America By Rail Blog

posted on February 01, 2017

Our country has some of the biggest cities in the world. Each of America’s metropolises offers the best of art, history, shopping, nightlife, and food. Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City and Washington D.C. all have unique things to do for any traveler. If you’re from a smaller town, visiting a big city for vacation can be daunting. Luckily, we offer a variety of train tours that stop in each of these major cities. Our tour directors will help you with planned excursions to get you started. Here are some of the best things to do in each of America’s crown jewels.

Los Angeles

“The City of Angels” lives up to its name with luxurious city life and miles of nearby beaches. The city is filled with tributes to the best of Hollywood. You might even see a celebrity just walking around the city.

Take a photo next to your favorite singer or actor’s star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. See if you’ll be in town for the next star ceremony for the walk of fame inductees. They’re free to attend.

Go shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The “epicenter of luxury, fashion, and entertainment” features high-end stores like Chanel, Burberry, and Rolex.

Take a beach day at Santa Monica Pier. The pier features an array of surf shops and casual dining. You can ride the Ferris wheel to see an amazing beach view, rent a beach cruiser or relax in the sand. 

Las Vegas

“Sin City” does live up to its name with hundreds of casinos and bars. Just walking down the four-mile strip and absorbing the sights and sounds is a full day in itself. You’ll definitely encounter some out of the ordinary people and places on a trip to Las Vegas.

Walk through The Bellagio casino and hotel. The hotel features casinos, daily fountain shows, restaurants, and performances right in the hotel. They’re currently showing “O” by Cirque Du Soleil.  

See all of Las Vegas from 460 feet in the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower. The nighttime view is one you can’t miss. If you can, get reservations at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant for one of the best meals in Vegas.

Experience the impact of organized crime on Las Vegas history at The Mob Museum. The museum includes interactive exhibits that educate you on the mob and the prohibition era.

New York City

“The Big Apple” is the nation’s center for theater, fashion, and skyscrapers. Each of the five boroughs has its own quirks and specialties. Times Square is something every traveler should see once with its bright Jumbotrons and street performers.

See exhibits of some of the world’s best artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Avenue. The MET includes some of Monet’s famous water lilies paintings, ancient Egyptian tombs, and Vincent Van Gogh paintings.

Take a ride to the top of the Empire State Building. Go all the way to the 102nd floor and you will see one of the best views that New York has to offer.

Walk through Central Park to see the greener side of New York. In the colder months, you can sled while there’s snow on the ground or admire the dogs of New York. In the warmer months, check out the Central Park Zoo or the Shakespeare Garden.

Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital is one of the most important places to see in a lifetime. You’ll be immersed in the history of America. See monuments from great wars we fought in and important spots for our nation’s government.

The National Mall encompasses America’s most important monuments. Pay tribute to heroes at the war memorials including WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. The Washington Monument is one of D.C.’s most iconic structures.

Visit The National Archives and view famous documents such as the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

Tour the free Holocaust Museum’s living memorial to the Holocaust. While the museum is eye-opening, it’s important to learn about this integral part of world history.

These American cities are all special and there’s no better way to see them than by train. Take one of our train tours that venture through these cities today!

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