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7 Weekend Train Getaways to Take this Summer

By Amtrak Vacations Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Read time: 4 minutes

If the thought of a taking a long, elaborate, multi-destination summer vacation is somewhat daunting, consider downsizing your travel plans with a weekend train getaway!  Sometimes a smaller, budget-friendly, three- or four-day weekend getaway is all that's needed to relax, unwind and discover somewhere new.  And with over 500 Amtrak stations across the US, you can easily and conveniently get to a destination in your home state by train, or visit a destination in an adjacent state without the hassle of a long, cramped car ride or the stress of air travel. The following getaways offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family adventure, a romantic escape with your significant other, a fun trip with friends, or even the chance to travel solo and get away from it all.


Washington DC Skyline

Capture all the excitement, history, and adventure in our nation's capital on this Washington, DC Ultimate Getaway! From the countless monuments and sights along the Washington Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue to the many popular museums around the city, there’s something special for everyone when visiting Washington, DC. Spend the day exploring the city and at night tour the monuments as they are lit up to show their full glory. You will truly get a full experience during this four-day getaway!



Discover all the “Windy City” has to offer on this three-day Chicago Getaway. Take a stroll down the Magnificent Mile, which features world-class shopping or enjoy some of the best music on the planet at one of Chicago's amazing blues clubs. Explore Millennium Park and spend some quality time at Navy Pier. Your getaway also includes a Chicago CityPASS, which gives you access to some of the most popular attractions in “Chi-Town,” like Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Skydeck. There is so much to do and see here, and this three-day getaway is the perfect way to experience this fabulous city!


San Francisco Golden Gate

This four-day San Francisco experience is the perfect way to discover the “City by the Bay.” Explore San Francisco's most popular areas with a multi-day hop-on, hop-off pass. Visit the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for amazing views of the city. Enjoy breathtaking scenery at the Japanese Tea Garden and take a stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Your San Francisco Ultimate Getaway also comes with a CityPASS®, which includes a Muni and Cable Car Passport, prepaid admission to the California Academy of Sciences, and a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure.



Enjoy four days in the “City That Never Sleeps” on this New York City Ultimate Experience! Visit famous New York City landmarks, including Union Square, Rockefeller Center, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Soho. Your getaway also includes a New York CityPASS®, which gives you admission to iconic sites like the Empire State Building, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many more awesome NYC destinations. This New York City Ultimate Getaway is the perfect way to experience all the “Big Apple” has to offer!


Sunset over Seattle and Mount Rainier

Get ready to explore the “Emerald City” on this three-day Seattle Experience! Discover Pike Place Market and sample some delicious seafood straight from the Pacific Ocean! Take a leisurely stroll along Seattle's charming waterfront. See the entire city from the 520 feet tall Space Needle observation deck for stunning views of Mt. Rainier, the lights of downtown Seattle, and Elliot Bay. Your Seattle Getaway also includes admission to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, which features some of the most interesting and beautiful blown glass sculptures in the world. This Seattle experience makes a perfect long weekend getaway!


A prickly pear cactus proudly displays its vivid pink blossoms.on the Grand Canyon Rim.

Explore all the beauty the Grand Canyon has to offer on this fabulous 4-day getaway. Your scenic expedition begins in Williams, Arizona, where you will get the opportunity to surround yourself with nature in an outdoor lover's paradise. Then, you'll climb aboard the Grand Canyon Railway and venture where cars can't - into one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon, to explore its majestic South Rim. This budget-friendly journey allows you to discover the splendor of Grand Canyon National Park without breaking the bank.



Discover all that the city of Boston as to offer on this four-day adventure! Steeped in history, the city of Boston, nick-named “The Cradle of Liberty,” is a prized destination for anyone looking to learn more about the American Revolution. During your stay in Boston you will be enlightened with stories of Paul Revere, and John and Samuel Adams, you will experience the famous local cuisine, and explore some of Boston’s top attractions such as the New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science with the Boston CityPASS. With so much to do and see, the Boston Ultimate Getaway is the perfect way to experience this iconic city!

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