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Vacations By Rail® Offers Travelers Experiences of a Lifetime with 2015 Special Events

The Calgary Stampede, Fall Colors of New England, Yellowstone and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Among Experiences Offered in 2015

Vacations By Rail® Offers Travelers Experiences of a Lifetime with

2015 Special Events and National Park Vacations
The Calgary Stampede, Fall Colors of New England, Yellowstone and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Among Experiences Offered in 2015

CHICAGO – July 7, 2014 – Vacations By Rail, the most comprehensive global rail provider in the United States, is helping travelers check classic experiences off their bucket lists in 2015 with a selection of rail vacations that provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences along with visits to the U.S. and Canada’s most treasured National Parks. Whether you’ve dreamed of a visit to Yellowstone, taking in the fall foliage in New England and Quebec or experiencing the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Vacations by Rail can help travelers experience it, while taking in the scenic landscape of the country by rail.

“A recent survey of Vacations By Rail customers found that 38 percent of travelers are interested in visiting National Parks on their next vacation,” said Todd Powell, co-founder and president of Vacations By Rail. “A vacation that combines travel on an iconic rail route with a visit to a National Park and attending a special event, makes for an extraordinary trip that will provide memories to last a lifetime.”

New 2015 Event and National Park Vacations include:

National Parks and The Wild West: Discover Cowboy Country on a 12-day tour through America's Wild West. Beginning in Chicago, San Francisco and anywhere in-between, board the legendary California Zephyr for the overnight journey west to Utah. Travel by coach to Jackson, gateway to Grand Teton National Park and a quintessential cowboy town complete with wooden plank sidewalks and saloons. From here, travelers visit America's first national park, Yellowstone; Buffalo Bill's stomping grounds in Cody; and, Glacier National Park with its Going-to-the-Sun Road. Prices start at $2,899 per person, based on double occupancy.

Calgary Stampede and The Rockies: Experience the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” on this nine-day tour to the Calgary Stampede, celebrating its 103rd anniversary in 2015. Highlights of this must-attend annual event include the GMC Rangeland Derby including chuckwagon races, the Stampede Rodeo and Grandstand shows, the Western Oasis, Indian Village, and the Bell Midway Circus among hundreds of other events and activities. While the Calgary Stampede is the cornerstone of this tour, travelers also enjoy visits to some of the most acclaimed towns and attractions within the Canadian Rockies including Banff National Park, a drive along the famous Icefields Parkway with a visit to the Columbia Icefields, and lovely Lake Louise. Prices start at $2,595 per person, based on double occupancy.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta By Rail: Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta attracts visitors from around the world to revel in the excitement of this annual event and is the cornerstone of this nine-day autumn tour through the southwest aboard the California Zephyr . Travelers will enjoy access to the Balloon Field to view hundreds of colorful hot-air balloons launched into New Mexico’s sky. Admission to all of the Fiesta activities such as Dawn Patrol, Mass Ascensions and the evening Night Glow are included in the vacation package. Other highlights of the trip include visits to Moab, Utah; Arches National Park, which features more than 2,000 natural stone arches; Mesa Verde National Park to see the Anasazi cliff dwellings; a journey along the Animas River into the Rocky Mountains aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad; and a walking tour of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital city. Prices start at $2,399 per person, based on double occupancy.

Fall Colors of New England, Quebec and Montreal : Discover the fall colors in New England and French Canada on this 11-day seasonal tour featuring acclaimed rail excursions, grand hotel stays and brilliant autumn scenery. Soak up the history of Boston, the starting point of your fall foliage adventure, before traveling into New Hampshire for excursions aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad , Mt. Washington Cog Railway, and Conway Scenic Railroad. Travel through Vermont with stops at renowned local companies en route to Montreal for a 2-night stay. Continue aboard a VIA Rail Canada train to Quebec City, comparing and contrasting Canada's fall colors with those in the USA. After a 2-night stay within Quebec City’s Old City walls, cross the US-Canada border in Maine with visits to Acadia National Park, Portland, and Cape Ann before concluding your trip in Rockport, Massachusetts, with transfers to Boston’s airport and train station. Prices start at $2,699 per person, based on double occupancy.

All Special Event and National Park Vacations include train travel, meals, and select sightseeing. Vacations By Rail can arrange for connecting rail from a traveler’s nearest Amtrak station or any point along the route. Prices listed are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Call for single rates.

For more information or to book a Vacations By Rail itinerary visit or call 1-877-929-7245.

About Vacations by Rail:
Vacations By Rail is North America’s most comprehensive provider of rail travel and tours and a trusted authority on rail vacations. Travelers can choose from the largest selection of independent rail vacations, escorted rail tours, and luxury rail journeys around the world. Vacations By Rail provides superior customer service giving travelers peace of mind about their vacation with access to 24/7 Customer Service before and during travel. For more information on Vacations By Rail and the company’s products, visit or call 1-877-929-7245. You can also follow Vacations By Rail on Twitter at @VacationsbyRail or Facebook at

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