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The Best of Vacations By Rail: A Year in Review

8 August 2020

Come along for a walk down memory lane as we look back on the very best of Vacations By Rail from this year's travel season. Travelers journeyed to idyllic destinations throughout the United States and to wonderful cities throughout Canada and Europe. Memories were made under the changing colors of autumn leaves and amongst the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Here are some of the most unforgettable rail tours of 2019:

Colorado Rail Experience

The wonders of Colorado lie ahead on this 8-day journey, which includes five scenic railway excursions; landmark sights, such as Pike's Peak and the Garden of the Gods; and even a visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America.

Durango Silverton Railway

Autumn Tour in New England

Let the vivid hues of autumn be the guide for this journey through New England. Travel through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire while admiring the foliage aboard scenic trains, along the famous Kancamagus Highway and from famous museums and sites throughout the East.

Massachusetts Coastal train

Canadian Rockies by Rail

The amazing sights of the Canadian Rockies are on full display while traveling through Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff on this week-long expedition. The journey includes a ride aboard VIA Rail's Canadian and unforgettable adventures, such as a ride aboard an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier.

Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park

America's Great National Parks

An adventure of a lifetime awaits as the Empire Builder whisks guests west, where some of the nation's most impressive scenes are forever protected in national parks. During this 13-day voyage, the beauty of Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks surrounds, and the true spirit of the Wild West is captured.

Canyonlands National Park

Great Parks of the Southwest Featuring the Grand Canyon

Marvel at sights of five national parks - Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Arches - and one of the greatest wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, while exploring the beauty of the Southwest on this tour.

View over the south and north rim part in grand canyon

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

Explore one of the most picturesque destinations in the world by train on this grand journey through Switzerland. Travelers enjoy the breathtaking vistas aboard five scenic railways, including the GoldenPass Panoramic, and through memorable excursions to places such as Lake Lucerne and Mount Jungfraujoch.

Switzerland Train

Alaska the Greatland

Ride aboard the Alaska Railroad, catch a glimpse of the tallest mountain in North America, and get acquainted with the Alaskan way of life over nine days. This thoughtful tour presents both the cultural and natural sides of Alaska as travelers move through Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna, Seward, and Anchorage.

Denali Star Train

Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim

A roundtrip adventure from Chicago, this rail tour takes travelers from the Midwest to the edge of the most impressive canyon in the world. Travelers enjoy travel aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief to Williams, AZ, and aboard the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the amazing Grand Canyon. The awe-inspiring views are just part of what makes this journey so spectacular.

Horseshoe bend

Beautiful Banff Rail & Drive

Enjoy service that is nearly as impressive as the scenery while traveling between Vancouver and Banff aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Upon arrival in the Canadian Rockies, a rental car offers the freedom to see the best of the resort towns and surrounding wilderness at your own pace.

Scenic Icefields Pkwy In Banff

Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands

Castles, cruises, whisky and great adventure beckon on this 9-day tour of Scotland. Explore the West Highlands and Cairngorm Mountains while traveling aboard heritage trains, such as the Jacobite Steam Train, and touring world-famous sites, such as Loch Ness and Neptune's Staircase.

Urquhart Castle

The best of Vacations By Rail is yours to behold. Contact a rail specialist for more information about any of these featured tours or to find the tour that will make your 2020 a year to remember, as well.