In celebration of National Park Week, April 21 – 29, Amtrak has relaunched AmtrakToParks.com with more user friendly features such as an improved trip planner and browser function and added multimedia.
The site allows users to see the nearest Amtrak route to featured national park sites, as well as the nearest Amtrak station.
The refreshed site features more than 235 parks, historic sites and monuments and expanded media capabilities including video from the U.S. National Park Service Trails & Rails Program, Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary and a direct link to parks related content on the Amtrak YouTube Channel. In addition, the updated site features packages and deals via AmtrakVacations.com, which include rail travel, hotel accommodations and tour tickets as well as a new downloadable map that marks National Parks and the Amtrak system. This site compliments the highly successful partnership with the National Park Service through its Trails & Rails program, which features on-train guides providing historical and geographical narrative on many Amtrak routes.
“The improved Amtrak To Parks site makes it easier to enjoy two of America’s favorite activities, train travel and national parks,” said Emmett Fremaux, Amtrak vice president of marketing and product development. “This site combined with Amtrak’s service to 500 destinations allows for quick and convenient planning to explore America’s National Parks.”
AmtrakToParks.com offers users the option to zoom in to a specific region or to customize their search based on states and personal interests — monuments/memorials, revolutionary history or water activities to name a few. Information on accommodations such camping sites and hotels is also provided. Once the user selects a national park, information on the park as well as which Amtrak route provides service to that park is shown.
The site was developed in partnership with the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. “It was the railroads that initially promoted visitation to America’s National Parks and we are excited to be working with Amtrak and Texas A&M University to once again highlight the cultural and natural treasures of the United States,” notes James Miculka, National Park Service Coordinator.
During National Park Week, admission to all 397 national parks is free. For more information on National Park Week, visit NPS.gov/npweek/.