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Expert Advice, News, Tour Resources & More - Traveling by Train

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.

Top Attractions in the Canadian Rockies

​Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxing sightseeing, or getting close to nature, the Canadian Rockies is a great spot for your next vacation. There's an endless supply of activities—everything from walking on glaciers, winding down mountain roads, or relaxing at a spa with a gorgeous backdrop.

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The Best USA Winter Getaways

Winter vacation destinations beckon throughout the United States for nature-lovers and city-fans alike. Whether you’re looking to escape the chilly snow or relish its lovely scenery, consider brightening your colder months with a U.S. rail vacation.

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Must Have Travel Gadgets

In this day and age, there are so many cool devices. What was travel like without our smart phones or tablets? Paperback crossword puzzles probably wouldn't cut it in today's world. Aside from our personal devices, there are some amazing travel gadgets perfect for your next rail vacation.

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25 Must Take Train Trips

Some of the best destinations all across the world also offer some of the most scenic train routes. The trips can be just a few hours long or can even last for days, but the experience lasts a lifetime.

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Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer

The Rail Insider talks with Natalie McCall, Train Manager for the Rocky Mountaineer. Natalie discusses the award winning Rocky Mountaineer experience, including the highlights of each of the four routes, Red Leaf and Gold Leaf service and insider tips for getting the most out of the journey. With over 14 years of onboard experience, Natalie provides a unique insider prospective to the Rocky Mountaineer.

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Top Rail Journeys

The Rail Insider discusses 5 Top Rail Journeys, the Coast Starlight, the California Zephyr and the Adirondack in the United States, the Canadian in Canada and the Bernina Express in Switzerland.

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National Train Day

The Rail Insider interviews award winning producer/director Richard Luckin, creator of railroad documentaries broadcast on PBS and available on DVD. Vacations By Rail broadcast four of Luckin’s documentaries, including Super Chief: Speed – Style - Service, on in celebration of National Train Day. Episode XI – National Train Day is a companion podcast to the National Train Day celebration and broadcast.

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Nevada and Utah Autumn Rail Tour

Rail Insider Episode X welcomes back Carl Fowler to discuss the Nevada and Utah Autumn Rail Tour. This unique tour not only appeals to rail enthusiast, with exciting steam trains, narrow gauge railroads and fabulous photo opportunities, but Carl discusses the allure of the landscape and history of this vast and mountainous region of the United States. From ghost towns and lonely roads to steam engines and mountain passes, the Nevada and Utah Autumn Rail Tour is rich in history, scenery and fall colors.

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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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VIA Rail’s Canadian service between Vancouver & Toronto

Rail Insider Episode VII introduces listeners to VIA Rail’s famous Canadian service between Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto Ontario. In this episode, the Rail Insider speaks with Ali Macaraeg of VIA Rail Canada about The Canadian’s 4 day/3night Trans-Canadian adventure, which has been designated by National Geographic as one of the great journeys of the World. Listeners will learn about The Canadian route, on board services, dome cars and sleeping accommodations. Maps and itineraries that include the Canadian, such as Canada by Rail and The Canadian, can be viewed at

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