Trails & Rails Program

Onboard Heritage Appreciation

To provide our passengers with an opportunity to enrich their travel experience, we have partnered with the National Park Service to develop Trails & Rails as a way to encourage vacationers and long-distance travelers to take the train to many of our nation's natural and cultural heritage sights.

Whether visiting iconic natural treasures like the mighty Mississippi River valley, historic landmarks like the Roosevelt mansion in Hyde Park or cultural attractions like New Orleans Jazz National Park, Amtrak passengers can connect to public lands and engage in a better understanding of the need to preserve and protect these special natural and cultural resources.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, railroads played an active role in developing America's national parks and we are proud to be a part of this partnership that provides a fuel efficient and environmentally friendly way to visit public lands.

Train Route Segment To/From Participating National Park Service Area
Adirondack

Saratoga Springs, NY - Westport, NY

Croton-Harmon, NY - Hudson, NY

New York, NY - Albany - Rensselaer, NY

Saratoga National Historical Park

Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Sites

National Parks of New York Harbor

Blue Water New Buffalo, MI - Chicago, IL Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
California Zephyr Grand Junction, CO - Denver, CO Intermountain Regional Office
Capitol Limited Cumberland, MD - Washington, DC Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park
City of New Orleans New Orleans, LA - Greenwood, MS New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Coast Starlight

Seattle, WA - Portland, OR

Santa Barbara, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA

Santa Barbara, CA - San Jose, CA

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail

Crescent Atlanta, GA - New Orleans, LA Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site
Empire Builder

Seattle, WA - Havre, MT

St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN - Columbus, WI

Minot, ND - Havre, MT

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site

Empire Service Albany/Rensselaer, New York, NY Roosevelt - Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Heartland Flyer Oklahoma CIty, OK - Ft. Worrh, TX Oklahoma City National Memorial
Lincoln Service

St. Louis, MO - Springfield, IL

Springfield, IL - Chicago, IL

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Lincoln National Historic Site

Northeast Regional

Washington, DC - New York, NY

New York, NY - Washington, DC

National Mall & Memorial Parks

National Parks of New York Harbor

Pacific Surfliner

Santa Barbara, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA

San Diego, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail

Cabrillo National Monument

Southwest Chief La Junta, CO - Albuquerque, NM Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Sunset Limited New Orleans, LA - Beaumont, TX New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Texas Eagle

Chicago, IL - Springfield, IL

San Antonio, TX - Ft. Worth, TX

Lincoln Home National Historical Site

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Wolverine Chicago, IL - Niles, MI Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

   

Free Amtrak Route Podcasts on Select Train Routes

Amtrak, the National Park Service's Trails and Rails Program, and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University have created audio podcasts to enhance your travel experience on the Sunset Limited (New Orleans - Los Angeles) and Texas Eagle trains (Chicago - San Antonio - Los Angeles). The podcasts, as your trip guide, will provide you with information on the travel experience, points of interest etc. to make your rail journey more enjoyable.