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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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Winter in the Rockies
23/Jan
Robert E Napier
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“You did an incredible job. Top notch connections and hotes. All transfers worked seamlessly. Zero problems. Documents were well explained and laid out. Will use again.
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Christmas in the Rockies
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KRISTA KEENER
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“Our airline canceled our flights so we missed the train. But working with the office staff we were able to catch up to our itinerary.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
19/Jan
Patty
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“Wonderful meals and enjoyable travel. Loved it!
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Canadian Snow Train with Jasper
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DENNIS ESTIS
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“Lovely staff, especially Waiba( spelling is wrong ).She is a French woman from Vancouver and she worked in the dining car from Vancouver to Jasper.
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Canadian Snow Train
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JOHN MARK ZEHM
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“Absolutely Breathtaking Scenery. The service was Exceptional!
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Montreal & Quebec City by Rail
30 Dec 2022
JULIE NAKAGAWA FIRTH
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“This was my first time travelling by Rail and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ease of getting on and off the train with my luggage was simple, the cabin was spacious and I could spread out with my personal items and enjoy the ride. I look forward to scheduling another trip by Rail.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
23 Oct 2022
Robert Ferreri
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“Nice that our luggage was forwarded after each part of the trip. Food on Amtrak was better than I expected (and I'm a retired chef).
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Cuisine & Culture: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville
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TIFFANY LEIGH RETZLAFF
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“This was my first trip to Europe so I didn't really have a frame of reference for what to expect, but everything with Vacations By Rail was great and a very smooth experience! The hotels booked for us were lovely and in excellent parts of town, the trains between cities were easy to navigate, clean, and comfortable, and we loved the optional add-on experiences! We particularly enjoyed the sightseeing tours we took on the first day that we traveled to each city - these helped us to get a feel for the area and plan for the thing we wanted to see and the places we wanted to eat! We had a lovely trip overall and would happily recommend Vacations By Rail to others who like a little bit of structure on trips but a good amount of free time to do as you please!
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New Orleans Express
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“My wife and I used Vacations By Rail to book our annual anniversary trip this year. We have long looked forward to taking a train trip. They booked us into a first-class hotel in Chicago, the Palmer House, and then the train trip (we rented a sleeper bedroom) was wonderful. Much better than air travel. They booked us into the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, which was another absolutely wonderful hotel. Both hotels are historic grand hotels with an enormous amount of history to them, so it's like a trip and history lesson all in one. The staff was great in both places. The Chicago hotel was right on the Magnificent Mile, and the New Orleans hotel was right on the French Quarter. The customer service from Vacations By Rail was exemplary at every turn. I wish every travel experience could be as easy as this one was. It made our anniversary truly unforgettable.
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