5 Vacations That Will Make You Love Overnight Train Travel

Imagine traveling with no roads, no traffic, and no stress. Just miles and miles of natural scenery, and you’re right in the middle of it.  Take a comfortable, front-row seat to relaxation onboard the train!

For many riders, the views are the best part of the train experience and why they keep coming back for more. But the views wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable without the relaxed pace and friendly vibe onboard, especially on a long-distance, overnight rail journey. The food, the accommodations, the people onboard, and the friendly staff all contribute to a one of a kind travel experience, quite unlike any other. And if the journey is longer than one overnight on the train, upgrade to a roomette or a bedroom and enjoy the privacy and added comfort of having your own room onboard the train.

The following 5 rail experiences are as much about the train journey as they are about the amazing destinations they take you to. Each vacation features one or more overnights on the train, so you get to experience life onboard the train. And each journey can start and end from the train station nearest to your hometown, so you don’t have to make a separate trip just to get to the train!

1. NORTHERN RAIL EXPERIENCEVenture from the breathtaking great plains of the Midwest to the serene waters of the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey from Chicago to San Francisco, with a stop in Seattle. Enjoy the landscape as you travel along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. Explore Seattle on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Discover the sights of San Francisco. Spend some quality time in two majestic parts of Northern California: Muir Woods and Sausalito. And, then you’ll head back to the “Windy City” on board one of most beautiful train trips in all of North America.

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2. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK AND THE CANADIAN ROCKIES BY RAILExperience spectacular landscapes and scenery on this 11-day adventure to Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Discover the beauty of Glacier National Park as you travel along the world famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys as you travel through the Canadian Rockies. Tour the Icefields Parkway and ride an Ice Explorer vehicle onto Athabasca Glacier. Explore the picturesque mountain town of Banff and take in the splendor of Lake Louise while relaxing at the historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

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3. GRAND NATIONAL PARKS WITH YELLOWSTONE, YOSEMITE AND GLACIER NATIONAL PARKPrepare for a journey to three of the nation’s greatest national parks! Experience the best of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains onboard Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders of timeless Yellowstone National Park. Yosemite also awaits where your tour takes in all the natural glory to be found in this astounding national park. Glacier National Park is endless natural beauty with thousands and thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, soaring mountain peaks, and abundant wildlife. This is a vacation you will never forget!

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4. GRAND TETONS AND YELLOWSTONE RAIL JOURNEYExplore two of America’s grandest national parks on this fabulous rail vacation! Travel through the wide-open landscape of the Heartland of America by rail before reaching Salt Lake City. Continue on to Jackson Hole for an exploration of Grand Teton National Park and its spectacular wildlife. From there, the journey north continues to Yellowstone National Park, where you can take in the amazing scenery that has made this destination a must-see for decades.

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5. USA AND CANADA RAIL EXPERIENCESit back, relax and enjoy some of North America’s best landscapes by rail on this USA and Canada Rail Experience! Begin your journey on Amtrak’s Empire Builder traveling from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest passing through Glacier National Park. Explore Vancouver’s most popular sites including Granville Island and Stanley Park. Witness all of the city’s beauty from one of the best vantage points, the Vancouver Lookout. Board VIA Rail to embark on your cross-Canada rail experience passing through the Canadian Rockies and countryside. Spend time exploring Toronto at your leisure before continuing your rail journey home.

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