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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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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
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Coast Starlight
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Sierra Nevada Mountains
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View from the Amtrak Coast Starlight
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Golden Gate Bridge
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Statue Of Liberty
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New Orleans Downtown Skyline
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Coast Starlight Experience
27/Sep
PETER MISCIASCI
5 stars
“Wonderful trip! Only disappointment was the lack of coastline. The service and staff did an excellent job! Crew 8 was fantastic!
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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
27 Dec 2018
Mary F, Ashland, OR
4 stars
“My friend and I meet up each year for a trip. This was so different than our usual driving trip. We had so much time to catch up (she lives on the east coast, I on the west).
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Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon - Chicago to Los Angeles
20 Dec 2018
Leslie S, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4 stars
“The planning and organization was good. The selection of hotels was very good
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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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