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USA Train Vacations

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America’s rolling prairies, plains, and towering mountain peaks paint the picturesque backdrop for a USA train tour. Add to that landscape bustling metropolises, expansive national parks, and acclaimed historic sites and attractions, and it’s easy to see why the United States is a perfect destination for a train trip.

The beauty of a rail travel is it begins the moment you step aboard the train. Settle into your cozy onboard accommodations and leave the driving to someone else as you travel deep into unspoiled natural beauty. Admire the passing scenery from your seat or the train’s observation lounge. Enjoy a hot meal in the dining car or the café, read a book, or listen to music as the train crisscrosses the country. While many of our independent train tours and escorted train tours include overnight travel aboard an iconic long-distance train, there is a great selection that solely feature excursions aboard day trains that are just as historic including vintage trains like the Grand Canyon Railway as well as scenic tourist trains like Colorado’s Durango & Silverton and New England’s Cape Cod Central Railroad.

Each train vacation incorporates an iconic train journey into a well-planned itinerary that also includes visits to popular destinations, comprehensive sightseeing, and more. Choose from train trips in Alaska, popular Coast to Coast train vacations, fall foliage tours, or visits to America’s national parks by train. With more than 100 vacations in the United States alone, you’re sure to find the perfect itinerary.

USA Train Vacations

Train Tours in the United States

Empire Builder Experience - Chicago to Seattle 5 days from $889

Marvel at the lush mountain, forest, plain and coastal scenery of the northern United States from the comfortable cars of the iconic Empire Builder.

Departs from April 2018 to October 2019.

Empire Builder with Alaska Cruise via Glacier Bay 11 days from $2315

Rail-cruise vacation featuring the Empire Builder to Seattle plus a Glacier Bay Alaska cruise.

Departs from May 2019 to September 2019.

Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - Chicago to Seattle 7 days from $1810

Discover all the natural beauty and scenic wonders of Glacier National Park, "The Crown of the Continent" in the majestic Pacific Northwest.

Departs from June 2019 to September 2019.

Empire Builder with Seattle, Victoria & Vancouver 9 days from $2010

On this tour of three major cities of the Pacific Northwest Coast, you’ll never be far from the sea.

Departs from May 2019 to September 2019.

Glacier National Park & Seattle 7 days from $1545

The Emerald City and the Crown of the Continent are highlights of this spectacular Glacier National Park rail vacation.

Departs from June 2019 to September 2019.

Glacier National Park Escape-Chicago Roundtrip 5 days from $1450

Travel across the Northern Prairies aboard Amtrak's storied Empire Builder en route to much-loved Glacier National Park.

Departs from June 2019 to September 2019.

Glacier National Park Escape-Chicago to Seattle 5 days from $1250

Experience the beauty of the northwestern United States first hand on this 5-day journey to Glacier National Park.

Departs from June 2019 to September 2019.

Grand Canyon & the West Coast 12 days from $2481

Nature's wonders abound on this 12-day rail vacation to the western US Highlights.

Departs from May 2019 to October 2019.

Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles 4 days from $799

The Grand Canyon awaits on this spectacular Rails to the Rim vacation.

Departs from March 2018 to March 2020.

Journey Along the Upper Mississippi 10 days from $2959

America’s Heartland is the backdrop of this 10-day rail-river cruise vacation that includes visits to Chicago, St. Louis, Hannibal, Dubuque, La Crosse, Red Wing, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Departs from July 2019 to August 2019.

Lake Shore Limited Experience-Chicago to New York 4 days from $895

Board the Lake Shore Limited and discover the famous museums, beautiful scenery, and popular sights of Chicago and New York on this 4-day rail-journey.

Departs from January 2018 to December 2019.

Memphis - New Orleans Rail - River Journey 11 days from $2738

Discover the charm of the South on an 11-day rail river-cruise adventure.

Departs from November 2018 to November 2019.

New Orleans Express 6 days from $1075

Discover the magic of New Orleans on this 6-day independent train vacation.

Departs from January 2018 to December 2019.

New Orleans Holiday & The Spirit of the Antebellum South 11 days from $3292

Aboard the festive American Duchess riverboat. On this elegant river cruise, you’ll discover the traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures and experience what remains of the grand Antebellum South.

Departs from March 2019 to September 2019.

New York to Niagara Falls 4 days from $778

Explore the stunning beauty of Niagara Falls on this getaway that hits all the highlights of the area.

Departs from October 2018 to November 2019.

Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River Cruise 11 days from $3573

Travel the storied pioneer route from Chicago to Portland by train for a Pacific Northwest adventure that continues through Oregon and Washington, following the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress steamboat.

Departs from October 2018 to October 2019.

Pacific Northwest at Christmas Time 7 days from $2015

Explore the festive scenery of Seattle and Vancouver as you discover the winter wonderland these great cities offer at Christmas time.

Departs from December 2018 to December 2019.

Portland, Seattle & Vancouver with Victoria 8 days from $2075

Explore the best cities of the Pacific Northwest as you discover the area's culture, history, modern architecture, and natural wonders.

Departs from October 2018 to October 2019.

Rocky Mountaineer & Alaska by Sea 16 days from $5915

Embark on a rail-cruise adventure of a lifetime on this incredible 16-day tour.

Departs from May 2019 to August 2019.

Rocky Mountains to San Francisco Bay 7 days from $1545

A week’s long adventure beginning in America’s metropolitan heartland and ending in the most soulful city on the West Coast: San Francisco!

Departs from April 2018 to October 2019.

Sights & Sounds of Chicago, Memphis & New Orleans 7 days from $1175

Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans are each steeped in deep music history, each playing important roles in the jazz, blues, and rock 'n roll scenes.

Departs from January 2018 to December 2019.

Smoky Mountain Rail Adventure 9 days from $2299

Scenic train excursions, the sophisticated Biltmore Estate and Southern music and culture are hallmarks of this tour through the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

Departs from October 2018 to October 2018.

Snow Train - Chicago to Seattle 5 days from $789

Travel the pioneer trails northwest to Seattle on this 5-day winter escape to Seattle.

Departs from November 2018 to March 2020.

Snow Zephyr - Chicago to San Francisco 5 days from $825

See the best of the American West this winter as you travel from Chicago's winter wonderland to the shores of San Francisco.

Departs from November 2018 to December 2019.

Southwest Chief with Santa Fe and Albuquerque 6 days from $945

Venture from the heart of the Midwest to the American Southwest on this exciting adventure from Chicago, Illinois to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Departs from October 2018 to October 2019.


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