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Vacations By Rail's Expert Advice, News, Tour Resources & More keeps you up to date with all the latest exciting train vacation and train tour options available throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Beyond.

Exploring the Appalachians in Autumn

Rail Insider Episode IX welcomes back Carl Fowler to discuss the brand new 13 Day Appalachian Autumn Tour. Listeners learn about Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian and the Horseshoe Curve, the Cass Scenic Rail and 6 other rail excursions, as well as the historic sites covered in the tour.

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Touring New England in Autumn

Rail Insider Episode V is the third in a series of interviews with rail experts, operators and guides. In this episode, the Rail Insider interviews tour guide Tyson Verse and discuss New England Fall Foliage Express Tour. Listeners will learn about touring New England in autumn, including tourist trains, accommodations and packing tips. The complete New England Fall Foliage Express itinerary can be viewed at http://www.vacationsbyrail.com/vacation-type/fall-foliage/new-englands-fall-foliage-express.

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Amtrak’s Great Rail Journeys

The Rail Insider celebrates Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary with an episode dedicated to Amtrak’s Great Rail Journeys. The Rail Insider conducts a phone interview with Carl Fowler who rode Amtrak on May 1, 1971, its first day of operation. Carl gives his unique perspective on top Amtrak routes including the iconic California Zephyr, the Coast Starlight and 6 other “must do” Amtrak journeys.

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National Parks of the Rockies Winter Rails Tour

Rail Insider Episode IV is the second in a series of interviews with rail experts, operators and guides. In this episode, the Rail Insider continues a phone interview with Carl Fowler and discusses National Parks of the Rockies, also known as Winter Rails: Yellowstone and Rockies. Listeners will learn about the unique experience of traveling the National Parks in the winter and what makes this tour an exciting soft adventure. The National Parks of the Rockies itinerary can be viewed at www.vacationsbyrail.com.

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California Golden State Rails Tour

Rail Insider Episode III is the first in a series of interviews with rail experts, operators and guides. In this episode, the Rail Insider conducts a phone interview with Carl Fowler and learns more about the California Golden State Rails Tour. Carl discusses his motivation for designing and operating this new tour, as well as details some of the exciting experience that awaits tour participants.

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Seats and Sleepers on Amtrak

Rail Insider, Episode II, Seats and Sleepers on Amtrak takes listeners through 4 types of seating and sleeping accommodations offered on Amtrak long-distance trains:Coach Class Seating Roomette Sleepers Family Bedrooms Bedroom SleepersEpisode II builds on the information provided in Episode I, Coast to Coast on Amtrak, educating listeners on the ins and outs of planning a long-distance rail vacation using Amtrak. Episode II, Seats and Sleepers includes supplemental materials with pictures and descriptions of the Amtrak accommodations. Rail Insider Episode II, Seats and Sleepers and supplemental materials can be downloaded at www.vacationsbyrail.com.

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Traveling Coast to Coast on Amtrak

Rail Insider, Episode I, walks listeners through planning a New York, New York to San Francisco, California rail itinerary while revealing the fundamentals of planning an independent rail vacation. Vacations by Rail's 5 basic questions, as outlined in the Podcast, can be used when planning virtually any rail journey. Coast to Coast in the United States utilizes supplemental materials, such as the Coast to Coast itinerary, Amtrak National Route Map and Route Guides, which can be downloaded at www.vacationsbyrail.com.

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Spotlight On: Yosemite National Park

A place where Giant Sequoia trees meet lush meadows and rugged mountains, Yosemite National Park is one of California's most stunning sites.

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Cozy up to Winter Train Vacations

​Winter is a magical time of year complete with festive holidays and fantastic seasonal activities. It's also the perfect time of year for a train vacation to truly memorable destinations.

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New Window Trip: Rail Journeys App from Vacations By Rail

Window Trip: Rail Journeys App allows travelers to follow iconic rail routes, discovering points of interest along the way.

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