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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.

Five of the Best Holiday Season Getaways Around the World

From the snowy vistas of the Canadian Rockies to the sights and smells of Europe’s Christmas Markets, these are five of the best holiday season getaways.

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Independent and Escorted Rail Tours: What is the Difference?

You have the option to take one of our Independent Tours or with the help of a guide on our Escorted Tours. Before booking, learn which option is right for you.

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Five Things to Do in Nova Scotia Without Leaving the Shore

​As the second smallest province in all of Canada, Nova Scotia is a quaint, charming locale that has much to offer, especially for those that love the water.

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Scenic Highlights of Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West

Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West route is touted for its unique ability to connect East and West Canada over 3,200 kilometers of track.

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Five Incredible Things to Do in Quebec City for First-time Visitors

Steeped in history and surrounded by nature, Quebec City is a favorite destination of those traveling to Canada.

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Practical Packing Tips for your Amtrak Luggage

Skip the confusion and the indecisiveness by following this practical guide to Amtrak luggage

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5 Final Tips for the First-Time Swiss Train Traveler (Part III)

Swiss trains are some of the cleanest and most punctual in the world. It’s hard to have an unpleasant Swiss rail journey.

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Six Highlights of the Rocky Mountaineer Journey Through the Clouds

Because everything is taken care of for you on the train, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

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5 More Tips for the First-Time Swiss Train Traveler (Part II)

Cowbells ring. Alphorns sing. And your electric Swiss train barely makes a sound as it winds through the valley.

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Gold Ore to Golden Vistas: A History of the Grand Canyon Train and Its Railway

Originally running from Williams, Arizona to the Anita Mines 45 miles north, the railway brought just that, opportunity.

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