Travel the Northeast Regional in Virginia
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is the Official Travel Sponsor of the Richmond Folk Festival, an event that celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, crafts, storytelling and food. The festival will unfold Oct. 10-12 at downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.
The Northeast Regional offers direct service to Richmond’s Main Street and Staples Mills Road stations from Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and as far north as Boston.
“Amtrak is a great way for families to travel to Richmond and experience one of Virginia’s largest events,” said Jennifer Mitchell, Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
America’s Railroad® is a convenient way for families and leisure travelers to visit Richmond and other areas of Virginia to take advantage of cultural activities and events without worrying about vehicle traffic or hassles.
Travelers can board the Northeast Regional and visit the 27th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival along the downtown Norfolk waterfront the weekend of Oct. 18; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts new exhibit, “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing” beginning on Oct. 18 in Richmond; the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg, Ashland Train Day on Nov. 1; and Charlottesville during Nov. 6 -9 at the Virginia Film Festival.
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The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has partnered with Amtrak to provide more rail travel choices in Virginia. The Lynchburg train was initiated in October 2009, and serves the following Virginia stations: Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas, Burke Centre and Alexandria. The Richmond train was initiated in July 2010, and serves the following Virginia stations: Richmond-Staples Mill, Ashland, Fredericksburg, Quantico, Woodbridge and Alexandria. The Norfolk train launched in December 2012 and connects passengers to destinations north of the city. See www.amtrakVA.com for more information.