Best Amtrak trips from Houston

San Antonio Riverwalk

Despite being a sprawling car-oriented city, Houston has an Amtrak station and trains that can take you New Orleans, Los Angeles and many other cities in between. The Sunset Limited route travels through the city three days each week, and if you plan carefully around the train schedule, there are several options for short and … Continue reading Best Amtrak trips from Houston

Viewliner trains: Layout, routes and other things to know

Viewliner Sleeper Car Lake Shore Limited

Viewliner is a specific type of rail car used on some Amtrak routes. There are only Viewliner sleeping, dining and baggage cars, which are single level and most identifiable by the "double-decker" windows (see photo above). All overnight trains that stop in New York City use Viewliners in order to fit in the tunnels surrounding … Continue reading Viewliner trains: Layout, routes and other things to know

Superliner trains: Layout, routes and other things to know

Capitol Limited Superliner exterior

Superliner trains are composed of “Superliner” rail cars — a specific model that has two levels. There are Superliner coach cars, sleeper cars, lounge cars and dining cars (to name a few) that can be combined in different ways depending on the needs of the Amtrak route. For example, sleeper and dining cars are added … Continue reading Superliner trains: Layout, routes and other things to know

Amtrak in Chicago: 20 popular train destinations with travel times

To Trains sign in Chicago Union Station

Chicago is a great place to start an Amtrak trip. There are many destinations to choose from all around the country. Here are some of the most popular trips with travel times. Destinations are listed in alphabetical order. Chicago to Bloomington Bloomington, Illinois is just over two hours from Chicago via Amtrak train. Multiple trains … Continue reading Amtrak in Chicago: 20 popular train destinations with travel times

Amtrak trips out West: 7 amazing train vacations

For an adventure with Wild West towns, Spanish missions, national parks and historic landmarks, book a trip on Amtrak for an epic experience. Multiple long-distance trains travel across the Western United States, so you can choose the route based on your sightseeing interests. To start planning your Amtrak vacation, see the options below from major … Continue reading Amtrak trips out West: 7 amazing train vacations