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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
Independent
4.7 stars(44 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
$2,408 pp
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Rocky Mountain Colorado Autumn
Independent
4.1 stars(14 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
2024MayJunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
$2,233 pp
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9 days from
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Boston Park
Independent
3.4 stars(5 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSepOct
8 days from
$2,100 pp
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8 days from
$2,100
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7 days from
$1,819
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Alaska Railroad Traveling Through Mountains
Independent
Special Offer
4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
2024MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
$2,357 pp
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8 days from
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Hopewell Rocks Bay Of Fundy
Independent
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
$2,522 pp
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Matsumoto Castle Japan
Escorted
2023AprOct
2024MarAprOct
14 days from
$6,395 pp
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14 days from
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Bay Of Fundy
Independent
4 stars(5 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
$2,252 pp
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10 days from
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Kancamagus Highway
Independent
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
8 days from
$2,460 pp
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Baddeck
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4.5 stars(26 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
$2,264 pp
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Our customers love our Rail & Drive tours
New England in a Nutshell: Rail & Drive
17 Oct 2022
DEBRA COPELAND
5 stars
“Enjoyed the drive portion of the trip so we could explore the itinerary at our own pace. The tour of Boston was very good!
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Quebec City, Nova Scotia, & Prince Edward Island
27 Oct 2022
SCOTT GODEFROY
4 stars
“With the exception of one lodging accommodations, they were all very good. The solution to the poor accommodations was handled promptly and with great care by Eric, and I greatly appreciate his help. The main concern I had with regard to the train portion of the trip was the size of the sleeping berth. As I am 6’-5”, I was not prepared for the close quarters. For two people and carry on bags, it was very tight and uncomfortable. However, the train personnel were very accommodating and cheerful and did much to make our trip pleasurable. It was helpful having a dining car and lounge area available as well. We did have several delays (2-3 hours) during the train trip which made for a long ride but delays I am sure are expected. Overall, the trip was enjoyable for both my wife and me. If I do consider another rail vacation, like the cross Canadian trip, I will have to take a close look at the sleeping accommodations and other amenities.
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California Zephyr with Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
18 Oct 2022
THOM GEIST
4 stars
“In general it was wonderful. The train was comfortable and the scenery amazing. Hotels were all just fine. It was very disappointing that we had no access to the dining car on the train. If we had been told of that in advance we had missed it. We would not do another train trip of any length without that availability.
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Beautiful Banff Rail & Drive
29 Sep 2022
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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Alaska Circle Tour Rail & Car
22 Sep 2022
DANIEL SHASSERRE
4 stars
“Trip was as advertised.
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High Tides and Scenic Trains
16 Sep 2022
SUSAN WALFORD
4 stars
“Lovely scenery but the schedule needs refining because the train is always running late - I believe it’s only temporary due to ongoing rail upgrades and maintenance but it makes the schedule too tight for things to proceed smoothly.
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