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Winter Vacations in USA

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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Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights
4.8 stars(20 reviews)
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2025JanFebMar
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
4.8 stars(19 reviews)
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2025JanFebMar
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$2,984 pp
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Sierra Nevada Mountains
3.6 stars(9 reviews)
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2024JulAugSepOctNovDec
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$872 pp
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View from the Amtrak Coast Starlight
4.5 stars(23 reviews)
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$625 pp
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Alaska Wildlife
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2024Dec
2025JanFebMarDec
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Dining Hut under the Stars
4.6 stars(9 reviews)
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2024AugSepOctNovDec
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Northern Lights
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2024Dec
2025JanFebMar
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Aurora Borealis Display at Chena Hot Springs Resort
3.7 stars(11 reviews)
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2025JanFebMar
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New Orleans Downtown Skyline
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Sunrise in Winter at the Grand Canyon
4.4 stars(21 reviews)
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2024NovDec
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Statue Of Liberty
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Coast Starlight Experience
19 May 2024
SUSAN PEDROZA
5 stars
“The crew were amazing, very nice and accommodating.
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Classic Coast to Coast by Rail
16 Apr 2024
BEDWARD DUNLAP
5 stars
“This can be expensive for some people. Maybe you should offer discounts to older travelers.
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Alaska Northern Lights & Aurora Train
15 Apr 2024
TERESA ALLUMS
5 stars
“Aurora lights another amazing beauty of the Lord. The Yurt experience was great.
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Anchorage & Talkeetna Northern Lights Getaway
05 Apr 2024
JAMES ANTHONY HORN
5 stars
“The staff was very professional and knowledgeable about the northern lights. We gathered a lot of information from them. Great staff.
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
03 Apr 2024
Chit Aquino
5 stars
“Bettles Lodge had a homey, family ambiance. Staff were very friendly and entertained us with their personal stories. I was so happy that the Aurora Borealis did not disappoint me. I will definitely recommend this adventure at Bettles Lodge.
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Northern Lights at Borealis Basecamp
03 Apr 2024
Carol
5 stars
“The Borealis Basecamp location is unique. Two nights were just right for us. The igloos were cozy. May be nice to have some different games available. The staff was excellent. All well coordinated. Received information in time and the instructions on the vouchers helped. Liked our stay at Springhill in Fairbanks. Did you know that the bus system in Fairbanks is free if you are over 60? The Aurora train was comfortable and enjoyed mixing with others in the dining car. We booked a separate city tour package in Anchorage. No free breakfast at the hotel. Some amenities were not free. We found a great breakfast at Snow City Cafe. Will definitely explore Vacations by Rail again. Customer Service was spot on!
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Aurora Viewing at Chena Hot Springs
24 Mar 2024
HEATHER
5 stars
“Chena was cool, but very crowded. Especially with only one restaurant.
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Ultimate Winter Wonderland: Iditarod & Northern Lights
12 Mar 2024
Christine Alderson
5 stars
“Great way to see the beautiful state of Alaska in the winter. Bus & rail transportations were wonderful.
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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
10 Jan 2024
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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