By Train

Why Take a Scenic Train Ride this Fall?

Scenic train rides in the fall bring color and light to train vacations. When the leaves begin to change towards the end of September and peak in October, that’s the perfect time to take a rail vacation. There are so many sites and parks to see, and many train vacations are all-inclusive with trips to famous National parks that become a sea of reds, golds, and oranges during the fall months. Continue reading “Why Take a Scenic Train Ride this Fall?” »

Fun Railroad Tours of the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a number of fun tour packages. It is located in Bryson, NC and is just minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue reading “Fun Railroad Tours of the Great Smoky Mountains” »

Things to Bring on a Rail Vacation

Train rides are both fun and long experiences in which you might want to find ways to keep yourself occupied. If you’re traveling with children, this task is made even more difficult. There are some really simple things you can bring with your on a train ride. Whenever I take long train rides, I always make sure to pack some form of entainment–for me, that’s my tablet where I can watch TV or movies, or even browse the web. For others, it could be a book or a card game. Either way you look at it, you’ll want to make sure you bring the essentials for a lenghty ride on the railroad so you’re neither bored nor uncomfortable. Continue reading “Things to Bring on a Rail Vacation” »

5 Perks of Traveling By Train

Like most people, I usually fly when I am traveling, mainly because it’s the most normal mode of transportation and relatively easy. However, I used to be train girl when I was young and would travel to Chicago regularly with my mother and grandmother to visit family. I just recently rediscovered the amazing benefits of train travel over airplanes when I opted for a cheaper train ride to Chicago than the overly expensive last minute flight. Here are five perks that train travel has over other transportation and why you should convert from planes to trains.

1. Packing is EASY

One thing I am really bad at is packing and all the airline restrictions only amplifies that trait. However, while packing for a train ride I found that packing was immediately easier. First you don’t have to worry about rules like liquid restrictions. On a train you can bring as much shampoo or conditioner as you want. You dont have measure out smaller bottles or rely on the hotel brand stuff that often smells like a bad hospital bath. On an airplane food and drinks aren’t allowed, but on trains you can pack a lunch and bring as much water as you want. Another major perk.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Each year in early October, nearly 600 hot air balloons fill the Albuquerque sky for a 9 day festival that is now the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta brings balloons, pilots, and spectators from all over the world to participate in and view the event. Many people travel from far and wide to come to this event, with some organizations even setting up special tours just for the festival. For example, America by Rail offers a train tour created specifically with this fiesta in mind. Different events take place over the course of the 9 days with the most popular being Dawn Patrol, Mass Ascensions, Special Shape Rodeo and Balloon Glows. Continue reading “Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta” »

Yellowstone National Park: America’s Jewel

All About Yellowstone

Known as the first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park is one of the United States’ finest natural areas and has been a staple of American culture for more than 140 years. Yellowstone was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. The park’s 3,468 acres are mostly located in Wyoming, with property extending into Montana and Idaho as well.

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3 Reasons to Take the Train

You and your spouse have planned a family vacation for this summer. Airplane ticket prices are through the roof and you can’t imagine driving your three screaming kids for two days across the country – what’s a family to do? Or perhaps you are a college student planning on traveling to visit your loved ones or significant other – but you don’t have a car and you’re on a budget. How will you get there? Try the train! There are three simple reasons why taking the train is the best option when vacationing: it’s affordable, it’s fun, and it’s comfortable. Read on for more details!

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3 Reasons to Visit Grand Rapids

If you find yourself in the Midwest with nothing to do, why not take a trip to beautiful Michigan and visit one of its most vibrant cities? Grand Rapids is an exciting, attractive place to visit (and it was recently ranked #1 on Forbes’ list of Best Cities for Raising a Family). There’s something for all ages within this Great Lakes gem (and it’s also just a short drive away from the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan!). Here are several “reasons” to visit this amazing city that hundreds of thousands of people call home.

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Remedies for Motion Sickness

Motion SicknessWhile it’s far to say most people enjoy travel, there are those whose enjoyment is cut short because of motion sickness. Car trips, train rides, amusement park rides, and more can cause someone to feel extremely ill. Motion sickness in some individuals can be triggered just by walking!  Although a train trip or boat ride might sound really fun to someone, if they suffer from transportation sickness they may refrain from tagging along.

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Take a Train Vacation to Branson, Missouri

Take a train vacation to Branson, Missouri.

Did you know that Branson, Missouri is within a day’s drive for 50 percent of the U.S. population? Due to its proximity and attractions along Highway 76, Branson has become a popular tourist destination for people from all regions of the country.  Known as a “rubber tire” destination, the majority of visitors to Branson arrive by cars, RVs and tour buses. However, not all of the tourists come on wheels! Another popular, and more romanticized, way to travel is by rail tours. Companies such as America by Rail offer Branson tours that take visitors directly to Branson. They also provide tours to many other desirable destinations scattered across the country.

Visitors many use all kinds of transportation to get to Branson, but what do they all do when they arrive? Below are five popular visitor attractions with rave reviews worth checking out while in town.

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