<![CDATA[Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> en-us Wed Apr 23 10:48:52 EDT 2014 Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Celebrate Earth Day Every Day]]> Learn Some Simple Actions that will Help Combat Climate Change

Earth Day was started in 1970 as a day to shine a light on the state of our environment, but has evolved into a world-wide campaign to protect our planet. On April 22, celebrate our world: get involved and help create a healthier planet. Take a ride on Amtrak to travel greener and visit the links below to learn more.

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<![CDATA[Dining Car Deliciousness | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> Simple Savory Goodness Found in Amtrak Salmon and Steak Dinners

The all meals included with Sleeping Car accommodations benefit quickly became our favorite train travel perk. My friends and I took note of other advantages as well, namely; that traveling by train was much more casual and hassle-free than airline travel, and it'll win over those really long car drives any day of the month.

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<![CDATA[Our Beautiful Train Journey from the High Deserts to the Lush Bay Area]]> Why the Train is Better Than Any Other Mode of Transportation

It was going to be a family gathering in Monterey, California. These affairs aren't always so joyous in my family so I decided I was going to have a good time getting there and back - I was taking Amtrak. It started out in Albuquerque, which I had to drive to because there's no passenger rail service in the Texas Panhandle where I live.

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<![CDATA[Destination Montreal]]> How to Savor the Flavor in Just One Day

Journeying to Montreal via the Adirondack, one of the country's prettiest rail routes, is a splendid prelude to the bounty that lies ahead. For upon arrival, I discover that Montreal is an enchanting feast of culture, art and cuisine, flavored with a bilingual population who are delightfully welcoming.

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<![CDATA[Unexplored Points of View | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> High Plains and Headspace on the Empire Builder

I boarded the train from Chicago to Portland, preparing to retrace the route I'd traveled just three days earlier and surprised to realize that what I was craving most wasn't a second look at the snow-covered Rockies or Oregon's striking Columbia Gorge, but the stark plains of eastern Montana and North Dakota. On the trip east, I couldn't wait to get out of the Northern Plains. Then the train reached the outskirts of Minneapolis and I'd felt an unexpected twinge of loss for all that emptiness.

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<![CDATA["America's in Training" — The Next Generation]]> 25 Years in the Making

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<![CDATA[Riding All Amtrak Routes]]> If Amtrak Goes There, I've been There!

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<![CDATA[Train of the Month: Auto Train]]> <![CDATA[Train of the Month: City of New Orleans]]> <![CDATA[Help Us Find the Next Great Travel Filmmaker]]> Cast Your Vote in the Amtrak TRAINsportation Video Contest Before May 3

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<![CDATA[Train of the Month: Northeast Regional]]> <![CDATA[Missouri "Name the Train" Contest]]> Cast Your Vote Now through January 23, 2009

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<![CDATA[Train of the Month: Coast Starlight]]> <![CDATA[Long Distance Relationship Made Shorter | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> Celebrating the Best Birthday Ever

When I was 13 years old, I met a boy named Abir at a wedding in New Jersey. I lived in Luxembourg (a tiny country in Western Europe) at the time. We started speaking online, and the following year I visited New Jersey for winter break. I took two airplanes to get there, all alone at 14. We saw each other and, as young as we were, fell in love.

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<![CDATA[30-Day Rail Pass for My 30th Birthday | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> A 9,956-Mile Journey Starts with One Amtrak USA Rail Pass

I love to travel. Being able to experience new places and new things is something that I truly love doing. A few years ago I made a promise to myself that I would travel somewhere new every year - no matter what. In October 2012 I found myself looking for new experiences. After looking on the internet and talking to a good friend about train travel I found myself on the Amtrak website looking at USA Rail Passes. What a deal! I thought to myself.

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<![CDATA[Falling in Love on the Sunset Limited | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> Our Wedding Train

Holly and I met in Seattle, Washington, on March 2, 2012 at a house concert where I was performing. To make a long story short, I already had plans to travel on the Acela Express from New York Penn Station through Washington, DC to New Orleans. On a wing and a prayer, I invited Holly to meet me in New Orleans to go to Jazz Fest, explore the Crescent City, then return with me on the Sunset Limited.

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<![CDATA[The Most Scenic Train Ride to Montreal | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> Awed by the Adirondack

In June 2012, I had the opportunity to take a beautiful train trip from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, to Montreal, Canada. I read about the Amtrak Adirondack route and that it was the most scenic train trips in the nation. I decided to see it for myself.

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<![CDATA[Train Trip to Lexington BBQ Festival | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> Taking the Grandkids for a Train Ride

While looking for a short train ride from either Gastonia or Charlotte, I found the special train stops for the Lexington BBQ Festival. So I bought some tickets and off we went.

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<![CDATA[The Wonderful People You Meet on a Train | Amtrak Whistle Stop]]> We Were Thrilled with our Trip from St. Louis to San Antonio

My husband and I recently took our first adult train trip. As we have gotten older it has become more difficult to travel long distances and we have two beautiful granddaughters in Texas. We were thrilled with our trip. The great thing about getting older is that your children now get to worry about you.

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