Amtrak Vacations 2012 Escorted Rail Programs

Traveling by train is one of the best ways to see the picturesque landscapes of our national parks and public lands. Relax on a smooth ride and glance out the large windows for amazing views as halting mountain ranges, rolling hills and open prairies pass by.

Accomplish your Orient Express fantasy through Amtrak Vacations, a popular escorted rail program that is growing this year. Now visitors have three new exciting itineraries and additional trip features to select from. These packages run from May through October and bring passengers on a fun-filled journey to national parks, popular cities, and local attractions. Check out the list of 2012 escorted rail itineraries.

1. Glacier Park Discovery. Visit Glacier National Park,  travel on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and venture into Canada to eat lunch at the beautiful Prince of Wales Hotel.

2. Peaks To Pacific. This tour takes you into Yellowstone National Park for amazing wildlife viewing in the Lamar Valley with an extra day/night in Grand Teton.

3. The Great Northwest by Rail. Sightsee in Seattle and then go to Glacier National Park before traveling through the Canadian Rockies and ending in Vancouver.

4. Southwest Spirit. Start at Albuquerque's famous hot air balloon festival and continue onto the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell.

5. Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘N Roll By Rail. This package is ideal for music lovers. It stops at some of the greatest musical cities in the country like Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans.

All itineraries include overnight rail trips on Amtrak. Act fast to get the early booking discount before the seats are filled! 

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