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A small taste of culture and a sampling of adventure, short breaks are your chance to relax and recharge. These quick getaways, ranging from 2 to 6 days, are ideal for embarking on new travel experiences and soaking in the delights that a change in scenery can bring.

In the United States, short break holidays can take you to stunning protected parklands, including Glacier National Park, or natural wonders of the world, such as the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. Fans of city breaks appreciate samplers of some of the nation's most extraordinary locales while on getaways that feature New Orleans or Chicago and New York City.

Amtrak's well-connected railway system sets the tone for unforgettable long weekend breaks. Join the California Zephyr in navigating the great American landscape, venturing from Chicago, through the Rockies, to San Francisco. The Coast Starlight's incredible route along the Pacific Seaboard showcases California's beauty while traveling between Seattle and Los Angeles. For one of the more luxurious short breaks by rail, consider joining America's newest luxury train, Rocky Mountaineer, on its epic Rockies to the Red Rocks route from Denver, CO, to Moab, UT.

Imagine discovering Europe's unbelievable history on Euro city breaks. Though it may seem impossible, there are plenty of tour options that introduce the centuries-old architecture, local cuisine, and nuances of regional culture in one charming little package. Venture through the Scottish Highlands, explore Switzerland's charming alpine towns, or visit traditional Christmas Markets along the Rhine. Whether you are looking for short spring break trips or quick retreats into the varied countries that compose the European landscape, the continent's far-reaching railways make it possible. Some of Europe's most luxurious railways also offer a platform for adventure, even on a limited timeline. Consider short holidays that feature the Royal Scotsman or the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for a classic overnight route between Venice and Paris.

Start planning your short break with these imaginative itineraries ideal for a short getaway.

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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Heritage Tour
4.3 stars(158 reviews)
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Cabin Emerald at Lake Yoho National Park
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Kancamagus Highway During Foliage Season
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4.3 stars(56 reviews)
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2024Sep
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Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
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4.6 stars(24 reviews)
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Niagara Falls Aerial View
4.2 stars(17 reviews)
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California Zephyr
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Empire Builder Between Chicago and Seattle
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Colorful Sky Over Bow Falls
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Sunny Day At Glacier National Park
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Glacier
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Desert View Watchtower
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
25 May 2024
MARILYN SUE TAYLOR-WOODWARD
5 stars
“Great staff.
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Rockies to the Red Rocks - 2 Day Rail
23 May 2024
Elizabeth Chedester
5 stars
“This is an excellent trip! Although it seems a bit pricey, I have no regrets which says a lot because I don't like to spend a ton of money on stuff! The staff was outstanding and they gave great information and the food was excellent and the scenery was unbelievably beautiful! I highly recommend this!
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Zermatt & St. Moritz featuring Glacier Express
20 May 2024
customer
5 stars
“Breathtaking views! On time, clean, and a very smooth ride through the Alps! I highly recommend!
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Coast Starlight Experience
19 May 2024
SUSAN PEDROZA
5 stars
“The crew were amazing, very nice and accommodating.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
28 Apr 2024
cindy galindo
5 stars
“Great adventure. Exciting way to see the countryside. New perspective
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Classic Coast to Coast by Rail
16 Apr 2024
BEDWARD DUNLAP
5 stars
“This can be expensive for some people. Maybe you should offer discounts to older travelers.
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
03 Apr 2024
Chit Aquino
5 stars
“Bettles Lodge had a homey, family ambiance. Staff were very friendly and entertained us with their personal stories. I was so happy that the Aurora Borealis did not disappoint me. I will definitely recommend this adventure at Bettles Lodge.
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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
10 Jan 2024
ALLYN RICCI
5 stars
“It was a wonderful quick getaway for me, my husband, and 2 kids. They loved the train and we all experienced the Grand Canyon for the first time together. We will definitely be using Vacations by Rail for another adventure!
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New England in a Nutshell
21 Oct 2023
Stephanie Koch-Prest
5 stars
“Christine very personable and Vincent very attentive driver.
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