Summer vacation? Amtrak Rail Pass offers 10 trips for $299 with passes available through June 22

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Looking to travel by train cross country this summer?

Amtrak is offering $200 off its relaunched USA Rail Pass to take up to 10 rides at many of the company's 500 destinations for a limited time.

The passes are available to purchase through June 22 to take a "multi-segment train journey across America" for $299, which the company says in a news release is less than $30 per ride for 10 trips over 30 days.

"We want to offer customers a truly unique way to travel this summer," Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Roger Harris said in a statement.

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USA Rail Pass is available for travel in Amtrak's Coach class and allows up to 10 segments in a 30-day period beginning with the customer's first trip and is valid for use within 120 days of pass purchase.

Amtrak says a "travel segment occurs when a customer boards and disembarks one of Amtrak's scheduled services. If the trip involves making a connection, customers will use two segments of the USA Rail Pass."

The passes can be purchased on Amtrak.com, and customers can start building their itinerary on the website or the Amtrak app.

With the app, Amtrak said customers can access their ticket, check train status and get boarding information prior to departure.

Learn more about the pass at  Amtrak.com/USARailPass  and find additional restrictions, terms and conditions here .

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Ten-ride passes are valid for ten rides within a 45-day or 90-day period depending on your selected stations.

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The USA Rail Pass will cover your fare in Coach class on up to 10 trips over a 30-day period. If you snag your pass before June 22nd, you'll get the discounted rate, which means you'll pay less than $30 a ride, which is a massive discount given how pricey some rides can get. Plus, it's significantly cheaper than most plane rides (and more scenic !).

With over 500 destinations to choose from, you can craft the most epic summer cross-country trip. But you'll need to plan wisely: According to Amtrak, one "trip" is equivalent to one travel segment, so if you need to make a connection during a ride, you'll be using two out of your 10 trips. On the other hand, some of the longest direct routes—like San Antonio to Chicago—would be considered one trip.

“We want to offer customers a truly unique way to travel this summer,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Roger Harris. “With the new electronic USA Rail Pass, customers can take advantage of a great value and newly streamlined web and mobile app interfaces to make managing personalized travel plans convenient and easy," he adds. All aboard!

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Lauren Keith

Feb 9, 2023 • 7 min read

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Use your Amtrak USA Rail Pass to take in the country’s staggering scenery from the comfort of an observation car Jacob Boomsma / Shutterstock

In this series, Lonely Planet’s team of writers and editors answers your travel problems and provides tips and hacks to help you plan a hassle-free trip. When an Amtrak question came across the transom, we turned to Lonely Planet contributor (and major train) fan Lauren Keith.

Question: My trip around Europe with the Eurail Pass was one of the best I’ve ever taken. Is there anything like this in the United States?

Lauren Keith: Hopping off and on trains, waking up to a new city in the morning, carrying your suitcase through elegant train stations, meeting new friends from across hostel bunk beds: taking an extended train trip in this fashion actually is possible in the United States .

Modeled on the Eurail Pass , which allows travel around 33 European countries, Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass might get you across only one international border. But the experience can be just as varied, intriguing and eye-opening as its European counterpart. 

The US might have the world’s largest road network, sure – but taking a car-free “road trip” across the country is a ticket to an unforgettable adventure, and may be the most European-style journey you can have on this side of the pond.

I’ve just bought my second USA Rail Pass, and I’m starting to pack my bags for my next Amtrak sojourn. In 2021, I took to the rails on a loop from Kansas City , going through St Louis , San Antonio , New Orleans , DC , Baltimore , Philadelphia , New York City and Boston . Here’s a quick dive into the nitty-gritty of the Amtrak pass and some of the questions I was most commonly asked about my trip.

What is Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass?

The USA Rail Pass allows riders to go on 10 Amtrak “segments” within a 30-day period for a set price. A segment isn’t always the same thing as a one-way journey – any time you get off the train is the end of a segment. A one-way journey between Seattle and Denver , for example, consists of two segments because you have to change trains.

Launched in 1976, the USA Rail Pass in its current form differs significantly from the Eurail Pass, and even from previous versions of itself. Instead of regional restrictions, the entire country is now fair game, and the pass is valid for a set 30 days, and only 30 days – travelers no longer have the option of choosing longer or shorter durations.

When can I use the Amtrak Rail Pass?

Once you purchase the pass, you have to use it within 120 days (about four months). After the first segment is traveled, the clock starts ticking, and you have 30 days to take the other nine segments.

How much does the USA Rail Pass cost?

Amtrak sells the USA Rail Pass for $499 at full price – but it’s been on sale for as low as $299 a couple times in the last few years. And at this promotional price, each segment costs less than $30, regardless of length.

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What are the USA Rail Pass restrictions?

While the USA Rail Pass is pretty flexible, it’s important to know a few details before buying one.

With the pass, you must travel in coach class. Business class and sleeper cabins (which are soon to be upgraded ) are not an option, unless you want to pay for them outside of the pass at the going rate. While Amtrak’s reclining seats are far superior to those of any airline’s economy class (39 inches of legroom compared with 28 inches when flying), they can be a challenge to sleep in overnight.

Passengers using the USA Rail Pass cannot ride the Auto Train (between Virginia and Florida ), Acela trains (high-speed trains in the Northeast) or Canadian routes that Amtrak operates with VIA Rail Canada. However, these regions are still accessible to pass holders on other (slower) routes.

Riders can travel between the same two stations only twice (two round-trip journeys), so the pass is best for travelers looking to explore a larger region, or the entire country. If you’re looking to commute between cities or visit friends or family in the same place, opt for a Multi-Ride Pass instead, which doesn’t have this restriction.

Though the USA Rail Pass doesn’t have any blackout dates, only a limited number of seats are saved for pass holders on each service – which means advance reservations are highly advisable. It’s possible that some trains will be unavailable; unfortunately, the number of eligible seats isn’t shown when searching the schedules. You have to reserve seats in advance, and it’s best to book your journeys as soon as you know where you want to go, even if you haven’t nailed down all the details. If you change your mind, you can cancel and rebook any time before the scheduled departure of the train, a super-flexible option.

An Amtrak Surfliner train passes a beach and the Pacific Ocean, California, USA

Where can I go on Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass?

The country is your oyster. Amtrak’s routes roll across the US from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Mexican border to stops in Canadian cities. More than 30 train lines crisscross the entire country on some 21,000 miles of tracks. Trains stop in 500 cities in 46 states, along with a handful of destinations in Canada .

How can I make the most of Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass?

That all depends on you and your travel goals. You could feel the West Coast sun along the coast in California before cozying up in a bookshop among the grays and greens of the Pacific Northwest . You could focus on the East Coast’s big-hitters, such as DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The bold could even cross the country from every direction within 30 days: east from Los Angeles to New Orleans, north from Miami to Maine , west from Chicago to Seattle, and south from Vancouver to San Diego , where you can cross the border to Tijuana , Mexico , on foot. 

Although the observation car might sound like the best way to soak up all the extraordinary diversity of scenery on an epic journey like that, I wouldn’t personally recommend it – unless you’re sure you’ve packed plenty of snacks and your body can handle days without fully lying down to sleep. The California Zephyr , one of the longest train journeys in the world, takes 52 hours from California to Chicago, and that’s assuming there aren’t any delays – a rarity.

Start by looking at Amtrak’s route map and deciding which stops are a priority. Remember that you don’t necessarily need to start from your home city: if you want to pack more in, you could fly or take a train (without using your pass) to a hub like New York, Chicago or DC that has multiple options for long-distance routes.

Another important factor is timing. You have 30 days to use your pass, and outside the Northeast, most routes run just once a day – or even as little as three times a week, as is the case for the Sunset Limited (Los Angeles to New Orleans). The small number of services mean that strange departure times are inevitable. My first trips on Amtrak in 2008 left from a small-town station in Kansas with two daily departures: 2:45am going south and 2:59am going north.

People in the grand waiting room at Union Station, Los Angeles, California, USA

Which Amtrak routes are the most scenic?

Amtrak’s long-distance trains are some of the most scenic journeys in the world. The Coast Starlight is absolutely worth a trip, hugging the coast so closely between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara that you seem to hover at the cliff edge, as if on a roller coaster. The California Zephyr takes in the widest variety of landscapes, from the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas to the salt flats of Nevada and Utah to endless bends around the Rocky Mountains . 

Even many of Amtrak’s stations are scenic. Los Angeles’ Union Station is an art-deco jewel with its own brewpub. Denver’s Union Station is home to an impressive food hall, and the coffered ceilings of Kansas City’s Union Station (do we see a naming trend here?) are just as gorgeous as those in Chicago and Washington, DC.

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By train travelers for train travelers, top 10 most scenic amtrak routes.

Southwest Chief route in Colorado

If you’re looking for a scenic Amtrak trip, you can choose from many different trains and landscapes across America. There are stunning journeys through mountains, deserts and valleys, plus travel along oceans, lakes and rivers.

The most scenic Amtrak routes are somewhat subjective, as your preference for scenery plays a role in what will ultimately be the most enjoyable trip for you. However, there are some clear winners if you want to take an epic rail vacation (see the top three on this list).

Note that rankings were selected based on rider feedback and our knowledge and experience with regional and long-distance routes.

This website is reader supported and not affiliated with Amtrak. We may earn a small commission from links on this page. For current train schedules and ticket prices, visit Amtrak.com.

10. Empire Service

The Hudson River in Poughkeepsie,_NY

Trains on the Empire Service route travel along New York’s Hudson River multiple times each day. There are beautiful views of the water, Hudson Highlands and the Catskills (both part of the Appalachian Mountains). Another great feature of this route is that day trips are easily doable, including from Albany and New York City, which are at each end of the Hudson River Valley. Other popular stops are Rochester, Syracuse and Niagara Falls.

9. Lake Shore Limited

Western Massachusetts fall foliage

The Lake Shore Limited is a long-distance route that travels through rolling hills in Western Massachusetts (via a Boston departure or arrival). You also have the option to start or end the trip in New York City to travel through the Hudson River Valley. Both segments have wonderful views of fall foliage in October, and you’ll see the Chicago skyline on westbound trips and the Erie Canal when traveling eastbound during the summer.

8. Adirondack

Adirondack Amtrak train in Port Kent, NY

Like the Empire Service and Lake Shore Limited, Amtrak’s  Adirondack  route travels through the scenic Hudson River Valley, but uniquely continues on to the shores of Lake Champlain. There are distant views of mountains, hours of water scenery and the option to travel to  Montreal  (passport required). New York City is at one end of the route and is a popular place to start this trip, especially with connections to other Amtrak trains ( view the list ).

7. Cascades

Amtrak Cascades train in Pacific Northwest

The Amtrak Cascades provides amazing views of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia on the journey between Vancouver and cities in Washington and Oregon. Highlights include views of Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Chuckanut Bay, Cascade Mountains and the Olympic Mountains. You’ll need a passport to travel to and from Canada. View all the best stops on Cascades to learn about things to see and do along the route.

6. Southwest Chief

Amtrak Southwest Chief in New Mexico

The Southwest Chief is the route to ride for unique desert landscapes and views of Old West towns. Trains travel between Chicago and Los Angeles via New Mexico, where you’ll travel through Raton Pass, Apache Canyon and along part of Route 66 and the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. For the best scenery and a shorter trip, travel between Kansas City and California, and consider a stop in Flagstaff to travel to the Grand Canyon (view top attractions along the Southwest Chief route to learn more).

5. Cardinal

New River Gorge with train tracks and bridge

One of Amtrak’s hidden gems, the Cardinal route connects Chicago with East Coast cities via West Virginia. You’ll travel through the beautiful New River Gorge (pictured above); the best direction of travel is east (departures from Chicago and other Midwest cities) or travel west in the summer to see the most scenery in the Appalachian Mountains. If you want to visit the New River Gorge National Park, book your ticket to Charleston, West Virginia and rent a car.

4. Pacific Surfliner

Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

A California route, the Pacific Surfliner has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Trains travel next to beaches and the coastline for miles — so close that you can see sunbathers and surfers on the beaches. You can easily take a day trip or weekend trip, making this route a great option if you have limited time. The end-of-the-line stations are San Diego and San Luis Obispo in the Central Coast (view all the best stops on the Pacific Surfliner to learn more).

3. Empire Builder

Empire Builder in the Rocky Mountains

The Empire Builder showcases diverse landscapes across the United States. You’ll see farms, forests, prairies and rivers in the Midwest (including the Mississippi River), and travel through the Montana Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. You can choose to start or end the trip in Portland to travel through the Columbia River Gorge or in Seattle for views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. Be sure to travel eastbound to see the Rocky Mountains in daylight and consider getting off the train to visit Glacier National Park .

2. Coast Starlight

Coast Starlight Amtrak train on Salt Creek trestle

A long-distance route on the West Coast, the Coast Starlight has two days of stunning scenery and many great stops for sightseeing . There are views of the Pacific Ocean in California and the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and Washington State. Northbound travel from Southern California is recommended followed by southbound trips in the summer. Los Angeles and Seattle are the two end-of-the-line stations, but you can also start or end the trip at the Van Nuys Station (VNC) near the Hollywood Burbank Airport for easy access to the Coast Starlight.

1. California Zephyr

California Zephyr in Glenwood Canyon

The California Zephyr is frequently named the most scenic Amtrak route in America by rail passengers. The western half of the route between Denver and California is a bucket-list experience as trains travel in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, along the Colorado River, in Ruby Canyon and through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can start or end the trip in Sacramento or Emeryville (both are near airports). Chicago is at the other end of the route, or start/end in Denver for a shorter journey.

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Plan An Amtrak Vacation: Everything You Need To Know

Robert Marmion

There are several pitfalls we want to help you avoid when you plan an Amtrak vacation. We’ve planned over 30 of them for our family, and have learned many hard lessons along the way! In this guide we will plan a sample vacation to show you exactly how we do it.

  • 1 Deciding Where To Go On An Amtrak Vacation
  • 2 What Type of Train Will You Be On
  • 3 Which Type of Ticket Should You Buy
  • 4 How To Book Your Amtrak Tickets
  • 5 What Hotels To Use While Riding Amtrak
  • 6 Will Food Be Included In Your Ticket
  • 7 Getting To The Amtrak Station

Deciding Where To Go On An Amtrak Vacation

The first obstacle you’ll face when planning an Amtrak vacation is deciding where to go. The Amtrak map can be confusing since all of the routes are the same color on the map. We recommend planning your trip using named trains and using as few as possible. Each time you switch routes you’ll need to board a new train and possibly stay overnight.

On our custom Amtrak system map, each route is color coded so you’ll know exactly where they start and stop. To see more in depth maps of each region go to our maps page .

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The easiest way to plan a trip is to locate a station nearest to your home and see what routes are available.

For instance, if you live in New Orleans, you could take the Sunset Limited (Yellow), City of New Orleans (Orange) or Crescent (Purple). Our map shows you how far you could go before switching trains.

Once you’ve reached the end of the route you can simply fly home, or take a few other routes to get back.

In this example we’ll take the Sunset Limited (Yellow) from New Orleans to Los Angeles, then the Southwest Chief (Red) from Los Angeles to Chicago, and the City of New Orleans (Orange) from Chicago back to New Orleans.

If you aren’t sure which station is closest to you, check out our Amtrak Stations by state pages in the Menu.

What Type of Train Will You Be On

After you determine your route, you should look at what type of train it will be, and what services are offered on that train. Most overnight routes west of Chicago are Superliner trains, and routes that go to New York are Viewliner trains.

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Superliner trains are double decker where Viewliner trains are a single level. You’ll have more headroom on a Viewliner as the cabins are taller, but Superlier trains are the only ones with observation cars.

Each route only has one type of train, so if you prefer a different type of train, you’ll need to pick a different route.

You can check the train type of any route on our complete guide to sleeper cars post .

Which Type of Ticket Should You Buy

No matter which type of Amtrak ticket you buy, the goal should be to purchase it as early as possible. Unless you get lucky and they run a sale right as you are about to purchase, you’ll always save money by buying your ticket as early as possible.

The first tickets sold on each train are the cheapest. As the train fills the price goes up. Once the train is almost full, the tickets are usually more than double the cost of the first ticket sold.

If you can plan your trip out months in advance you’ll save a considerable amount of money.

If you opt to ride in coach class, you’ll have a comfortable seat to ride and sleep in. You won’t sleep quite as well as in a sleeper cabin though, as other passenger getting on and off may wake you up. Your seat won’t lie completely flat either. See our Amtrak Coach Class guide if you are considering this option.

Coach Class on an Amtrak Vacation

If you are choosing to ride in a sleeper car, you be picking either a roomette, or a bedroom, unless you are traveling with children, or need an accessible room.

Families of four should opt for the family bedroom, as it will save money over 2 roomettes, and you can be together. The children’s beds are short in this cabin so it is not recommended for teenagers.

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If you need an accessible room, both types of trains have them available, but they are the most in demand room on Amtrak and are hard to find. They will show up in an online search if available, but they rarely do.

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The choice between a Roomette and a Bedroom comes down to cost. Without question, the Bedroom is the better way to go if cost is not a consideration, but for most people, including us, it is. We usually book a roomette when riding overnight.

Roomettes are half the size of a bedroom, but are comfortable and private. If you don’t mind a tighter space, this is a big savings. You’ll still have the same meal choices as a Bedroom.

  • What It’s Like in a Superliner Roomette
  • What It’s Like in a Viewliner Roomette
  • What It’s Like in a Superliner Bedroom
  • What It’s Like in a Family Bedroom
  • What It’s Like in an Viewliner II Accessible Room

In our sample trip we’ll book Roomettes for all three legs or our trip.

How To Book Your Amtrak Tickets

The first thing you should do when booking for an Amtrak vacation is log into your Amtrak Guest Rewards account on Amtrak.com. If you don’t have one yet, sign up for one so you’ll start earning points.

In our sample vacation we want to spend 3 nights in both Los Angeles and Chicago before returning to New Orleans. It is important when purchasing your tickets that you take into account the nights you’ll be sleeping on the train.

For reference, I’m booking this trip for 2 people 4 months in advance. We’ll leave from New Orleans on January 29.

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Once you’ve found a date with a good price, in this case $729, click the Rooms From tab and you’ll see your choices.

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We will book the Roomette, since the Bedroom was over $1,400. It is usually around double the price.

We usually book all the trains before getting the hotels, because there is more choice in hotels, and it is easier to move dates on those.

Next up is the Southwest Chief.

Always pick the named train, even if mixed service is cheaper. Mixed service means you’ll be on a bus and have extra connections.

Booking this trip from Rob’s account we get the following choices:

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But, Allie has Select Executive status in the Amtrak Guest Rewards program. This gives her coupons she can use on train travel. So when we apply those coupons, we see totally different prices. We will use one of our coupons on this leg since it is expensive.

To see if you have coupons and apply them click advanced search.

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After applying one of our Amtrak Companion Coupons we see the following prices:

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That coupon saved us $232 for this leg, so it is totally worth using. Another way you can get coupons is by signing up for the Amtrak Guest Rewards Credit Card.

Our last train on this Amtrak vacation is from Chicago back to New Orleans.

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That price looks good without the coupon, so I’ll save my other coupon for a longer trip like the California Zephyr next year.

Book all three trips from the same account, logged into your Amtrak Guest Rewards profile and you’ll accrue points faster towards a higher level.

What Hotels To Use While Riding Amtrak

Now that we have the trains booked we can move on the hotels. To find our recommendations for each city, you can visit the route guide for the specific train you are on, or see our favorite hotels near major Amtrak Stations .

We’ve selected these hotels because they are close to the station, and avoid using cabs and Uber as much as possible.

Will Food Be Included In Your Ticket

If you are riding in a sleeper car on your Amtrak vacation, your meals will be included. We still recommend you bring a few snacks. Depending on your route you’ll either get traditional dining or flexible dining . Most overnight cross country routes now have the more desirable traditional dining.

Amtrak Traditional Dining

Getting To The Amtrak Station

Amtrak Stations are not generally near the airport. We usually end up taking an Uber to the station if we have flown into town or if our hotel is not near the station. The other reason we do this is to avoid parking a car at the station long term.

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You can argue the relative merits of air and train travel all day, but trains outscore planes every time on one important factor: scenery. With their large windows and comfortable coach seats, trains are unsurpassed for enjoying the countryside as you go.

Amtrak posts a list of what it considers its most scenic trips . Amtrak’s list is based on trips that may entail a night or two en route. But you don’t have to travel overnight to enjoy spectacular scenery by train. Several Amtrak routes include some spectacular day trips or day-trip segments. I tried to cull the best day-only options between cities with good air and highway access. The final list is mine, not Amtrak’s.

Obviously, you can enjoy more daylight sightseeing in the summer than in the winter, but some trips can be good even when you pass through bleak winter snowscapes. Fall trips, of course, can be fantastic for viewing foliage. Check Amtrak’s schedules for further details.

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Adirondack

The trip between New York City and Montreal on the Adirondack tops Amtrak's list of the most scenic train trips. It's one full day in either direction, with varied river, lake, and mountain scenery. It can be attractive for fall foliage. Going north from New York, you start out along the bank of the Hudson River, with great views of the Palisades and West Point in the morning, pass through Albany around midday, and enjoy views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in the afternoon. To avoid looking into glare, as well as for a minor schedule advantage, northbound is a tad better. If you prefer not to enter Canada, you can use Plattsburgh, New York, as your northern terminal. Several airlines fly to Plattsburgh, largely catering to Canadians looking for lower airfares.

Vermonter

The daily train between New York City and St. Albans, Vermont, is another top choice in New England. It's a full day in either direction, with varied rural, mountain, and river scenery. It's also a good choice for foliage. Going north, you start out along the busy Northeast Corridor as far as New Haven, turn up through Hartford and Springfield, and travel through rustic New England hill, river, farm, and town scenery. St. Albans isn't much of a destination, and the Montreal bus connection no longer operates, so your better option is to use Essex Junction (the stop for Burlington) as your northern terminal. And if you want to avoid New York City, you can use Hartford or Springfield (or the joint airport at Windsor Locks) as your southern terminal without missing much scenery.

Lake Shore Limited (Massachusetts Section)

Lake Shore Limited (Massachusetts Section)

This overnight train operates daily between Chicago and either Boston or New York, splitting at Albany. The segment between Albany and Boston passes through some great New England scenery. It's another great fall foliage option. Leaving Albany, you head right into the Berkshires, passing through New England towns and near Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, before you get into the populous part between Springfield and Boston. You can also use Springfield as the eastern terminal.

Lake Shore Limited (Upstate New York Section) and Empire Service

Lake Shore Limited (Upstate New York Section) and Empire Service

The daily Lake Shore Limited and several daily Empire Service Amtrak trains between Albany and Buffalo pass through the scenic areas of upstate New York. The Empire Service passes through the Finger Lakes, New York's wine country, and the Mohawk Valley by day in either direction. The Lake Shore Limited also goes on to cover the same Hudson River Valley trip as the Adirondack.

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Pennsylvanian

This daily day trip between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh follows the old Pennsylvania main line through the mountains in the western portion of the state. It's of special interest to old-time rail fans because it includes the famous "Horseshoe Curve" you see in so many pictures. Leaving Pittsburgh, you head into Arnold Palmer country around Latrobe, hit the mountains at Horseshoe Curve, travel through the flatter Pennsylvania Dutch country around Lancaster, and finally arrive in the busy Harrisburg and Philadelphia areas. You get to see the scenic mountain areas during daylight in either direction.

Cardinal

The overnight Chicago–New York Cardinal , operating three days a week, passes through some great Virginia countryside and West Virginia mountain and river scenery during the day between Washington, D.C., and Charleston, West Virginia. Leaving D.C., you first pass the historic Virginia countryside, including Manassas and Charlottesville, then you go through the mountainous area from White Sulphur Springs and along the Kanawha Valley to Charleston. The main scenic area is the western end of the trip, so the eastbound schedule is the better option. For a better-connected western terminal, consider Cincinnati. (But the post-midnight arrival and departure times are off-putting.)

Capitol Limited

Capitol Limited

The daily overnight Capitol Limited between Chicago and Washington, D.C., travels through some scenic mountainous and historical areas of Western Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania on the segment between D.C. and Pittsburgh. The route passes first through the Potomac Valley and then the Appalachian Mountains, with stops at Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, and Cumberland. Neither direction is ideal for daytime viewing, but eastbound is the better of the two choices. The inconvenient departure time at Pittsburgh and late departure from D.C. make the Capitol Limited a marginal candidate for this list.

California Zephyr (Denver–Salt Lake City Section)

California Zephyr (Denver–Salt Lake City Section)

The daylight segment between Denver and Salt Lake City on the daily two-night California Zephyr is another favorite for great Rocky Mountains scenery. Westbound, the train climbs up to the five-mile Moffat Tunnel then goes through the Rockies, Gore and Glenwood canyons, and the Colorado River Valley. Next, it's on to the Utah desert, with another mountain climb and a descent into the Salt Lake Basin. In midsummer, the westbound trip optimizes viewing time, but neither direction is ideal. You might prefer to use Grand Junction as your western terminal; you'll still get the best of the scenery with far better departure and arrival hours.

California Zephyr (Reno–Emeryville Section)

California Zephyr (Reno–Emeryville Section)

The Zephyr 's other blockbuster day trip is the segment between Reno and Emeryville, which crosses the high Sierras through the historical Donner Pass during daylight hours. Eastbound from Emeryville, you start out along the northern end of San Francisco Bay, cross the flat area through Sacramento, climb into the Sierras, and then descend to Reno. Either direction is good for sightseeing, even in the dead of winter.

Coast Starlight (Los Angeles–Oakland Section)

Coast Starlight (Los Angeles–Oakland Section)

The Los Angeles–Oakland section of the overnight Coast Starlight between Los Angeles and Seattle is another favorite. After leaving the suburban Los Angeles sprawl, the train hugs the Pacific Ocean coast for more than 100 miles, through Pismo Beach. Then it heads north through the missile and rocket-launch center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, to some rugged low-mountain country, and through the famous farmlands around Salinas. Next, the train heads into Silicon Valley and Oakland. Travel northbound to avoid looking into the sun along the coast but southbound for more daytime hours.

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Travel by train is becoming more and more popular as people begin to recognize the beauty of 'slow travel.' Additionally, traveling by train, such as Amtrak, allows passengers to get views of lesser-seen parts of the country while enjoying some personal space and the luxury of not dealing with an airline or a car rental. In today's day and age, Amtrak is often one of the more affordable methods of transportation - which is a highlight, in itself.

So, what should one be packing for their big Amtrak trip ? That is a tougher question to answer but, luckily, it's one that we have a list for. When traveling via Amtrak, here's the ultimate packing list of what to bring.

10 Food, Such As Snacks To Enjoy On The Train

A perk of train travel is that passengers are permitted to bring their own snacks. Rather than being provided with complimentary peanuts as one would be on a plane, train passengers can bring their own granola bars, chips, pretzels, candies, trail mix, fresh fruit, veggie sticks, sandwiches, or even an entire packed lunch if the train car does not have a cafe option. This also applies to non-alcoholic beverages such as water, juices, tea, and coffee.

9 Hand Sanitizer & Cleansing Wipes

These two things are especially important following the pandemic. Hand sanitizer has become a common travel item while sanitizing wipes are more common for those taking public transportation, such as the train. When it comes to wiping down handrails, dining trays, tabletops, and seat handles, this is a great thing to have on hand. With the advent of travel-sized products, this is now easier than ever to pack in a suitcase or carry-on while remaining easily accessible throughout the duration of the trip.

Related: NYC To NOLA: Why This Amtrak Train Is Worth The Trip

8 Books, Magazines, And Anything That Doesn't Need To Be Charged

While charging ports can be found on trains, it's not always easy to charge electronics, especially during long-haul rides. In this case, there's nothing better than an old-fashioned book or a magazine to pass the time. Even puzzle books such as sudoku or crosswords can be useful in passing the time while keeping a person sharp. For kids, coloring books are always a great option!

7 Kindle, iPads, And Tablets

For shorter trips or for those who are in the habit of fully charging their electronics prior to traveling, these are all great ways to pass the time. Not only can reading material be accessed from these, but users can also download games, writing apps, or anything else that might occupy their time while on the train. Additionally, these can be used to keep in touch with people via social media while on the road, so to speak.

6 Neck Pillows, Blankets, And Other Comfort Items

Similar to the plane, these things can also be helpful on a train. Even more helpful, in fact, because there will usually be slightly more room on board a train. Neck pillows can help with an otherwise uncomfortable seat for those who are not in a first-class seat, and blankets can help with chilly train car conditions. Additional comfort items include cozy socks, a favorite sweatshirt, a face mask or eye covering, and even a small travel pillow.

5 Cash Along With Credit Cards

Looking to order something from the cafe on the train? Better to have cash! In general, it's a good idea to have some cash when traveling, especially when it comes to small purchases like food and the like. Additionally, cash is a good thing to keep on hand in the event that one needs to tip for a service.

4 Any Medicine Necessary For Motion Sickness

While slightly less common than seasickness, motion sickness can happen on a train. For those who are prone to getting queasy on any moving mode of transportation, it's always a good idea to pack something like Dramamine or Sea-Bands in order to allay the effects of this feeling while in motion. Even if one doesn't think they'll need it, it can't hurt to have it anyway.

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3 Ear Plugs Or Noise-Cancelling Headphones

There's always some kind of white noise when it comes to traveling, whether it's the hum of a plane engine or the rumble of a car engine. On the train, this can include people chatting, the sound of the wheels against the rails, the echo from a tunnel, or a general buzz from the engine. In order to cancel all of this out, passengers might appreciate having earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to find some peace and quiet.

2 Toiletry Bag With The Essentials

For those who are in it for the long haul on an Amtrak, it never hurts to have a toiletry kit handy. This can be packed with anything from a toothbrush and toothpaste to a hairbrush and travel-sized hair products. Basically, anything one might need in order to freshen up between stops is worth having in an emergency toiletry bag.

1 Chargers Or A Universal Adapter

For those bringing tech products on the train, it's important to remember chargers. One way to do this is to pack each charger separately or, in the case of each product requiring a USB port in order to charge, passengers might opt to bring only one adapter while bringing charging cords (without the adaptor parts) to lighten the load.

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Even Amtrak was surprised by the instant popularity of its new Chicago-Twin Cities route

T he Amtrak Borealis, a new rail line connecting Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul, has only been operating for about a month, but already thousands of passengers have taken the trip. That ridership has exceeded Amtrak’s expectations—and hints at the growing desire among Americans to travel by train. 

Amtrak’s Borealis launched on May 21. In June, the line’s first full month of service, it saw more than 18,500 riders. That averages about 300 passengers a day, in each direction. That’s close to maximum capacity, though because not every passenger rides the full length of the route, Amtrak can sell the same seat multiple times, which makes counting total capacity a bit tricky. Trains are also resizable, so Amtrak could add more capacity over time, if the contracts and equipment availability allow.

That total ridership exceeded Amtrak’s forecasts—which Ray Lang, vice president of Amtrak State Supported Service, says were already “very optimistic”—by 2,900 passengers. “What that really means,” he adds, “is that there’s a strong demand for short-distance corridor trains in the United States to provide that transportation option for travelers that don’t want to drive or fly.” 

Expanding Chicago-to-Twin-Cities rail

Amtrak already had a route that serviced Chicago to Minneapolis-St. Paul as part of its Empire Builder line. Empire Builder goes all the way from Chicago to Seattle, but the most popular portion of that route, Lang says, has always been the Chicago-to-Twin-Cities stretch. 

By adding the Amtrak Borealis, passengers now have the option for two daily round trips from Chicago to the Twin Cities, with 11 stops in between. “What we’ve done here is really increased the level of utility and become a more relevant transportation provider,” Lang says. 

On the Borealis, the full route of Chicago to the Twin Cities takes 7 hours and 24 minutes. Making that 400-plus mile trip by car would take nearly the same amount of time, but Amtrak passengers get reclining seats, Wi-Fi, and cafe service. Amtrak aimed to get the Borealis line running before Memorial Day to accommodate summer travel. But it expects this line to keep being popular in the fall, especially for students and faculty at the colleges along the route. For many of those passengers, they may not want to have a car on campus, flying often doesn’t make sense, and they may find the intercity bus network lacking. In June, for example, Coach USA —which operates buses between Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and other routes—filed for bankruptcy. 

A good portion of those Borealis trips are likely directly replacing car rides, meaning they’re avoiding congestion and emissions. In a 2019 analysis of this new line, the Rail Passengers Association estimated some 60% of passengers would be swapping out their car trips for a Borealis ride. That analysis also estimated that 90,000 people would be taken off the roads every year, saving $32 million in highway maintenance costs alone. 

All eyes on Amtrak Borealis

Amtrak Borealis is a state-sponsored Amtrak line, meaning it was funded by the participating states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Amtrak has 29 state-sponsored routes, which account for nearly half of all Amtrak ridership. These lines cover basically any short-distance corridor, which by federal law has to be funded by a state or non-Amtrak entity. (Amtrak has three main categories of service: federally funded long-distance overnight trains; its Northeast Corridor, which gets separate federal funds; and those short-distance, state-supported routes that don’t travel overnight.)

Amtrak’s state-supported service is a big area for growth, buoyed in part by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. That helped fund the Borealis route, and there are 69 such grants that the federal government gave out to Amtrak and its state partners to expand the Amtrak rail network.

State-sponsored routes don’t typically have profit goals, Amtrak says; in those instances, the states mostly just want to provide transportation options. High ridership helps, though, not only because it means more ticket sales, but because the more people ride by rail, the easier it usually is for the local legislature to approve funding.

Lang’s team is now working to implement twice-daily service between Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans. There’s also a push to add service where there currently is none; local legislatures are starting to work on restoring rail service between Duluth and Minneapolis, which hasn’t existed since the 1980s. Amtrak service in Columbus, Ohio, ended in 1979; the rail service also pointed to that location as an opportunity for new rail.

Rail options across the United States are notoriously lacking , especially compared to European countries. But rail is having somewhat of a renaissance here, from both Amtrak and other rail services like Brightline , which is building high-speed rail . Amtrak says it’s bolstered by the demand it has seen for its Borealis line—and that this route’s success could be a beacon to other states. “There are implications for other parts of the country,” Lang says. “Lots of regions around the country are watching Borealis, and are encouraged by the early returns on ridership.”

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Amtrak adds 33 more weekly northeast regional stops at newark liberty international airport.

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Schedules modified for better connections throughout the Northeast Corridor and flights

NEWARK, NJ – Amtrak has increased Northeast Regional service at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) after a review of its schedules to better align with customer demand across the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and airline travel schedules. This includes 33 additional weekly stops at the station throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening, a 26% increase of previous service. Tickets are now available for these stops via Amtrak.com , the  Amtrak app , and through 1-800-USA-RAIL. Customers can also book now with Amtrak’s new, more affordable,  Flex fares and make changes without a fee (difference in fare may apply).

“We’ve heard from our customers who asked for more and better-timed stops at Newark Airport, and are implementing these upgrades based on their feedback,” said Amtrak Vice President Commercial Strategy and Performance Fred Gazzolo. “By adding more Northeast Regional stops at Newark Airport, there’s more opportunities to experience the benefits of train travel.”

“We are forecasting our airports to reach record passenger levels this summer, following a record first quarter of 2024 at Newark Liberty International Airport and across the region,” said Charles R. Everett, aviation director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “Amtrak’s added service will help accommodate the demand and increase transit access to the airport—a key component of Newark Airport’s transformation into a modern, world-class gateway.”

Amtrak also recently announced it added more service throughout the NEC to meet growing customer demand . These new schedules from both initiatives drive Amtrak’s ambitious goal of doubling annual ridership to 66 million by Fiscal Year (FY) 2040 . Momentum has already begun with FY24 2nd Quarter NEC ridership achieving 29% above pre-pandemic levels and  Northeast Regional  ridership growing more than 33% compared to FY19. Adding service on the NEC also helps with Amtrak’s sustainability  goals to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 .

Northeast Regional  offers relaxing and affordable downtown-to-downtown service throughout the NEC. Customers can also enjoy enhanced travel in Business Class, which includes extra legroom, a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage, and assigned seats for a more seamless boarding experience. Additionally, Business class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

Featuring large expanses of glass, this bright and airy station links busy Newark Liberty International Airport with Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT train service via the AirTrain monorail. AirTrain fare is included in Amtrak tickets to and from EWR. Customers must have an Amtrak ticket before boarding Amtrak trains from this station. Keystone Service trains also stop at EWR, which served nearly 155,000 Amtrak riders in its Fiscal Year 2023.

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Amtrak service between New York and Boston resumes after suspension

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All Amtrak services between New York Penn Station and Boston South Station resumed Saturday night after they were suspended earlier in the day because of power issues.

Service between the two Northeastern cities was disrupted for hours Saturday after a “malfunctioning circuit breaker” caused a widespread power outage on all of its tracks stretching between Penn Station and New Haven Union Station in Connecticut, Amtrak said.

As of 9 p.m. ET, service between New York and Boston was fully restored, Amtrak said in a statement, adding that the power outage was caused by a lightning strike.

Amtrak said most Sunday trains will operate as planned, but because of the locations of some trains when the power went out, a number of trains are canceled.

The company is working directly with customers who were affected by the outage to get them rebooked, according to the statement.

On Saturday morning , the company said all services were “suspended until further notice” citing the power issue. According to the Amtrak Northeast account on X , a number of delays and cancellations were already underway at the time of the morning announcement, and continued throughout the day.

The company had estimated that services would resume around 12 p.m. ET, but kept canceling trips throughout the afternoon, according to updates posted on the X account.

Just before noon, Amtrak suspended all trains originating from Boston and estimated at the time that service would be resumed by 3 p.m. But at 3:30 p.m., it said it was canceling service between Boston and New York due to the electrical issue.

A record 71 million people were expected to be on the move over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with an additional 5.7 million travelers compared to prepandemic levels, according to AAA . The agency said more than 4.6 million people were expected to travel on trains, buses and cruises.

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Yellowstone gunman allegedly threatened mass shooting on July 4

Police killed a Florida man who was firing a semiautomatic rifle at a lodge with roughly 200 people inside.

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A man who fired a semiautomatic rifle at a Yellowstone National Park dining hall on the Fourth of July said he had plans to carry out mass shooting at events outside the park, according to a woman who told police he threatened to kill her.

The National Park Service on Tuesday shared details about the shootout at the park, which involved more than 20 rangers, killing the man with the rifle and injuring one law enforcement officer.

A Park County, Wyo., coroner identified the shooter as Samson Lucas Bariah Fussner, 28, of Milton, Fla. He was an employee of Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a private business that operates lodges in Yellowstone.

“Many lives were saved here last Thursday,” park superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement . “We are working now to provide maximum support to those involved and their families.”

The FBI is leading the investigation of the shooting, including the actions of the National Park Service law enforcement rangers. The U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Wyoming will later review the investigation.

“The incident remains under investigation, and we do not have additional information to provide at this time,” said Yellowstone representative Linda Veress.

An unidentified woman called Yellowstone’s 911 dispatch just after midnight on July 4. She told law enforcement she had been held against her will by a man with a gun in a residence at Canyon Village, according to the news release.

Law enforcement rangers located his vehicle unoccupied in the Canyon area, according to the release. Rangers believed Fussner was probably armed and dangerous and sent rangers, including the park’s special response team, across the park to monitor areas with park visitors and employees and to look for Fussner. The park’s 911 dispatch center also notified surrounding areas about the threat.

Rangers came across Fussner about 8 a.m. near Canyon Lodge, which houses employee and public dining rooms. Fussner was walking to the service entrance of the facility while firing a semiautomatic rifle, according to the news release. About 200 people were inside the building.

Fussner was shot and killed by law enforcement rangers during a gunfight. One law enforcement ranger was shot in a lower extremity and was recently released from a hospital in the area, according to the release. No other physical injuries were reported.

Law enforcement officers involved in a shooting call are placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation of the incident, in accordance with NPS policy.

Shootings at national parks are not very common. However, a 19-year-old man was shot and critically injured at Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina on May 29, according to the NPS website . A National Parks database breaks down the number of and types of deaths that occur at the parks. The mortality dashboard, which surveys deaths from 2014 to 2019, counts only two deaths from “legal intervention” and 25 homicides over that span.

According to the Park Service, gun laws in national parks comply with the laws of the states where parks are located. Everytown Research & Policy ranks the gun laws in Wyoming as some of the least restrictive in the country; the state does not prohibit assault weapons.

Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons inside NPS facilities. These buildings include government offices, visitor centers, ranger stations, fee collection buildings and maintenance facilities.

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Safety concerns: A door blew off an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 jet, leaving passengers traumatized — but without serious injuries. The ordeal led to widespread flight cancellations after the jet was grounded, and some travelers have taken steps to avoid the plane in the future. The incident has also sparked a fresh discussion about whether it’s safe to fly with a baby on your lap .

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  1. Amtrak Vacations®

    Simply select the resources you'd like to view and then start viewing your free resources instantly! With Amtrak Vacations®, you can discover stunning destinations across the U.S. & Canada by rail! Browse train travel, Amtrak routes, and rail vacation packages.

  2. Amtrak USA Rail Pass 2021: $299 gets you 10 train rides this summer

    2:29. Looking to travel by train cross country this summer? Amtrak is offering $200 off its relaunched USA Rail Pass to take up to 10 rides at many of the company's 500 destinations for a limited ...

  3. 10 best Amtrak trips on the East Coast

    New River Gorge. Photo by Famartin/Wikimedia. The Cardinal Amtrak route is one of the most scenic on the East Coast, with travel through the New River Gorge in West Virginia. Consider booking your tickets to Charleston, WV from cities including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.

  4. Ten Ride Pass

    Purchase Ten-Ride Pass All passengers traveling with ten-ride pass will be required to confirm their intended trip using Amtrak RideReserve prior to travel. Ten-Ride Pass Ten-ride passes are valid for ten rides within a 45-day or 90-day period depending on your selected stations.

  5. Discover Train Travel & Vacation Packages

    Stretch out and relax with your very own bedroom during your Amtrak train trip! First Class Private Rooms All the information you need to know, to get a good night's sleep onboard the train. Meals and Dining Learn about your dining choices, onboard dining reservations, and the different types of dining cars.

  6. 12 best Amtrak vacations and scenic train rides (2024

    Amtrak's California Zephyr offers multi-day cross-country train vacations between Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area (Photo: Amtrak) One of the premier overnight train journeys in the U.S., Amtrak's California Zephyr is also one of the most epic Amtrak vacations, traveling 2,400 miles from Chicago, Illinois, to Emeryville, California (across the bay from San Francisco).

  7. Top 10 Destinations

    Canadian Rockies. Welcome to the Canadian Rockies and all its beautiful destinations such as Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Waterton. The Canadian Rockies are vast and filled with inspiring scenery, wildlife, and a multitude of recreational activities. View Canadian Rockies Trips.

  8. Amtrak USA Rail Pass

    For a limited time, you can score tickets for only $299—that's a savings of $200 off the normal price of $499! The USA Rail Pass will cover your fare in Coach class on up to 10 trips over a 30 ...

  9. Your guide to Amtrak's USA Rail Pass

    The USA Rail Pass allows riders to go on 10 Amtrak "segments" within a 30-day period for a set price. A segment isn't always the same thing as a one-way journey - any time you get off the train is the end of a segment. A one-way journey between Seattle and Denver, for example, consists of two segments because you have to change trains.

  10. Top 10 most scenic Amtrak routes

    10. Empire Service. Photo by Jason (wangjs/Flickr) - Hudson River in Pughkeepsie. Trains on the Empire Service route travel along New York's Hudson River multiple times each day. There are beautiful views of the water, Hudson Highlands and the Catskills (both part of the Appalachian Mountains).

  11. 10-ride tickets can someone explain?

    Originally Posted by afsheen. The 10 ride ticket is literally ten rides - it's numbered 1-10 on the ticket and each ride is punched out as it's used - so you're correct, one 10 ride ticket is good for five round trips. All the AGR points go to the purchaser, and note that it's only two points per dollar (same as the monthly pass), not 100 ...

  12. Plan An Amtrak Vacation: Everything You Need To Know

    The first obstacle you'll face when planning an Amtrak vacation is deciding where to go. The Amtrak map can be confusing since all of the routes are the same color on the map. We recommend planning your trip using named trains and using as few as possible. Each time you switch routes you'll need to board a new train and possibly stay overnight.

  13. Amtrak's 10 Best Scenic Day Trips

    Adirondack. The trip between New York City and Montreal on the Adirondack tops Amtrak's list of the most scenic train trips. It's one full day in either direction, with varied river, lake, and ...

  14. 10 Of The Best & Top-Rated Amtrak Routes Everyone Should Travel At

    6 Amtrak Sunset Limited: New Orleans To Los Angeles. Unsplash: Michael Beener. Amtrak train at Union Station, Los Angeles. One of Amtrak's oldest named trains dating back to 1894, the Sunset Limited has traveled the most scenic southern route in the US for many years, all the way from vibrant New Orleans to sunny Los Angeles.

  15. 10 Scenic Amtrak Trains, Ranked By Visitor Reviews

    Here are 10 scenic Amtrak trains ranked by visitor reviews. Related: Amtrak Booking: 14 Tips & Tricks To Know When Planning A Train Trip. 10 Pennsylvanian: New York To Pittsburgh (9 hours 20 minutes) Rated 3/5 on Tripadvisor.com

  16. 7 Amtrak National Park Journeys To Book For Less Than $5,000

    This Amtrak trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, ... This 10-day round-trip train vacation is a great way to soak up the majestic beauty of the Southwest National Parks for $2,999 per person.

  17. 10 Essentials To Pack For An Amtrak Train Trip

    9 Hand Sanitizer & Cleansing Wipes. These two things are especially important following the pandemic. Hand sanitizer has become a common travel item while sanitizing wipes are more common for those taking public transportation, such as the train. When it comes to wiping down handrails, dining trays, tabletops, and seat handles, this is a great ...

  18. The 7 Longest Amtrak Trips & What They'll Cost You

    Explore the U.S. by train with Amtrak, offering long-distance trips with scenic views. The longest Amtrak train routes include Texas Eagle, California Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Southwest Chief ...

  19. 5 of the Best Train Journeys in North America

    Here is our short list of some of the best train journeys in North America. Enjoy the ride! 1. AMTRAK'S EMPIRE BUILDER. Traversing the Northwestern United States, through the Cascade Mountains and along the Columbia River Gorge, Amtrak's Empire Builder route is truly an iconic journey, particularly for history and adventure buffs.

  20. Even Amtrak was surprised by the instant popularity of its new Chicago

    On the Borealis, the full route of Chicago to the Twin Cities takes 7 hours and 24 minutes. Making that 400-plus mile trip by car would take nearly the same amount of time, but Amtrak passengers ...

  21. Lineman Trainee

    Travel Requirements:Up to 25% You power our progress through your performance. We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation.

  22. Amtrak suspends NYC-Boston service for rest of day due to outage

    Amtrak has resumed train service on its busy Northeast Corridor between New York City and Boston, according to Amtrak's notice on its website.

  23. Man stopped at customs with 100 live snakes down his pants

    A man was caught trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China by stuffing them into his pants, according to the country's customs authority.

  24. Amtrak Adds 33 More Weekly Northeast Regional Stops at Newark Liberty

    Schedules modified for better connections throughout the Northeast Corridor and flights. NEWARK, NJ - Amtrak has increased Northeast Regional service at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) after a review of its schedules to better align with customer demand across the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and airline travel schedules. This includes 33 additional weekly stops at the station ...

  25. Amtrak service between New York and Boston resumes after suspension

    Amtrak said service between the two cities was fully restored as of 9 p.m. ET Saturday after an earlier power outage that was caused by a lightning strike. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal ...

  26. Yellowstone gunman allegedly threatened mass shooting on July 4

    Here are the best tools for making a group trip work. Bad behavior: Entitled tourists are running amok, defacing the Colosseum , getting rowdy in Bali and messing with wild animals in national parks.

  27. Governor Hochul Announces Major Capital Region Infrastructure Projects

    Representative Paul Tonko said, "As a passionate advocate for train travel - who uses Amtrak nearly every week to travel between our district and DC - I believe that accessible, efficient train use across New York State is critical to renew our communities, create jobs, bolster our local economies, and take carbon-emitting vehicles off ...