Published on : Monday, April 18, 2016
Just in time for families making summer travel plans, Amtrak is partnering with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service to expand the popular Trails & Rails program and help Americans connect with one of our nation’s true treasures – the national park system.
With convenient connections to more than 260 national park lands, monuments and historic sites, America’s Railroad® is the smarter way to see America’s natural beauty. Amtrak connects customers to some of the most famous national parks in the country including Glacier, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and more.
“A train ride does more than just transport people from point A to point B; it affords customers time to reconnect,” said Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman. “Whether that’s a card game, a meal together in the dining or café car, or a quiet moment enjoying the beautiful scenery out the window, Amtrak is the smarter way for America’s families to travel to our national parks, giving them a chance to spend time together in a way they might not in a car or on an airplane.”
As part of the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary celebration, Amtrak is offering a 75 percent discount to fourth-graders, with the purchase of one adult ticket, to promote family travel to national parks through August 31. The discount is part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative implemented by President Barack Obama to help young people connect to the outdoors.
“From the earliest days of the National Park Service, railways have helped Americans discover the natural, historical and cultural wonders of our national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Amtrak’s new offer for families with Every Kid in a Park pass-holding fourth graders will help a new generation discover everything that a national park adventure can be.”
The Every Kid in a Park initiative is part of an overall strategy to connect young people to the outdoors. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to www.everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide. Current third graders can get their fourth-grade passes starting September 1, 2016.
More Northeast Corridor customers can now take advantage of the Trails and Rails program, recently expanded between New York and Washington, where volunteers walk the train providing information on national parks and other points of interest along the route. Most long distance trains, including the Empire Builder, California Zephyr and Southwest Chief, already feature volunteer guides who are well-versed on the natural and cultural heritage sites passing by the windows of the train.
Amtrak Vacations also offers more than 50 national park packages across the United States and Canada – Amtrak’s top-selling vacations – which include hotel accommodations, sightseeing excursions, activities, dining and more.
Passengers can visit Amtrak.com to plan their trip, check out Amtrak’s generous baggage policy, and expanded pets program, as well as information on other deals and discounts.