Earth Day and National Parks Week Shine the Spotlight on Rail Travel

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Go green with eco-friendly rail packages to North America’s National Parks from Vacations By Rail

A vacation to North America’s national parks provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the beauty found in the countries’ protected land and the preservation of the environment. Coinciding during the same time period, Earth Day and National Parks Week raise the awareness of “green” travel packages including eco-friendly rail vacations to the most popular National Parks—a specialty of Chicago-based travel company Vacations By Rail. The company offers a comprehensive collection of train vacations to National Parks and other popular destinations throughout the United States, Canada, and beyond.

“Travel by train is a feel-good journey,” said Todd Powell, president of Vacations By Rail. “It decreases your carbon footprint and the impact of travel on the environment while providing a one-of-a-kind vacation experience.”

Within the United States, train vacations to popular National Parks like the Grand Canyon and Glacier include travel aboard Amtrak’s storied long-distance trains. Following historic routes, the Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, and California Zephyr travel through parts of the country only accessible by train. In addition to getting a unique perspective of the surrounding untouched vistas, travelers can be confident they are traveling in an energy-efficient manner—up to 28% more so than other modes of transportation*.

North of the border, train vacations to Canada’s National Parks are equally as accessible and eco-friendly with a choice of two rail options: the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer taking travelers through the Canadian Rockies to Jasper and Banff National Parks and VIA Rail’s extensive trans-Canada rail network, providing daylight and overnight train service to Canada’s National Parks, big cities and small towns. Both trains are environmentally-friendly and employ the use of green maintenance practices making a Canada National Parks vacation an especially green one.

Vacations By Rail offers hundreds of well-planned independent and escorted rail packages that include energy-efficient travel aboard iconic trains, breathtaking scenery, and exceptional National Parks. Visit to view the complete product line or call 877-929-7245 to speak with a rail specialist.

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.


  • Data provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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