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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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Global Rail Adventures 2023

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Cuisine & Culture: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville
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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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Seine River Cruise
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Montreal During Foliage Season
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
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The Ghan
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Canadian Snow Train
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Maligne Lake in Winter at Jasper National Park
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Coast Starlight Experience
27/Sep
PETER MISCIASCI
5 stars
“Wonderful trip! Only disappointment was the lack of coastline. The service and staff did an excellent job! Crew 8 was fantastic!
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Montreal & Quebec City by Rail
3/Sep
Spain traveler
5 stars
“This is a very nice mostly independent tour. Train, hotels and city tours are provided but all other activities are on your own. This is the kind of tour I like. The hotels we stayed in were well-located to easily walk to most attractions. Our hotel in Montreal had access to the Metro right in the hotel. A 3 day pass took us everywhere we wanted to go. Business class train travel is well worth the upgrade. Vacations by Rail are easy to contact and very helpful in personalizing the tour.
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Empire Builder Experience - Chicago to Seattle
28 Sep 2021
Melinda C., Greenbrier, AR
5 stars
“We had no idea what to expect and we're happily surprised at the ease and enjoyment of our trip. I haven't had a vacation that relaxing in a long time.
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Canadian Snow Train with Jasper
21 Mar 2020
CES
5 stars
“The Canadian Snow Train with three nights in Jasper was just spectacular! We always wanted to take a train across Canada and this one filled the bill. This trip takes you through five Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. I highly recommend doing this trip in winter because the snow just makes everything so beautiful and you are sitting on the train just taking it all in, not even wearing a coat! The three nights in Jasper was also wonderful and yes, you will need a coat but not as many layers as you might think. Yes, it is cold but it is a dry cold and not the damp coldness we have in the east.
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Winter in the Rockies
06 Dec 2019
PATRICIA
5 stars
“Train trip was interesting-food was very good. Hotels were lovely. It was very cold but the recent snowfall made the scenery seem like winter wonderland. I would recommend it to friends
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Berlin, Prague & Vienna
23 Aug 2019
Bryan Zielenieski
5 stars
“Awesome experience! I will be sure to use your services again!
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Prague, Vienna & Budapest
21 Dec 2018
Robert G, Bloomington, MN
5 stars
“the guides who took care of us were especially wonderful. The accommodations were more than satisfactory and the rail experience was very enjoyable.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
29/Sep
Donna Squires
4 stars
“You have the privacy and the real pleasure of the train !
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
16/Jul
ROLAND TSAI
4 stars
“Excellent vacation for West Coast people. Wonderful train experience on Grand Canyon Railway. It would be even better if Grand Canyon stay at Maswik can extend to 2 nights. 8+ hours no activity on the Day 4 while waiting for shutter bus is the downfall of this package..
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