For many of us, traveling is one of the great pleasures life has to offer. Experiencing new places, different cultures and beautiful sights adds depth and excitement to our lives. But with the rising costs of airline travel and the hassles associated with road trips, it’s easy to get discouraged about planning a vacation.
That’s where train travel comes in.
Traveling by train is not only affordable and convenient, it can also be stylish and fun. Train trips can help you avoid the stress of dealing with delayed flights and traffic jams, while also allowing you to see more of the country on the way to your destination.
No matter where you live, or where you want to go, there is most likely a train trip out there that will appeal to you. Here are a few ideas to help you get inspired to plan a vacation by train:
Boston is a beautiful, historic city that’s easy to explore on foot and easy to get to by train. Amtrak is currently running a wonderful promotion for those traveling from Philadelphia or New York City. When you book Amtrak’s Boston Getaway package, you can save $25. Package highlights include a two-night stay at a Boston hotel and a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city.
Broadway in Chicago
Hop on a train in the morning and you could sit down to see a Broadway show that same night! Chicago’s Broadway district is now only a train ride away thanks to Amtrak. In fact, you can book your tickets to shows like “Hamilton,” Disney’s “Aladdin” and “Escape to Margaritaville” directly through Amtrak’s site.
The Wonder of Crater Lake National Park
While Crater Lake National Park is buried under snow for most of the year, it’s a trip worth taking during the warmer months. Home to the country’s deepest lake, which is surrounded by 2,000 foot cliffs, the park is truly a sight to behold. If you are traveling by train from Los Angeles or San Francisco, you can book a vacation package through Amtrak and save $25 on a regular trip or $100 if you upgrade to sleeping accommodations. The package includes a two-night stay in a hotel; a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Crater Lake; and roundtrip train accommodations.
Yosemite National Park Adventure
A vacation to Yosemite National Park is something every American should experience in their lifetime. Luckily, Amtrak can help you get there. By putting your starting point into Amtrak’s fare finder, Amtrak can build you an itinerary that includes both the train and the Thruway bus service—both of which you can book directly from Amtrak’s website. Within no time, you’ll be in the middle of one of nature’s most wondrous national parks, complete with waterfalls, scenic overlooks and giant sequoias.
Train to San Antonio, Atlanta, Miami and More
From great restaurants, fun nightlife and intriguing museums and shops, many of the country’s cities make for an exciting getaway. Amtrak is currently offering special deals on trips from New York to Miami, Atlanta to New Orleans, Washington to Durham, North Carolina, and El Paso, Texas, to San Antonio, among others. Explore everything these cities have to offer with an Amtrak train trip.
Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or an extended vacation, traveling by train is an excellent way to get wherever you are going.
Hilary Young is a writer dedicated to helping older Americans live healthier, more fulfilling lives. She currently blogs for HuffPost50, Fifty Is The New Fifty and Medical Guardian. You can find her on Twitter as @hyoungcreative.