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Discover The National Parks By Rail

Amtrak Vacations® and national parks truly go hand in hand. So see our great nation’s national parks the way they were meant to be seen, by train!

Hop aboard the Amtrak Empire Builder® and enjoy a scenic ride that follows the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as the train makes its way to destinations like Glacier National Park. Embark on the Southwest Chief® for a majestic ride through the desert to Grand Canyon National Park. And enjoy the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains and the countryside along Interstate 80 aboard the California Zephyr®. Our national parks are truly amazing sites to behold, and Amtrak Vacations is the perfect way to get up close and personal with them! Sit back and relax while Amtrak Vacations takes care of your rail, accommodations, sightseeing and more!

Grand Canyon National Park

Arguably one of the world’s most beloved attractions, Grand Canyon National Park is home to unique combinations of geological colors and shapes carved out over millions of years of history. Stretching 277 miles long, one-mile-deep, and up to 18 miles wide, the Grand Canyon never fails to dazzle its visitors. Keep an eye open for wildlife, like bighorn sheep, bears, and elk. And above all, don’t forget to bring your camera!

TRAVEL INFO: Amtrak Vacations will take care of booking both your Amtrak and Grand Canyon Railway for your journey into the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Glacier National Park

Deep valleys, ancient forests, and alpine scenery are only part of what makes Montana’s Glacier National Park so utterly incredible. Home to over 130 pristine named lakes, five National Historic Landmarks, and over 1 million acres that boast parts of two mountain ranges, over 1,000 species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals, Glacier National Park is a true explorer's paradise. After arriving to the park by rail, begin exploring with a boat cruise of Two Medicine Valley, followed by a breathtaking ride along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. You’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and inspired after discovering this natural gem.

TRAVEL INFO: The Amtrak Empire Builder will drop you off less than 300 feet from the entrance of Glacier Park Lodge. From the undeniable beauty and ease of travel to the destination, there is no question why this is one of Amtrak Vacations most popular destinations.

Yellowstone National Park

Located in Northwest Wyoming, Yellowstone is America’s oldest and largest national park. A natural wonder of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, lakes, canyons and unspoiled forests, it is a perfect getaway. Yellowstone is home to more than 300 geysers, including Old Faithful, and hundreds of species of wild birds and exotic plants. Outdoor activities abound including hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, skiing and snowshoeing. Go it alone, take in a scenic tour or join one of many ranger-led activities.

TRAVEL INFO: Amtrak Vacations offers several itineraries to this beautiful national park connecting through Salt Lake City.

Yosemite National Park

A designated World Heritage Site, California’s Yosemite National Park is famous for its ancient Giant Sequoias, soaring granite cliffs and tumbling waterfalls. Wildlife species include black bears, mule deer, coyotes, peregrine falcon and golden eagle. The park offers a variety of outdoor adventures, from rock climbing and rafting to horseback riding and snowtubing. Be sure to attend one of the parks special events like fireside storytelling, stargazing tours and naturalist strolls.

TRAVEL INFO: Whether it is a weekend getaway, a stop on a multi-destination journey, or a day trip from San Francisco, Amtrak Vacations offers several ways to explore the beautiful Yosemite National Park.

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