Soaring Gas Prices Shine the Spotlight on Train Travel

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Vacations By Rail's independent train packages offer an affordable vacation option for summer and fall travel.

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Many of America's most classic destinations are a train ride away.

The steady rise in fuel prices sweeping the country is making travelers rethink their summer travel plans as they begin to consider the increased expenditure to trips by air and car. But don’t nix the summer vacation just yet. Turn the family road trip into the family rail trip!

“Many of America’s most classic destinations are a train ride away,” said Todd Powell, president of Chicago-based specialty travel company Vacations By Rail. Aboard one of the country’s iconic long-distance trains, like Amtrak’s Empire Builder, California Zephyr, or Southwest Chief, travelers can settle in, enjoy the passing scenery, and leave the driving to someone else en route to popular cities and natural attractions like the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and Seattle.

“Your vacation begins the minute you step aboard the train,” said Powell. “There is always something to do, whether meeting fellow travelers from around the world, admiring some of the country’s most beautiful scenery from the panoramic lounge car, or sitting back with a good book and enjoying the silence. It is also an efficient way to travel, as dining, sleeping and entertainment options are located in one comfortable, constantly moving mode of transportation.”

Packaged train travel incorporates all of the components necessary for the perfect vacation experience: comfortable transportation and onboard accommodations, centrally-located hotels, and sightseeing in desirable destinations. In addition to providing a unique vacation experience, rail vacations are attractively priced making it an affordable option for families, couples and single travelers alike.

Vacations By Rail offers a wide variety of independent and escorted rail vacations across America as well as packaged travel through Canada, Europe and beyond. View the complete collection of rail vacations at To book a rail vacation and for information about rail-only tickets aboard Amtrak’s long-distance trains, call a Vacations By Rail travel specialist at 877-929-7245.

About Vacations by Rail:
Vacations By Rail is the leading seller of rail travel and tours in North America and the trusted authority on rail vacations. Travelers can choose from the largest selection of independent rail vacations, escorted rail tours, and luxury rail journeys around the world. Vacations By Rail also provides virtually every European rail pass and ticket to meet customers’ European travel needs. For more information on Vacations By Rail and the company’s products, visit or call 1-877-929-7245.

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