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Rail & Drive Vacations

Rail-drive vacations provide a scenic and efficient way to see the country in one well-planned itinerary. Travel long-distances by train, letting one of the country's legendary overnight trains take on the miles as you settle in for a relaxing trip between metropolises. Visit smaller towns and scenic sights by car, driving along scenic highways or local byways at your own pace, stopping to take in the sights from scenic overlooks or visit quaint communities along your route.

Rail-Drive vacations can combine travel aboard the USA's acclaimed Coast Starlight, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, or Lake Shore Limited trains with visits to popular regions in the West, Southwest and East Coast. Visit California's coastal communities or Northern California's wine country. Follow the call of the colorful southwest with stays in New Mexico and southern Colorado. Or, uncover the history of early America in New England. 

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Cabin Emerald at Lake Yoho National Park
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4.7 stars(43 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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$2,467 pp
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  • AccommodationRail
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9 days from
$2,205
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  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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8 days from
$2,216
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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7 days from
$1,855
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Alaska Railroad Traveling Through Mountains
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4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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$2,357 pp
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Hopewell Rocks Bay Of Fundy
Independent
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
$2,503 pp
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14 days from
$6,495
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Bay Of Fundy
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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$2,289 pp
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Kancamagus Highway
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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$2,519 pp
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Baddeck
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4.7 stars(22 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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$1,932 pp
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Beautiful Banff Rail & Drive
29/Sep
KATHLEEN TATAREK-VANPEURSEM
4 stars
“The train is quite comfortable, the staff is fantastic and Rocky Mountaineer is very generous with food (which was quite good) and drink. But this is a very loooong train ride. The trip from Vancouver to Kamloops was really nothing all that special. And although the second day scenery was much better we were delayed 3 hours, putting us into Banff at 11:30 p.m. So we saw none of the stunning scenery around Lake Louise and Banff from the train. We did meet many wonderful people and enjoyed the company and camaraderie; especially during the long delay. Once we picked up our car in Banff, we were able to explore on our own and that was much more enjoyable - the area is just stunning and we were treated to perfect weather. The hotels arranged for us were good, The Post in Lake Louise was outstanding! The Westin in Calgary was not, a tiny room in a generic corporate hotel with some very rude staff. But we enjoyed the city of Calgary quite a bit. All in all, we enjoyed the trip and we're glad we did it. Although I hope to return to some of the areas we explored in Western Canada, I don't think I'll be using Vacations by Rail anytime in the future. They were not particularly helpful or communicative. When I asked them to help arrange a few extra nights throughout the tour, there was initially no response to my request - you'll never get anyone to answer their phone, it's all email - and when I followed up a week later, I was simply told that nothing was available. I called the various hotels myself and made my own arrangements for the additional nights. I could have easily done that for the entire trip rather than dealing with VBR.
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Quebec City, Nova Scotia, & Prince Edward Island
25/Sep
Christie Chell
4 stars
“Canada itself was great. But the train trip was terrible as was one of the places of lodging.
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Alaska Circle Tour Rail & Car
22/Sep
DANIEL SHASSERRE
4 stars
“Trip was as advertised.
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California Zephyr with Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
22/Sep
ALLEN JONES
4 stars
“We really enjoyed the Zephyr from Chicago to Salt Lake City. The accommodations were fun, the meals were mixed - some very good; others not so much, the service by all Amtrak staff very good. The scenery was outstanding! Hotels in Salt Lake & Yellowstone were very nice. Unfortunately our trip was interrupted by the railroad strike (that never happened). Vacations by Rail has handled it very professionally and quickly. I also bought trip insurance and have filed a claim (still waiting for a resolution from them).
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