amtrak

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…

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…

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…

Entrance to Portland Oregon Union Station

Alaska Trip Report: Catch the Alaska Ferry or Else

A Smoke-filled race to Bellingham, WA for the Alaska Marine Highway ferry. The journey of 11,000 miles begins with one train…  Amtrak Silver Meteor – one overnight from Orlando to Washington, DC Amtrak Capitol Limited – one overnight from Washington, DC to Chicago Hotel nights (4) in Chicago Amtrak California Zephyr – two overnights from […] 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…

Silver Star arrives at the Winter Park Amtrak Station

Amtrak Update Hurricane Irma Cancellations

Amtrak Florida and Southeast Train Service Suspended Like airlines, all service for Amtrak Florida trains are affected by Hurricane Irma.  In fact, the entire eastern seaboard is affected. I’m closely monitoring the situation as I’m trying to get home to my family, too.  Here is the latest Amtrak update Hurricane Irma on trains to Florida […] Read more…

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