**This post is written in partnership with Amtrak Virginia and Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation.**
Virginia’s cities are thriving - and Amtrak takes you right to the heart of them! This fall, Amtrak wants to make Washington D.C. & Virginia's top rail destinations even more accessible; until October 10, Amtrak will offer $10 one-way train fares for all of Virginia & D.C., allowing you to see some of the most beautiful places on the East Coast when you travel between October 1 - 10. From the coastal Hampton Roads region to the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountain rail locations, you'll find an easy, affordable walking trip waiting for you when you book one of these incredible deals.
So put on some comfortable shoes, take in the crisp fall air, and experience one of these awesome destinations -- all without a car.
Williamsburg’s Amtrak Station is a beautiful 10-minute walk to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area. The station is right next to Colonial Williamsburg’s budget-friendly Governor’s Inn (or, if you stay in any of Colonial Williamsburg’s other official hotels, they’ll pick you up from the train station.) From the train station, walk south to buy your tickets at the Merchant’s Square ticket office. (Note: Before you head into colonial times, you may want to grab a bite at the Fat Canary, the Cheese Shop or the popular Trellis Bar and Grill.) Learn more about this 18th-century experience on the Colonial Williamsburg website. And while you’re in the neighborhood, take a stroll over to William & Mary, the second oldest college in the nation, alma mater to Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Tyler and many other prominent Americans.
Charlottesville: Home to UVA (and Some Pretty Great Shopping!)
Take Amtrak to Charlottesville, and you’ll be a 15-minute walk to Downtown Charlottesville, a pedestrian outdoor mall with unique stores, movie theatres, more than 50 restaurants and music venues that attract national acts. Or, if you want to see one of the most breathtaking campuses in the country, walk 15 minutes west to the University of Virginia, featuring the Jefferson-designed Rotunda and Edgar Alan Poe’s dorm room. Within a luggage-toting walk to the station: the Hampton Inn & Suites (an 8-minute walk), the Draftsman Hotel (10 minutes), the Graduate Hotel (12 minutes -- it’s right on the campus hotspot “The Corner”), Residence Inn (7 minutes), and Courtyard by Marriott (11 minutes).