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US Rail Travel Is A Great Way
To Explore The Country - Cheap Rail Passes
Or Escorted Luxury Rail Tours

There are several interesting rail journeys in the United States. There is a big choice of US destinations, routes and standards of quality.

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Amtrak Rail Passes

Amtrak is the name most people associate with USA train travel. Amtrak services most of the popular destinations in America and offers bookings online. If you are traveling the USA independently, Amtrak have several US rail passes worth considering:

Amtrak rail services include: Los Angeles to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight, Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder and New York to Washington on the Acela Express high speed train. Amtrak also runs the legendary California Zephyr through the Rocky Mountains.


Fares, timetables, routes, terms & conditions are subject to change at any time, so alway check with your travel consultant, travel agent or Amtrak booking office before making any travel arrangements.


Amtrak National Rail Pass USA

This USA Rail Pass gives you unlimited travel from coast to coast on Amtrak. The Amtrak National Pass includes cross-border travel to Montreal and Vancouver.

Amtrak West Rail Pass USA

Travel by train from the Great Lakes down to Texas and across the plains, deserts and mountains to the Pacific Coast.

Amtrak East Rail Pass USA

Travel the eastern seaboard by Amtrak and inland to the US mid-west.

Amtrak North East Pass USA

Travel the north east by rail from the Virginia coast to Montreal. Cities of Boston, New York and Washington are all easily reached with an Amtrak North East Rail Pass.

Do You Remember The American Orient Express Tours?

I remember taking a first class luxury train vacation across the United States aboard the American Orient Express (no longer running).

The train used restored vintage Pullman Carriages and had sleek streamliner-era lounge and dining cars. The rare dome observation car provided the perfect vantage point for viewing the spectacular scenery en route.

I experienced luxury and nostalgia for the Golden Age of Rail on board the American Orient Express Train Tour.

This US train tour had an elegant dining car, with restaurant quality meals served by uniformed waiters.


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Tours on the American Orient Express were:

USA National Parks of the West by rail - Jackson, WY to Albuquerque, NM Via Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks.

USA Rockies, Sierras and Napa by rail - Denver, CO to San Francisco Bay Area, CA Via Napa, Arches, Canyonlands, and Tahoe.

USA Great Northwestern National Parks by rail - Jackson, WY to Seattle, WA Area Via Glacier, Yellowstone, and Mt. Rainier.

USA Pacific Coast Favorites by rail - Seattle Area, WA to San Francisco Bay Area, CA Via Sacramento, San Francisco and Napa Valley California.

USA Western and Pacific Coast by rail - Santa Fe, NM to Seattle Area, WA Via Grand Canyon National Park, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Napa Valley California.

There were eights types of cabins on the American Orient Express ranging from Single Sleepers to Grand Suites. Each train cabin offered a private lavatory and sink with a private shower compartment at the end of each sleeping car. Cabins had large picture windows and individual controls for air conditioning and heat.

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