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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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Edinburgh Christmas
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2021Dec
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Taj Mahal, Agra
2022AprSepOctNovDec
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Ha Long Bay
2022AprSepOctNovDec
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
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Palace of the winds Jaipur
2022OctNov
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  • DestinationIndia
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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  • DestinationGermany, Poland, Russia, Mongolia
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The Canadian at Christmas
2021Dec
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The Northern Lights & Lapland
2022JanFebMar
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Dalton Highway Ice Road in Alaska
2021NovDec
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
2021NovDec
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Aurora Borealis Display at Chena Hot Springs Resort
2021NovDec
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Coast Starlight Experience
10/Oct
Sandra J
5 stars
“1377 miles from Seattle to L.A. We had a sleeper room and nice large window. It was so relaxing watching the towns go by. Our room was clean, the staff helpful and friendly. The food was fresh and delicious.
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Empire Builder Experience - Chicago to Seattle
28/Sep
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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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
21/Sep
Joanne C., Two Rivers, WI
5 stars
“Everything went as planned from the ease of booking the trip, to the hotel arrangements and the rail reservations.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
20/Sep
Leticia
5 stars
“EASY TRAVEL, GREAT ADVENTURE ,OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE ALL THE WAY AROUND . A MUST DO ON YOUR LIFE LIST !!
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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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Canadian Snow Train
26 Apr 2019
Cathleen
4 stars
“I already did.
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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
27 Dec 2018
Mary F, Ashland, OR
4 stars
“My friend and I meet up each year for a trip. This was so different than our usual driving trip. We had so much time to catch up (she lives on the east coast, I on the west).
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