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Amtrak Travel

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Jims242, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Jims242

    Jims242 Member

    Getting ready to book the missus and I on our first long train trip. I've heard it's a nice, romantic way to travel. Well, we will soon find out if this is true to balderdash.

    My questions to you is: Has anyone traveled on a long train ride in a Viewliner Roomette and what did you think of it?
     
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Planes don't go where you're going?
    Last few times I looked at a train, the plane was cheaper. And got you there a hell of a lot faster.
     
  3. Jims242

    Jims242 Member

    I want to do my wife on a train.
     
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Same here.

    The extra time usually isn't a problem. The extra cost is.
     
  5. A lot of the travelling on my honeymoon was by train, up and down the west coast. LA to Oregon and back.
    Great trip.
    I never fly to NYC any more. Acela Regional, three sleepy hours from home to midtown. No cab. No tunnel. No bridges.
    I love me some trains.
     
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Well, then, Amtrak it is - good luck.
    I've done trains and have had great experiences and miserable experiences. Of course, I haven't "done" my wife on one yet so maybe my view is skewed.
     
  7. Must...resist...
     
  8. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    I've traveled by Amtrak a few times for long distances. My family and I really enjoy going this way.

    PM me and I can provide more info if you want.
     
  9. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    God bless America
     
  10. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Do you speak from experience? :D

    Amtrak can be a good option -- depending on where you are. The Northeast Corridor is best, since the trains run frequently. Problem is, Amtrak has jacked up the fares so much that it's no longer a competitive option. I can drive for much cheaper, tolls and parking included, than take a train to/from NYC.
     
  11. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    My family used to take the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle every summer to see the grandparents in Montana. It was a good time.
     
  12. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I was okay with my first Amtrak experience this past summer, but unless you catch one of their weekly sales, it's not the most economic way to go (plane prices for bus travel times and restrooms). On the other hand, you can do your part in propping up a dying, behind-its-time industry. Think of it as the travel world's equivalent of starting a newspaper subscription.
     
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