Empire Builder vs Coast Starlight

Coast Starlight near Ventura California

The Empire Builder and Coast Starlight are two of Amtrak's most popular long-distance routes. Both stop in Seattle, have beautiful scenery, and the same on-board amenities. However, the scenery is very different, and the sights you want to see and the destinations you want to visit will be the biggest factor in deciding which route … Continue reading Empire Builder vs Coast Starlight

Cardinal vs Capitol Limited

Cardinal Train in Virginia

The Cardinal and Capitol Limited are two of Amtrak's long-distance routes. Both travel between Chicago and the East Coast through the Alleghany Mountains. However, the Cardinal only operates three days each week while the Capitol Limited is a daily train. The Capitol Limited is also a much shorter route and is the fastest way to … Continue reading Cardinal vs Capitol Limited

Keystone Service vs Northeast Regional

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhGNglF7dM8 Amtrak's Keystone Service and Northeast Regional routes are predominantly used as regional commuter trains in the Northeast United States. Both also travel between Philadelphia and New York City -- but that's where the commonalities end. Keystone Service primarily travels east and west, connecting cities in Pennsylvania with New Jersey and New York City. On … Continue reading Keystone Service vs Northeast Regional

Coast Starlight vs Amtrak Cascades

Amtrak Cascades train in Portland, Oregon

The Coast Starlight and Amtrak Cascades routes travel along the beautiful Pacific Northwest coast. But that's where the similarities end. The Coast Starlight is a long-distance train with a sleeper car and sightseer lounge while the Amtrak Cascades is a European-designed train that travels a shorter distance (and into Canada). Learn more about the differences … Continue reading Coast Starlight vs Amtrak Cascades

Empire Builder vs California Zephyr

Empire Builder in the Rocky Mountains

The Empire Builder and the California Zephyr are two of Amtrak's most popular routes. Both travel in the western half of the United States through the Rocky Mountains. The main difference is that the Empire Builder offers additional views of forests and rivers in the Pacific Northwest while the California Zephyr has more mountain views … Continue reading Empire Builder vs California Zephyr

Coast Starlight vs Pacific Surfliner

Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

The Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner are California's two coastal Amtrak routes. Both provide stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and stop in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. But that's where the similarities end. The Pacific Surfliner route is much shorter than the Coast Starlight and can be used to commute between cities in Southern … Continue reading Coast Starlight vs Pacific Surfliner

Southwest Chief vs California Zephyr

Southwest Chief in Laguna, New Mexico

The Southwest Chief and California Zephyr are two of Amtrak's long-distance routes. Both travel between Chicago and California, but the scenery is very different. The Southwest Chief has more desert landscapes and the California Zephyr has more mountain views. Additionally, the Southwest Chief is a shorter route and starts/ends in Los Angeles while the California … Continue reading Southwest Chief vs California Zephyr