Train Reviews

So you’re planning to take an Amtrak train – maybe overnight and across the USA? Congratulations!  For decades, I’ve traveled multiple times on all Amtrak trains everywhere there’s a route.  Now I want to share my love of train travel with my Amtrak train reviews and Amtrak information. 

I hope my Amtrak train reviews will help you to plan your train trip.  From how to pack for an overnight train trip to a four-night cross country ride, plus what to expect, how to approach the dining car and more. 

I’ve also traveled extensively by trains through most of Europe.  You’ll find information about Europe train travel and getting to cruise ports in Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, Southampton and more. 

You’ll also find information on how to take Amtrak trains to your cruise port across the USA.  It’s all here!

10 Best Tips How to Pack for an Amtrak Train Trip

These 10 best tips will help you to pack for your Amtrak train trip.  Whether you’re onboard for one overnight or even four, there really are things to pack to help make your long distance train journey even more memorable. Imagine yourself all cozy in your little roomette or tad larger bedroom (with an ensuite […] Read more…

Border Crossing Canada on Amtrak

Amtrak Train Between Seattle and Vancouver BC

I’m asked this question quite a bit. How do I take an Amtrak train between Seattle and Vancouver?  I’ve crossed the Canadian border with Amtrak four times in the last two months for four different cruises to and from Vancouver.  Now would be a good time to explain how to cross the US and Canada […] Read more…

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 Your Amtrak Overnight Train

While these tips for traveling on an Amtrak overnight train are aimed at those who have a roomette or bedroom, almost all of these tips will apply to overnight coach passengers as well. Make the most of your next Amtrak overnight train trip. I just completed a circle America Amtrak train journey that included seven […] 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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