An Amtrak train leaves the station.

U.S.A. – The National Parks Service’s ‘Trail & Rails‘ program is back for another year, allowing visitors to experience 11 national park sites by train in partnership with Amtrak.

Trails & Rails volunteers join passengers on select Amtrak trains with trunks of props and maps, explaining the historic and natural resources of the passing areas. The program is made up of volunteers, all of which meet Amtrak’s requirements for physical fitness and must learn to use the PA system, wander through the train, and greet passengers in the lounge car.

The 11 host sites range from coast to coast, offering guests a unique look at sites from the National Parks of New York Harbor in New York to the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in California. The 11 sites are as follows:

  • National Parks of New York Harbor
  • Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
  • Gateway Arch National Park
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle Unit
  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

While each park has a different yearly schedule, some start as early as March, while others end as late as November. A full schedule, including the train routes, can be found here.

Trails & Rails volunteers

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