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chichi

Need Rail Travel Advice!

by chichi »

 

We are getting bored with escaping to Florida in the winter, so are very interested in taking a rail trip West in January or early February. We would like to take Amtrak from Newark or New York City, stopping in Chicago for a day or two, and somewhere along the route, perhaps Denver, for a few days as well. We could end up in LA...do some traveling within California by rental car...and then perhaps return from San Francisco, by a different route if possible. Do you know of a travel agent who specializes in rail arrangements, and do you have any suggestions for us, or information as to what such a trip would cost.
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RE: Need Rail Travel Advice!

by /bio/pauline-frommer »

It's doable, my only worry is that the long-distance trains have a bad reputation for being late. Very late. So I would only suggest traveling this way if you can be flexible. As well, you'll likely pay far more for this type of trip than you would to travel by air. I don't know of any travel agencies that specialize in US rail travel, but you should be able to easily get this sort of information from the Amtrak website.

Good luck!

Best,

Pauline

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RE: Need Rail Travel Advice!

by /bio/escapes »

I once had an ear problem while traveling for business and so HAD to take Amtrak across the US (from Idaho). It's NOT something I would do again. The train wasn't well maintained, we ended up being almost 2 DAYS late and you get tired of Amtrak food very fast. There are better ways to vacation.

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kringenwally

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by kringenwally »

For the most scenic bit, just a small portion of what the full marathon trip would be, but a portion that already is long enough and definitely will scratch your railway itch, fly to Denver, stay the night (hey, it's a great town, stay several nichts unless Denver's real winter scares you), then take the 08:05AM train through the mountains, to Grand Junction, you get there just before it gets dark, at 3:57PM. Then fly out.

OR stay on the train (through the dark) to Salt Lake City, scheduled to arrive by 11:05 PM (that's the theory - good luck in making it on time, so book a hotel that will be open and staffed all night to receive you if it's much later...).

Check out this video (click) that shows the scenic route, late September, in winter there will be much less foliage etc.

Also watch this video (click) - the Union Station in Denver is under construction and won't look anything like this video shows, but otherwise it gives you an idea, also about hoe people are a bit rugged up already in October...

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heinzd1968

RE: Need Rail Travel Advice!

by heinzd1968 »

In Response to Need Rail Travel Advice!:[QUOTE] I used to work for Princess tours in Alaska as a chef on board Alaska Railroad. Princess Tours is the rail division of Princess Cruises. They offer vacation packages for tourists that start from Anchorage and travel the railways up to Fairbanks with stops at several stops in between for activities and such. They run from May thru the end of August. You can go to their site for more info: princesstours.com

 

We are getting bored with escaping to Florida in the winter, so are very interested in taking a rail trip West in January or early February. We would like to take Amtrak from Newark or New York City, stopping in Chicago for a day or two, and somewhere along the route, perhaps Denver, for a few days as well. We could end up in LA...do some traveling within California by rental car...and then perhaps return from San Francisco, by a different route if possible. Do you know of a travel agent who specializes in rail arrangements, and do you have any suggestions for us, or information as to what such a trip would cost.

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RE: Need Rail Travel Advice!

by /bio/ashleyjohnson2a »

According to me rail travel is the most comfortable as compare to the other source of the travel like car, bus. It is also cheap.

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