Need a Weekend Away? Hit the Rails to These 5 Virginia Destinations

by Amtrak Virginia | Posted: Jul 11, 2018 | Updated: Jul 16, 2018

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**This post is written in partnership with Amtrak Virginia and Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation.**

 

One of the most fun and exciting parts about exploring Virginia is just how much variety you’ll find here. The Commonwealth takes you from the beach to the mountains, with bustling cities and charming small towns. Whether you like to slow down and relax when you travel, or you like your vacations action-packed and heart-pumping, you’ll find so much to love here.

Even better, you can skip the drive and take the train to many of Virginia’s wonderful vacation destinations. Amtrak’s nine passenger rail routes and 23 stations offer a wide array of options. Stretch out and enjoy the journey in wide, comfortable reclining seats with plenty of legroom. Break out your devices and take advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi service and in-seat power outlets. And, if you need a little refreshment, visit the café car, where sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold beverages are available for purchase.

Ready to head out on a little getaway? This post includes five destinations with five different inspirations. Take a look and see how you’d make them your own!

 

Hilly Getaway – Lynchburg

Scenic beauty of Lynchburg

Amtrak Station (LYH)

The Blue Ridge Mountains are stunning, but their beautiful foothills also offer many charms – like Lynchburg, the “City of Seven Hills.” It’s a vibrant and historic city that keeps getting better with time, offering new forms of adventure, entertainment, amusement and relaxation.

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Relaxing Getaway – Ashland

Ashland/Hanover Visitor Information Center

Amtrak Station (ASD)

Ashland is full of small-town charm and friendly hospitality. Located right in the center of Virginia, it’s affectionately known as the “Center of the Universe” by residents for its central location within the state. Stroll down tree-lined streets, explore historic sites and enjoy unique shops and restaurants. Or, if you do want a few thrills, check out nearby amusement park Kings Dominion.

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Artsy Getaway – Staunton

Downtown Staunton

Amtrak Station (STA)

For all things arts and culture, you can’t miss Staunton. It’s an extremely walkable city, with a compact downtown featuring stunning, carefully preserved architecture and over 100 unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Added to the area’s museums, historic sites and theatres, you’ll stay busy on your visit.

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Get-Outside Getaway – CulpeperDowntown Culpeper

Amtrak Station (CLP)

The scenic Culpeper countryside offers stunning views – and a plethora of opportunities to hike, bike, canoe, fish and ride horses. Or, take in some fresh air and walk around the revitalized downtown area, filled with art and antiques, quaint shops, country stores and foodie-friendly restaurants.

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One-Day Getaway – Manassas

Manassas train station.

Amtrak Station (MSS)

If you only have time for a quick trip, you can’t miss Manassas. Known for its Civil War history, Manassas features wonderful museums and a charming historic district, perfect to explore on a day trip. You’ll learn a little, shop a little, meander a little – and definitely eat a little.

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Plan Your Getaway Today

Head to Virginia.Amtrak.com to book your tickets for a comfortable, convenient travel experience. Book at least 14 days in advance to save up to 25%, or check out the everyday discounts we offer. Amtrak is happy to be part of your adventures in Virginia!

 

Amtrak Virginia makes it easy to travel within the Commonwealth and throughout the Northeast Corridor. With nine passenger rail routes and 23 stations, Amtrak takes you directly to many of Virginia’s most popular destinations. All trains offer travelers wide, comfortable reclining seats and generous legroom, along with complimentary Wi-Fi service and in-seat power outlets.

 

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This article is disingenuous. It would be horrible to take a train to any of these towns and be stuck there without a vechicle to get around. e.g., Kings Dominion is over 10 miles from Ashland. Uber is not great there either.

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Virginia Beach How much Round Trip, And how long does it take.