Orleans were right in the center of downtown where you could walk to most places. Overall, all 4 of us enjoyed our experience!
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Coast to Coast : San Francisco to New York
20 Jul 2021
Alyson M, Fort Worth, TX
5 stars
“Traveling by train was the perfect way to spend our honeymoon and see the country!
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Coast Starlight Experience
03 Sep 2023
Judy Talton
4 stars
“Great trip down to CA. Lots of interesting new people to meet and a very friendly service crew. The trip back was a bit disappointing. Crew was not as friendly and the service was mediocre.
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Classic Coast to Coast by Rail
16 Dec 2018
Fred & Arylene L, Hampstead, MD
4 stars
“We were pleasantly surprised at the service extended to us during our rail trip to San Francisco. Everyone did their best to accommodate our every need. The motorcoach tours especially were exceptional. The It was a very satisfactory experience. The train sleeper accommodations were novel and interesting. Being older generation persons, the quarters were tight, but kind of fun to experience, (arthritis aside!) Thanks for a nice time. Drivers were very professional and knowledgeable. Fred is a retired motorcoach driver, so this was of special interest to him.
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