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Switch up your holiday itinerary this year with a winter vacation. There are many appealing things about traveling during the winter months: Popular attractions are devoid of summertime tourists, trains are less crowded and, of course, the scenery is amazing. Plains and prairies are blanketed with freshly fallen snow, and mountain peaks are dressed in their winter white. All of this paired with ice-encrusted rivers and frozen lakes make for some of the most incredible sights to behold. The best winter vacations highlight the beauty of the landscape while also capturing the spirit of the season. 

Visit alpine towns chock-full of winter activities, such as Banff or Jasper in the Rocky Mountains of Canada or the resort cities of the Swiss Alps. In these destinations, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are among the most popular ways to savor the winter scenes. Ride a snow train from Chicago to San Francisco or Seattle for a look at the ever-changing vistas of winter as you travel between states.  Take a train trip past the Arctic Circle to watch the Northern Lights play across the sky in places like Alaska and Scandinavia. A winter holiday may also venture to Europe, where traditional Christmas markets fill the air with spiced aromas and the joyous sounds of festive music. 

Winter holiday destinations do not have to be cold, though. Rather, travelers have the option to escape to warmer havens to soak up the sun and leave the cold far behind them. These trips combine thoughtful train itineraries with ocean cruising to destinations like Hawaii and the  Western Caribbean. Winter vacation ideas are as diverse as the travelers that set out upon them. 

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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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Heritage Tour
4.3 stars(142 reviews)
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  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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Cuisine & Culture
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  • DestinationItaly
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Montreal During Foliage Season
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Heritage Tour
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  • DestinationSpain
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The Northern Lights & Lapland
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
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Banff Winter
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Canadian Snow Train
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  • DestinationGermany
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Sierra Nevada Mountains
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Empire Builder Between Chicago and Seattle
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
26 Feb 2024
VANESSA COLE
5 stars
“Great adventure
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Alaska Northern Lights & Aurora Train
25 Feb 2024
Chris Wall
5 stars
“This was a wonderful trip! We enjoyed all of it. The only downside was being tired after losing 2 nights sleep viewing the Aurora, then hopping on a train for the 12 hour ride to Anchorage. But it all worked out great!
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Winter in the Rockies
22 Feb 2024
MICHAEL MEYER
5 stars
“Amazing winter ride. :)
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
21 Feb 2024
CAROLYN MARGARET ERLANSON
5 stars
“Five star staff and meals and accommodations
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Canadian Snow Train
21 Feb 2024
VICTORIA LEEANN STONER
5 stars
“Sleeper cabins with private toilet, food included, non alcoholic beverages included, snacks, and entertainment on the train is fantastic. The shared shower is a little less fantastic, might need and automated sanitization system. The experience was 10/10 would recommend.
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Canadian Snow Train with Jasper
06 Feb 2024
Susan
5 stars
“This trip was amazing and would highly recommend to anyone interested in train travel.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
05 Feb 2024
CONNIE DODSON
5 stars
“Married 33 yrs and our 1st train trip together! We had no idea what to expect and were very happy with all aspects of the vacation by rail. First, Dorian D at vacations by rail is an asset to the company. She answered alllll of my questions kindly and patiently. Had she not been so, i doubt l would have booked as it was a spur of the moment decision to call. Next, the Amtrak meals and service were outstanding! Picture riding along at sunset, enjoying a delicious 3 course meal, prepared and served with a rocking smile! The Grand Canyon Railway hotel, Judy and Lindsey shuttled us safely, the train and robbers were great, as were the musicians and conductors/guides. Maswik staff Beau, Chelsea, and team were welcoming, kind, and helpful. We will travel.this.way again
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Aurora Viewing at Chena Hot Springs
30 Jan 2024
JEAN ZASKE
5 stars
“A great trip!
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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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