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Train Travel in the U.S. Is Getting More Luxurious | Condé Nast Traveler

Upscale sight-seeing tours, new products from Amtrak, and planned high-speed routes are making U.S. train travel more comfortable and convenient.

By Barbara Peterson, September 7, 2021

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Rail is on a roll, thanks to a new emphasis in Washington on infrastructure and the environment.

These efforts are boosting not just Amtrak’s fortunes, but those of private sector high-speed rail projects across the U.S. But will American travelers reap the benefits—as in, better and more reliable trains?

Train journeys have long been viewed as more sophisticated than traveling by either road or air, but train travel in the U.S. has long lagged behind Europe and Asia, where intercity trains are both high speed and high quality experiences.

In contrast, Amtrak has been plagued by aging rolling stock (some of its rail cars date back almost to its inception 50 years ago) and sagging on-time performance. That’s because the quasi-public company has spent much of its history battling congressional critics who’ve periodically voted to slash the line’s federal funding, arguing it’s a waste of taxpayer money.

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The Best Train Trips in the World: 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards | Condé Nast Traveler

The places that stayed with you in a year when travel may have been out of reach.

By Todd Plummer, December 21, 2020

For our 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, wanderlust came front and center—and what better way to indulge than with a decadent train journey?

Yes, train trips appeal to “slow travel” lovers drawn to a glamorous, old-world mode of exploration.

But there’s also something to be said about a sense of discovery found onboard a train—you’re really experiencing a landscape in a way that you can’t experience it anyway else. Here, the 10 luxury train trips that our readers selected as the best in the world. Click the link to view this as a complete list.

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10 Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Charleston | Condé Nast Traveler

When you want a view that’s as inspired as your drink.

By Paul Oswell, May 19, 2021

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Charleston is mostly a town of highs, figuratively and, in the case of its rooftop bar scene, literally.

And it makes sense: where better to soak in that balmy Charleston weather and those unparalleled church spire views than atop one of the city’s many swanky hotels?

You don’t have to be downtown to catch that sweet Southern breeze, either: the watery outskirts of the city yield plenty of options. So get climbing—this is a city whose charms are best experienced from on high. These are the best rooftop bars in Charleston.

Click the link to read our complete Charleston city guide.

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8 Best Beaches in Charleston, S.C. | Condé Nast Traveler

Sun, sand, surf, trails—in this city, you’re never far from a shoreline.

By Stephanie Burt, March 15, 2021

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Sand between your toes and salt breezes are always easy to find in this part of South Carolina—and the barrier islands beyond Charleston’s city limits beckon for an afternoon jaunt where you might spot dolphins frolicking, or be tempted into savoring a double-dip ice cream.

Most are no more than an hour drive from downtown, but you’re able to find every kind of beach experience under the sun, from family days with plenty of amenities to secluded spots where it’s just you and nature, to historic lighthouses and wild beaches that look as if they’re right off the set of Cast Away.

Grab a towel and a sturdy pair of sandals, and get on the road—these are our absolute favorite beaches in Charleston.

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5 New Train Routes We’re Excited About | Condé Nast Traveler

From scenic island circuits in Japan to Rocky Mountain adventures, these new train experiences have us excited about the future of rail travel.

By Julia Eskins. February 17, 2021

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Rumblings of a railway renaissance have been swirling recently, thanks to a growing interest in sustainable transportation.

And with new tracks being laid and upgraded trains to look forward to, post-pandemic travel could involve taking the scenic route more often.

More travelers are eyeing ways to not only make their future trips stress-free, but also more eco-conscious. Countries like Scotland and Spain have announced plans to roll out zero-emission hydrogen-powered trains.

The European Commission has dubbed 2021 the European Year of Rail, which aligns with their goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Even President Joe Biden, who earned the nickname Amtrak Joe for having famously commuted by train for decades as a senator, promised a “second rail revolution” on his campaign trail.

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Family Camping Guide: Everything To Know About Camping with Kids | Condé Nast Traveler

How to Plan a Seamless Family Camping Trip

By Lauren Matison, April 15, 2021

Step-by-step guidance on finding a campsite during high season, easy and delicious meal ideas, and games that’ll turn your kids into lifelong campers.

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One of life’s guaranteed adventures, besides having kids, is a family camping trip. Because when we’re talking about that trusted recipe for fun—dirt, fire, stars, and wild places—it’s nearly impossible for kids not to have a good time. But if you’re intimidated by the idea of planning your first family camping adventure, we have good news: there’s no one right way to do it. 

“Don’t confine yourself to this picture of what you think camping is from what you’ve seen in films, TV, or magazines,” said Jahmicah Dawes, father of two young boys, and the owner of Slim Pickins Outfitters, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop, in Stephenville, Texas.

“We went about camping a different way, subscribing to more of the glamping side first. We would stay in cabins, go on group trips with other families. Our most successful “campout” with small kids was in our backyard. I’m thoroughly okay with that. I want to cultivate a love of the outdoors for our family first.”  

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