Train Reviews

Find Amtrak train reviews and information to help you plan your train trip.  Also here are train reviews for traveling by train in Europe.

Wonder how to take an Amtrak train to your cruise port?  It’s all here.  Plus train stations in Europe and how to get from the station to your cruise embarkation port.

Amtrak Observation Car on the Empire Builder.

Amtrak Travel Tips for Coach Passengers

To help you enjoy your travel aboard Amtrak, here is my list of Amtrak travel tips and advice for coach passengers. Amtrak tips for Coach Passengers You need to have a reservation to travel with Amtrak.  You can do this online, by phone or through a travel agent.  For short journeys or budget-conscious travelers, coach […] Read more…

White Pass Yukon Railroad

Take a Ride on Skagway’s White Pass Yukon Railroad

What climbs nearly 3,000 feet, took 26 months to build and is the most popular tourist attraction in Skagway, Alaska? It’s the White Pass Yukon Railroad. Completed in 1900, this narrow-gauge railroad begins at the cruise pier where rail fans of all ages can board the vintage train for a breathtaking one and one-half hour ascent to White […] Read more…

Amtrak Zephyr in Ruby Canyon Colorado

Amtrak California Zephyr Travel Across America

By Sherry Laskin Two full days. That’s how long it takes to travel 2,438 miles by train from Chicago to Emeryville, California. Slightly over 48 hours, if the Amtrak California Zephyr is on time. Spectacular Scenery and a Cozy Bedroom on the California Zephyr A trip aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr eluded me for years. […] Read more…

Guide to Amtrak Sleeping Accommodations

As a committed non-flyer, Amtrak has played an important role for my travel experiences across America. For me to travel for a cruise from non-Florida cruise ports, an overnight Amtrak train is needed.  That’s how I became so familiar with Amtrak sleeping accommodations. There are two types of Amtrak sleeping accommodations: a roomette and a bedroom.  While both have […] Read more…

Luxury train Rocky Mountaineer in Canada

Add a Luxury Train to a Cruise for a Rail and Sail Vacation

If a weeklong cruise isn’t enough, combine it with a luxury train adventure for the trip of a lifetime. This isn’t a new concept.  Rail-and-sail vacations have been quietly available for years.  When combined with a cruise, a rail journey offers a chance to explore territory that simply can’t be seen from a cruise ship. […] Read more…

Amtrak Deluxe Bedroom Sleeper

29 Best Tips for Taking an Amtrak Overnight Train

Make the most of your next Amtrak overnight train trip. Not everyone can afford to spend their train journey in a private sleeping compartment. While these tips are aimed at those in a sleeper, almost all of these tips will apply to overnight coach passengers as well. I just completed a circle America Amtrak train […] Read more…

10 Best Packing Tips for an Amtrak Overnight Train Trip

These Amtrak packing tips only need a little planning and careful packing. Imagine yourself all cozy in your little roomette or tad larger bedroom (with an ensuite bathroom) as your train rolls along on its overland journey.  You’ll slowly cross up and over towering mountain ranges aboard Amtrak trains bearing nostalgic names like the Empire […] Read more…

Passing through Red Rock mountains in New Mexico. Amtrak Chicago to Los Angeles.

Across America on Amtrak Southwest Chief Chicago to Los Angeles

Forty hours, an ice storm and 2,250 miles of American history and landscapes. Travel across America on Amtrak Southwest Chief Chicago to Los Angeles. At three o’clock the conductor shouted, “All aboard,” the doors clanked shut and our train rolled out of beautiful Union Station in Chicago. The weather report didn’t look good.  Ice, sleet and snow were forecast for […] Read more…

For Love of Trains – How It All Began

TRAINS Girls aren’t supposed to like trains.  But there are exceptions. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with trains.  From electric model train sets to cross-country train trips, each experience has reinforced my love of trains.  And now I know, I’ve finally realized, it’s okay. I’m okay. My parents once […] Read more…

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