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Amtrak Sale on Scenic U.S. Train Routes
Happy Hump Day!! Hope you are having a good week!
I'm getting very excited about the prospect of doing some work around my new home to be!! I had a nice conversation with my sister Danielle today about all the things I will be doing to re-decorate and fix things up!!
You can bet that I'll be sharing things with you, along with photos (before, during and after) every step of the way.
Moving right along - as I was reading an article yesterday, it dawned on me that for as much train travel I have done in Europe, I have not done very much here in the United States.
It got me wondering about this - perhaps this is something I should be making part of my travel plans going forward!!
Now, if you are thinking about the prospect of traveling by train, consider the fact that Amtrak is currently having sales galore on rail tickets! This is the time to book folks - perhaps a scenic train route during the early winter or even at the beginning of the Spring?
According to Afar.com's latest article, There’s a Huge Sale on the Most Scenic Amtrak Routes in the United States Right Now*, Amtrak is having a two-for-one sale through October 14, 2019, on its sleeping accommodations, including both Amtrak Bedrooms and Roomettes—the smaller private rooms that up to two people can sleep in each night—for train travel between November 11, 2019, and April 8, 2020.
If you are getting sick of airports, the price of airline tickets and want to actually see something during your journey, this news might actually be good news for you!!
Keep in mind that the Amtrak Roomettes are a far cry from luxury train travel, but, according to the article, "they do have enough room for two seats facing each other that convert into a bed at night, with another bunk that folds down from the ceiling for the second guest."
A few of some of the most lovely Amtrak train routes include:
This 35-hour journey from Seattle to Los Angeles has been called the most beautiful train ride in the United States—and for good reason. As you make your way from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California on the Coast Starlight, you pass through the Cascade Range, see Mount Shasta’s snow-capped peak, and take in mile after mile of the California coastline. (Roomette Rates as low as $383 or $191 per person one-way.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief takes a similar route to that of Route 66 between Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Kansas City, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff along the way cutting through canyons and offering views you can’t get from the highway.
The Empire Builder travels between Portland and Chicago for just $453 for two people in February 2020. A lovely trip during the winter, it travels through the Columbia River Gorge and out of Oregon up to Spokane, Washington, passing by Glacier National Park before crossing North Dakota’s plains. From there, you’ll get fantastic views of the Mississippi River and the Minneapolis skyline before reaching your destination in Chicago.
Three days a week, the Sunset Limited train makes its way from New Orleans to Los Angeles with stops along the route in San Antonio, Tucson, and Phoenix. As Amtrak’s southernmost route, it passes through Bayou Country, the deserts of the Southwest, and California’s mountains.
Sale fares can be found for as low as $441 for two people in an Amtrak Roomette for train travel this winter.
This route goes through the plains of Iowa and Nebraska before heading up into the Rockies and crossing over the Sierra Nevada before arriving in Emeryville, California, across the bay from San Francisco. Sale fares from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area can be found for as low as $496 on the California Zephyr for two people during this sale.
Lake Shore Limited
For east coast travelers, the Lake Shore Limited leaves from either New York City or Boston with the route joining together in Albany, New York, and making its way to Chicago. The scenic ride traverses through New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region before traveling along the southern coast of Lake Erie and the shores of Lake Michigan before arriving in Chicago. Fares can be found as low as $354 for two people on the Boston to Chicago route.
*credit Afar.com For full article click here.
Gonna leave things at that!!