|Jackson Lake at Grand Teton National Park|
“Many National Parks were made popular by the railroad, so it seems especially fitting to visit them today by train,” said Todd Powell, president of Vacations By Rail, a Chicago-based tour operator and rail travel specialist.
Of North America’s 90+ National Parks, Vacations By Rail offers itineraries to 17 within the United States and 7 in Canada. In addition to independent city stays connected by scenic rail travel, Vacations By Rail offers escorted tours that combine rail and coach travel as well as independent rail-drive and rail-cruise packages.
Examples of popular favorites include:
The 7-day Empire Builder with Glacier National Park features travel from Chicago aboard the Empire Builder train to Glacier National Park for a 4-night stay and plentiful sightseeing along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the heart of the park's ecosystem, before continuing on to Seattle. Departures daily from June 17 to September 10.
|Geyers like Old Faithful are found|
throughout Yellowstone NP
The 11-day Yellowstone & Glacier By Rail escorted rail tour takes travelers across the storied western frontier including visits to Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks as well Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, and the National Oregon/California Trail Center. Tour includes travel aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr and Empire Builder, accommodations, sightseeing and entrance fees, select meals, services of a tour director, and more. Departures June 22, July 20, August 8, and August 17.
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
Best of the Rockies takes travelers on an 8-day rail journey through the Canadian Rockies aboard two famed trains, VIA Rail’s Canadian and the Rocky Mountaineer, with visits to two of western Canada’s renowned National Parks, Jasper and Banff. Additional highlights include excursions to the Columbia Icefield and Lake Louise and stays in Kamloops and cosmopolitan Vancouver. Departures are available on Thursdays from May 5 to September 29.
For more information, go to www.vacationsbyrail.com or call 1-877-929-7245.
Information courtesy of Lynne Bobak firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Beverly Burmeier