Which Amtrak station is best for Glacier National Park?

Glacier National Park sign (West Glacier)

Glacier National Park is one of the easiest destinations to reach via Amtrak train. There are four train stations near the park (all on the Empire Builder route), each with different amenities and lodging experiences. To help with your decision, here's what you need to know about each. Best Station Overall: Whitefish Photo by Roy … Continue reading Which Amtrak station is best for Glacier National Park?

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 trains with family bedrooms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGi8gtdA7g Amtrak vacations can be great fun for the whole family, especially when you book a private room that has windows on both sides of the train. The family bedroom offers this option, which is available on eight Amtrak routes (see list below). You’ll want to make sure this room type works for you before … Continue reading Amtrak trains with family bedrooms

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What major cities does Amtrak serve (and not serve)?

Chicago River Skyline

Amtrak travels to most major cities in the United States. Some of the busiest stations before the coronavirus pandemic were all in large cities, including: New YorkWashington D.C.PhiladelphiaChicago (pictured above)BostonLos AngelesSacramentoBaltimoreSeattlePortland (Oregon)San Diego Other medium to large cities with stations include: San JoseOaklandFresnoBakersfieldAnaheimOrlandoTampaMiamiJacksonvilleAtlantaBirminghamCharlotteRaleighDallasFort WorthAustinSan AntonioHoustonEl PasoTusconAlbuquerqueNew OrleansSt. LouisMemphisKansas CityOklahoma CityIndianapolisClevelandCincinnatiDetroitPittsburghMilwaukeeMinneapolis-St. PaulDenverOmahaSt. Lake City The better … Continue reading What major cities does Amtrak serve (and not serve)?

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Coach vs business class seats on Amtrak

Maple Leaf Business Class Seats

Depending on the Amtrak route, coach seats, business class seats, first class seats, roomettes and bedrooms are just some of your seating choices. If you don't need sleeping accommodations, then you may need to make a choice between coach and business seats when booking your tickets. Learn about the different options and perks below. Coach … Continue reading Coach vs business class seats on Amtrak

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