Amtrak Is Sending People On Its Most Scenic Routes For Free

Amtrak train traveling along the coast. Photo: Spark Post.

Amtrak train traveling along the coast. Photo: Spark Post.

Free Round-Trip

Amtrak launched a new program that's got the traveling community excited. The train company is looking for travelers to join its social media residency program, giving lucky winners the chance to embark on round-trip travel across Amtrak’s long-distance routes for free through its #AmtrakTakeMeThere program.

The winners, who are expected to be selected by early spring, will enjoy a complimentary trip on one of Amtrak’s long-distance routes, plus spending money of up to $1,000 for travel costs, in exchange for sharing their train travel experiences on social media.

Applications are being accepted until midnight EST on Jan. 31, after the deadline a panel of judges will pick out the travelers with the best writing, photography, video, and social media engagement skills. According to the application page, they're looking for "real people" to tell their stories. The program is meant to provide a view of the train travel experience through relatable riders as opposed to professional travel bloggers and influencers.

Amtrak’s observation car with floor-to-ceiling windows and mesmerizing views. Photo: Spark Post.

Amtrak’s observation car with floor-to-ceiling windows and mesmerizing views. Photo: Spark Post.

The contest gives riders a chance to explore American sights by train that few travelers often get to see. You'll also experience Amtrak’s overnight sleeping accommodations that range from small rooms to bedroom suites. Amtrak’s double-decker trains come complete with an Observation Car offering floor-to-ceiling windows with mesmerizing views of landscapes ranging from vibrant cities and lush forests to seascapes and vast plains.

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