Rail Tours

Rail Tours Overview

North America has immense size and exceptional beauty. It is over three thousand miles from New York to San Francisco and nearly three thousand miles from Quebec to Vancouver. Imagine all the extraordinary places between the dual coasts that await you in this vast land. Soaring skyscraper cities and pretty white-fenced towns, snow-capped mountains, desolate prairies and glistening lakes; the spacious and beautiful national parks, the seemingly endless deserts, the extraordinary wildlife, the delicious varieties of food, the glittering oceans, welcoming beaches and perfect sunsets.

Riding the rails is one of the most overlooked and under-rated ways of seeing the USA and Canada. Discovering the USA has never been easier with the convenient rail routes offered by Amtrak, serving over 500 destinations across 46 States. In Canada, rail tours offer a unique way to see the stunning mountain scenery and many customers add a Rocky Mountaineer or Via Rail Journey onto their holiday. Sit back, relax and let the train take the strain, saving you both time and money with no lengthy airport queues or airport taxes, and also giving you extra time to explore your destination. Enjoy a comfortable and smooth ride, with large reclining seats, ample leg room and panoramic windows to admire the North American landscapes passing by.

At Discover North America, we can offer you a wide-selection of rail tour options in North America including; tailor-made independent rail tour itineraries, escorted rail tours and day excursions.

Tailor-Made Rail Tours

The excitement begins as you walk down the platform toward your carriage. The conductor greets you with a smile and a ‘Welcome aboard.’ Settle into your cosy on board accommodation and leave the driving to someone else as you travel deep into unspoiled natural beauty. Admire the passing scenery from your seat or the glass-covered observation car. Enjoy a hot meal in the dining car or the café, read a book, or listen to music as the train crisscrosses the country. Many of our journeys include overnight travel aboard an iconic long-distance train.

The tailor-made independent rail tours featured on our website explore the best that the United States has to offer. There are visits to national parks, foliage tours in New England in the autumn, rail journeys from coast to coast through the mighty Rockies. The rail tours showcased are purely suggestions and are intended to give an overview of what is possible. These itineraries are fully customisable and can be tailor-made to suit your own individual requirements.  If you would like to start in a different destination, use specific hotel accommodation, include an extra night here, a side-trip there and/or include tickets to an event please let your Discover North America travel specialist know and they’ll ensure they keep you on track and deliver you a perfectly tailored USA rail tour adventure.

Escorted Rail Tours

Discover North America’s most popular destinations on an escorted train tour with one of our preferred tour operator partners. Enjoy the camaraderie of group travel as you journey by train and deluxe motorcoach with your fellow travellers, following a well-planned itinerary. Visit sprawling cities brimming with excellent shopping, dining, and eclectic sights from museums to historic sites. Explore the most popular national parks on guided tours. Enjoy ample time at leisure. Led by a professional tour manager, an escorted train tour includes premier rail travel, comfortable hotel stays, guided sightseeing, and more.

Rail Excursions

Our website also showcases a selection of excursions aboard day trains in iconic US destinations: including vintage train journeys like the Grand Canyon Railway as well as scenic tourist trains like Colorado’s Durango & Silverton and New England’s Cape Cod Central Railroad.

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Take inspiration from our featured tailor-made or escorted rail tour itineraries or speak to us today on 0800 246 1241 so we can advise you on the perfect rail tour, specific to your interests, dates and budget.

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