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A Complete Guide to Riding the Amtrak Adirondack

Ask anyone who’s done it, and they’ll tell you: There is something almost magical about traveling by train. Aboard the Amtrak Adirondack, that magic is palpable as you wind through the scenic Hudson Valley, skirt beautiful Lake Champlain, and cross an international border, all in a day’s time.

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Lake Champlain, as seen from the Amtrak Adirondack.

Service on the Amtrak Adirondack line was suspended in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. As of January 2022, Amtrak officials are working with state and federal authorities in the U.S. and Canada to restore service, but no date for the restoral of service has been announced.

The Magic of Train Travel

What comes to mind when someone mentions train travel? The scenic and popular Eurail system, or Japan’s modern high-speed miracles are probably the first you think of. Perhaps it’s Pullman cars, the Orient Express, and the Golden Age of Travel. But the American passenger service Amtrak has some legendary trains and routes itself, with evocative names like the Pacific Surfliner, the Empire Builder, and the venerable City of New Orleans.

While we have yet to ride every inch of Amtrak’s rails, one of our favorite routes is the Adirondack, shuttling travelers daily between Manhattan and Montreal. Traveling through some of Upstate New York’s most picturesque regions, it’s no wonder the Adirondack routinely appears on lists of the world’s most scenic train trips. It’s particularly popular during the autumn and winter, when leaf peepers and skiers head to the mountain resorts of northern New York and Vermont.

We were recently in the former category, taking the train from New York to take advantage of the famous New England fall colors.

The Amtrak Adirondack travels through some of New York’s most beautiful regions, earning it a spot on the world’s most scenic train trips.

The Adirondack Route

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Amtrak Route Map for the Adirondack.

In 1971, when Amtrak service debuted in New York, the Adirondack line went as far as Albany. The Delaware and Hudson railroad had operated service between Albany and Montreal, but the route closed until Amtrak leased the tracks in 1974. Today, more than 300 people ride the Adirondack daily, either as part of their daily commute, for business across the region or, like us, on holiday.

Those tracks cover 318 miles in about 10 hours, with 20-some stops along the way. The train makes it easy and affordable to get away from New York City for a day or a weekend, or from Montreal in the opposite direction. You can visit the famed Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie. Once the home of Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph, today it’s a world class museum, park, and nature preserve. In Albany, you can visit the New York State House, and the State University of New York. You can tour historic Fort Ticonderoga, or the Saratoga National Historic Park, one of several Revolutionary War battlefields along the route.

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Amtrak Penn Station at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Boarding at Penn Station

Train #69, the Amtrak Adirondack, leaves New York’s Penn Station every morning at 8:15. (Train #68 leaves Montreal at 10:20am daily; the two Adirondack trains pass each other somewhere near Westport, NY.) If you’re unfamiliar with New York, that’s the train station beneath Madison Square Garden. It’s the busiest train station in the western hemisphere (serving about 650,000 people daily!), so getting there early is a good idea. We arrived at 6:30 so we could explore the station a bit, and grab breakfast before the trip. The line to board the Amtrak Adirondack starts forming around 7:30.

Something for Everyone! Coffee options at NY Penn Station.

Did we say line? Yes, we did. You see, your reserved coach ticket (all that’s available on the Amtrak Adirondack) is simply for A seat on the train, not a specific seat. That means there is no boarding early and going right to your seat. Instead, a line forms in a designated area on the Upper Level, about 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. You’ll see a sign to the left of the check-in stand for people going to Canada (as you face the stand), near the escalator to Tracks 7/8. (See this map of the main level.) Conveniently, we entered from 31st Street, and found ourselves in the right place…but way before the line was forming. If you get there early also, wait in the lounge so you can see when the line starts.

Note: If you are taking the Amtrak Adirondack all the way to Montreal, you do need to check in at that desk (it says “Canada” on it) before getting in line.

When the train finally starts boarding, a conductor at the bottom of the escalator will ask which town you’ll be getting off at, and direct you to a specific car. It pays to get in line early so you can grab a seat on the left side of the train (facing forward) for the best views of the Hudson River Valley. (Later, you’ll want to switch to the right side.) Despite getting to the station early, we were late(ish) to the line. By the time we boarded our designated car, most left-side seats were taken.

Pro Tip: We learned later that you can get a Red Cap in the Amtrak Lounge to assist with luggage, if needed. Red Caps are also helpful for the elderly and mobility-impaired. As a bonus, they can reportedly get you down to the train ahead of people waiting in line. You’ll see why that’s a bonus in just a little bit.

A barge on the Hudson River passes a channel house, as we pass by on the Amtrak Adirondack, by TravelLatte.

The Hudson River Valley

There are very few areas in New York and New Jersey that compete with the Hudson River Valley for scenery, particularly on a crisp October morning when the fall foliage is out. Or so we’ve been told. This part of the trip is just a foggy memory for us. Literally. A rain storm moved in, and we emerged from the tunnels of New York in rain and fog.

Showers continued for most of the trip, but the fog had lifted by the time we reached Poughkeepsie. Lost in the fog were glimpses of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the forested Hudson Highlands, Bear Mountain, and the Lyndhurst and Rockefeller mansions.

Albany and the Great Dome Car

At the end of August 2019, Amtrak finally retired the Great Dome Car, the last of her kind. The Adirondack route is exceptionally scenic, and always worthy of traveling, but the rolling landmark will be missed. Amtrak is reportedly investigating alternate new carriages to take her place. You can read more at the Albany Times Union.

The tracks continue alongside the Hudson River all the way to Albany, where there’s a service stop. You have a few minutes as the crew adds the Great Dome Car to the train. (If you’re going south from Montreal, the stop in Albany is to remove the Great Dome Car.)

This passenger car is unique in Amtrak’s rolling stock: The upper deck offers true 360-dgree views, with huge curved windows that extend from table height into the ceiling. There are seats, and several tables, all around the cabin, often filled with passengers oohing and aahing at the scenery. One of the best vantage points, though, is standing on a small platform just to the right as you come up the stairs. You’ll have views back over the train is it snakes its way along forests, lakes, and mountains. If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind Instagramable view on this trip, that’s where you’ll find it.

The historic carriage is the last dome car in Amtrak service. It was built in 1955 for the Great Northern Railway, and later worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Amtrak acquired the car at its founding in 1971. It has undergone several renovations, the latest in 1999, and operates seasonally on different Amtrak routes.

The Great Dome Car Ocean View in Plattsburgh NY

The Great Dome Car Ocean View at Plattsburgh Station NY.

Sadly, at the young age of about 65, the Great Dome Car may be facing retirement. Staff on the train told us she was taken out of service for repairs after a tree branch broke a window in 2018, and that may be the last time she gets fixed up. If another major repair is needed, she will likely be retired instead.

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There has been talk of her retirement for several years, but the carriage is a favorite among crew and passengers. It’s humbling to think we may have been aboard for her last season. We sincerely hope that Amtrak will ensure this historic gem is maintained for passengers to enjoy for many more years.

As the train leaves the Albany-Rensselaer station, people start migrating toward the front of the train, waiting for the announcement that the Great Dome Car is open. There is no additional charge for seats in the carriage, but it is first come – first served.

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The Great Dome Car on the Amtrak Adirondack is popular, but seating is first-come, first-served!

The historic Great Dome Car is an unforgettable way to experience fall colors in Upstate New York’s Lake Champlain Valley.

Trails & Rails

Along with the Great Dome Car, a volunteer from the National Park Service joins the train in Albany as part of the Trails & Rails program. As the train makes its way upstate and around Lake Champlain, the volunteer will point out natural, cultural, and historical sites along the way.

The Trails & Rails program is free of charge, thanks to Amtrak’s partnership with the National Park Service. Along with history lessons and information about area events, our docent had maps and handouts available, and good advice about places to go in Upstate New York and neighboring Vermont.

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Docents from the National Park Service ride in the Great Dome Part as part of the Trails & Rails Program.

Lake Champlain Area

This may be the best section of track in the country for a Trails & Rails program! The Lake Champlain area is as rich in Revolutionary-era history as it is in natural beauty. When the train is snaking between the Adirondack Mountains and the shore of Lake Champlain – an area known as the Adirondack Coast – there is no better place to be than upstairs in the Great Dome Car!

As the train traveled almost the entire 120-mile western coast of Lake Champlain, our docent filled us in on the native wildlife, which includes the American Bald Eagle. (True to form, we didn’t spot a single one.) She also pointed out sites like Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point, and Valcour Island, and told us of their roles in history.

Fun Fact: Benedict Arnold commanded the U.S. Fleet on Lake Champlain in the Battle of Valcour Island. He did not do well, losing most of the fleet in his retreat to Fort Ticonderoga.

If the Great Dome Car is not on your trip, you’ll want to switch to the right side of the train at Albany (when traveling north) for the best views. The Rails & Trails volunteers will be in the Café Car.

River crossing and park near Whitehall NY from the Amtrak Adirondack, by TravelLatte.

Crossing into Canada

The last stop in the U.S. (or first, if traveling southward), is Rouses Point. Here, the train is subject to an US Customs and Border Protection, which can cause delays. You are crossing an international border, even if it is on a train, so be sure to have your passport or passport card with you, and not stuffed in your luggage! (That obviously should include your Visa, if needed.)

We disembarked in Plattsburgh, so did not go through the border crossing. We asked a few “regulars” on the train, who said it’s similar to arriving in Canada by air. The customs officials will ask you the same sort of questions: Where you’re going, where you’re from, why you’re entering Canada, etcetera. Going south, it’s a similar scenario when you enter the United States. If you’re a passport stamp collector, you may have to ask to get stamped.

Shortly after you’ve cleared customs, the train crosses the 45th Parallel, which marks the border between the U.S. and Canada in New York. Leaving Lake Champlain behind, you’ll cross mile after mile of Canadian farmland en route to St. Lambert, QC. Trains here connect to Niagara Falls and Toronto, but the Amtrak Adirondack ends its run at Montreal’s Gare Centrale. Barring any delays, you should arrive at about 7pm.

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Window seats take on a new meaning in the Great Dome Car on the Amtrak Adirondack!

The Leaf Peeping Train

Although it’s not designated as such, one of the main attractions of the Amtrak Adirondack is the prime leaf peeping opportunity!

The route travels through some of the best areas in New England for fall foliage: The Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, the Hudson River Valley, and the Lake Champlain area. With so much natural beauty in every direction, adding the Great Dome Car to the route is icing on the cake.

The Amtrak Adirondack between colorful trees and Lake Champlain, by TravelLatte.

The big question, of course, is when to go. If you’re lucky enough to live in New England, you can easily catch the train when you spot the leaves changing. For everyone else, there’s a bit of luck involved. We chose the second week of October, because that’s when the forecast looked best when we booked tickets in August. We were rewarded with some great color, but heard that peak was the following week. Ironically, we were in Vermont the following week, and heard peak was the week before. Moral of the story: Mother Nature doesn’t listen to the forecast.

It can be hard to catch prime color. Predicting in advance when leaves will change is as hard as predicting the weather a month or more ahead of time. To help, there is a great interactive Fall Foliage Prediction Map, and a great primer on the art and science of leaf peeping, at SmokeyMountains.com.

The Poultney River forms one branch at the southern end of Lake Champlain, seen from the Amtrak Adirondack, by TravelLatte.

Essential Amtrak Adirondack Information

As a daily service running year-round between Manhattan and Montreal, the train serves commuters and travelers alike. The locals know the routine by heart but, for travelers, some things aren’t apparent. Here are a few pieces of essential information for your trip on the Amtrak Adirondack.

Tickets & Where to Buy Them

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While trains have been around for more than a century, ticketing is a thoroughly modern affair. If you’d like, you can still buy a ticket at the train station, but we prefer purchasing in advance. Our advice is to download the Amtrak app for your smartphone to manage your train travel. Hopefully, this won’t be your only train trip, so the app will be handy to have.

You can purchase fares either on-line or in the app. For a round-trip fare, enter your starting point (NYP – New York Penn Station) and destination (Montreal, QC – MTR), the date you’re leaving, and your return date. You can also book one-way tickets, multi-city itineraries, or tickets to any stop along the way. Prices vary according to the day and season, but a one-way Value Ticket (NYP-MTR) should be less than $80US for adults, and under $50 for children 2 to 12. Refundable Flexible Ticket will be more.

Note: If you are traveling across the U.S./Canada border, you will need to provide your date of birth and country of citizenship on your reservation, and indicate the form of ID you will carry with you on your trip. You’ll need to make sure you have the proper documentation for international travel, and that they are up to date.

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You and Your Baggage

As with all short-distance Amtrak trains, there is no checked baggage service on the Amtrak Adirondack. This means you keep your luggage with you; you take it onto the train, and you take it off.

If you’re going for a day or weekend trip, that’s no big deal. You’re probably only taking a carry-on suitcase, or a backpack, both of which will fit on the overhead luggage rack. There is room up there for your other belongings, as well. If fact, there’s room up there to take a nap! For some reason, it seems so much more spacious than airline overhead bins. (Sort of a recurring theme on Amtrak trains.)

If you’re taking a longer trip, as we were, you might have a larger suitcase, and that’s alright, too. At the end of each passenger car is a storage compartment. Here again, boarding as early as you can pays dividends: That small compartment fills up fast! In fact, we’ve never been on a train trip where it wasn’t overflowing.

The good news is that, so long as you’re mindful of other passengers, there is usually some space at either end of each carriage. If you have nobody sitting next to you, you can likely use that space, too.

Although there is no checked baggage service, there is baggage assistance at both Penn Station and Montreal’s Central Station. You can take advantage of Amtrak’s Red Cap service to handle your bags and get you to your train. Be sure to let staff on the train know if you’ll need assistance getting off the train, as well.

Amtrak Adirondack in the forest on a foggy day, by TravelLatte.

Aboard the Amtrak Adirondack

There is no First or Business Class on the Amtrak Adirondack. Every seat is coach, so you can sit where you like. You will need to show your ticket (or app) when boarding. Sometime during the trip, a conductor will visit, ask where you’re departing, and place a small card at your seat. If you move, be sure to take that card with you. Likewise, when changing seats, that card will tell you if a seat is taken.

Speaking of changing seats, you are generally free to move about the train. If the car you’re in is too loud, feel free to move to another. When the best side for scenery changes, you may want to switch sides, at least. And when they announce that the Great Dome Car is open, you’ll definitely want to change cars!

The Café Car

Taking the Amtrak Adirondack is generally a full day of travel. Even if you don’t go the whole way between Manhattan and Montreal, you’re likely to be there long enough to get a little hungry. There is no Dining Car on the train, but there is a Café Car. If you’re familiar with Amtrak service, it’s the same menu you’ll see on trains across the country. There are plenty of pre-packaged snack foods, along with pizza and sandwiches. Beverages include coffee and tea, soda and juices, and even wine, beer, and liquor. Unlike trains with a dining car, your ticket does not include food. You’ll have to pay by cash, credit, or debit card.

There is seating in the Café Car, but you can take your selections back to your seat if you’d like. You can even take food and drinks into the Great Dome Car. Interestingly, there are café facilities and seating on the lower level of the Dome Car, but it no longer operates as a café car.

Note: We did not see Vegan options in the Café Car, though there were limited Kosher selections. Also, Amtrak does not guarantee a nut- (or other allergen) free environment.

Passengers are allowed to bring food aboard the train, and we’ve seen many people taking advantage of that, whether homemade or take-out.

When to Find the Great Dome Car

There are two trains that run the Adirondack route daily, but there’s only one Great Dome Car! You’ll find it going north (New York to Montreal) on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Then south on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

The car is on the Adirondack route only in the fall, usually from September through November. As always, schedules can change without warning. You can check Amtrak’s page for the Great Dome Car for availability, but service changes could mean that the car is out of service during your travel dates.

The Great Dome Car is also featured on the Downeaster Route, from Brunswick to Portland in Maine, from August to September.

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A farm in Upstate New York, seen from the Amtrak Adirondack, by TravelLatte.

Fun Amtrak Adirondack Facts

  • The Adirondack is one of the more popular routes for private train cars. (Yes, it’s a thing!) We didn’t have any on our train, but frequently these luxury private cars are attached at the end of the train. They are usually chartered for tour groups, with tour prices in the thousands (compared to our $72 tickets).
  • The Great Dome Car has a name: “Ocean View.” Ironic, on the Adirondack run, as there is no ocean to be seen.
  • The Amtrak Adirondack isn’t the only route with stunning fall foliage! The Amtrak Vermonter, the Downeaster, the Ethan Allen, and the Capitol Limited all enjoy New England fall scenery. See all Amtrak routes here.
  • Sometimes, the Great Dome Car gets to ride on other routes. For example, it was on the Downeaster during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Checking Amtrak’s blog is the best way to find out if this historic carriage is making a special appearance.
  • The Amtrak station in Port Henry, New York, was built in 1888, making it one of Amtrak’s oldest stations!

Final Thoughts on the Amtrak Adirondack & the Great Dome Car

Regular readers will know that we love visiting New England in the autumn, and one of our favorite fall activities is Leaf-Peeping! From the Hudson Valley and up through the Adirondacks, the cooler weather brings a riot of color, and the Amtrak Adirondack is a great way to see it. The trip is beautiful year-round though; one reason it’s routinely named as one of the most scenic train trips in the world. We highly recommend it any time of year, but especially in the autumn.

The Great Dome Car is obviously the best way to see all of the fall color and beauty of the Lake Champlain area. The 360-degree views are truly breathtaking, but we will admit that she could use a little sprucing up. Her last refurbishment, as of this writing, was 20 years ago. Though it’s still sturdy and comfortable, the downstairs is unused, and the upstairs seating could be updated. With persistent rumors of her retirement, renovation is probably not in the plans.

We would love to see Amtrak invest in the Great Dome Car and keep this moving national treasure available for passengers to come. It would be fantastic to see her restored as a fully-functioning lounge car, with the café downstairs and amazing views up top. Perhaps the carriage could be used on more routes, also. We can think of no better was to experience the unforgettable views of the Pacific Northwest, across the Empire Builder route, and through the Desert Southwest.

We doubt that will happen, but we are fairly certain that retirement from Amtrak won’t be the end of the line for old “Ocean View.” If Amtrak doesn’t keep her rolling, one of America’s private rail car companies probably will. Of course, that comes with a price tag, and it will be substantially more than the 70-or-so dollars it will cost you today. So, if you have an opportunity to ride in the Great Dome Car, take it! We did, and we’ll never forget it.

Crossing the Poultney River on the Amtrak Adirondack, by TravelLatte.

Your turn! Have you taken the Amtrak Adirondack through New York? Have you had a chance to ride in the Great Dome Car? And how do you like train travel? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget, you can see more photos from the Amtrak Adirondack in the photo companion to this guide!

28 comments on “A Complete Guide to Riding the Amtrak Adirondack

  1. I’d like to know which stops are in the Adirondacks so I can get off and hike. Also where there would be overnight lodging.

    • Hi Bill – There are many great hiking trails not far off the rails in New York! To visit the Adirondacks, pretty much any stop between Albany and Plattsburgh will get you close to the trails, but our choice would be Plattsburgh. There is ample lodging, great restaurants, and rental car facilities to get you to some of the trailheads. There are some great hikes, and lots of history, in the vicinity of Fort Ticonderoga, and some great lodging options along Lake Champlain, also. Staying in Plattsburg is an easy drive to the forts in the area, and even up to the Canadian border, and western Vermont. Let us know if you have more questions!

  2. Amazing! I know nothing about traveling all over the country, what a wonderful looking place to explore.

  3. It’s truly brilliant article about this incredible tips and information. Much obliged for giving this advice.

  4. I’ve only traveled on the East Coast by car, but I’ve heard about this beautiful train ride that goes through the Hudson River Valley. It’s a very scenic route, even in the rain. I love traveling by train, but I don’t do it often enough. The historic Great Dome Car reminds me about the scenic train rides we took in Switzerland. Beautiful!

    • We are the same – Love traveling by train, but don’t get to do it often enough! And wow…a dome car in Switzerland! That would be amazing. 🙂 Good to “see” you again, Anda!

  5. Hi, we are looking at taking the train from Plattsburgh to New York. We are from Ontario and were wondering if there is any free overnight parking close to the Plattsburgh train station. Amtrak website indicates there is no overnight parking at the station. Thanks

    • Sorry for the delay, Christian – we typed out our reply, and forgot to post it. We did not see any free overnight parking near the train station. That said, there is parking on the street and adjacent to the train station, as well as a large lot behind the station at the Plattsburgh Boat Launch, but you’d be taking your chances leaving a vehicle unattended overnight. Also, the parking directly in front of the station has a two-hour limit.

    • Hi Kate – You CAN get off of the train along the way, but it’s not the sort of trip where you can get off in one town, meander around, and then get back on the train. Each stop is only a few minutes, to allow for passengers disembarking/boarding at that station. Also, there are only two trains per day – one in each direction – along this route. So you can get off in cities along the way, if your destination is in one of those cities. For example, we went as far as Plattsburgh, NY, instead of continuing on to Montreal.

  6. Thanks for this informative article. We are pensioners on holiday from Australia and we are travelling on the train from Montreal to New York City. We presumed that a reserved seat meant that we had an allotted seat, but now know otherwise so will pitch up earlier. Merci, for your comments.

    • Hi Jack – Glad you found the article helpful! We were disappointed to find that “reserved” only meant you have a seat, not a specific seat, and felt that was one important thing to pass on. We’re looking forward to taking the Adirondack again, to visit Montreal – the opposite way from what you’re doing. Enjoy the trip! 🙂

  7. I love train travels, although lately I mostly travel by plane (when I don´t have enough time off) or by car (cause it´s easier with kids). I´d love to take Amtrak Adirondack through New York one day. The fall colors are stunning! However, I wish I could reserve a seat in a Great Dome Car… #FeetDoTravel

    • We were very concerned about getting a seat in the Great Dome Car. As it turned out, the worry wasn’t needed. There was plenty of room for everyone who was interested. Most people only visited the Dome Car for a short while, so even if it was crowded at one moment, there was room soon after. We are so glad we took the time to ride the train upstate instead of flying. It was a great trip, and something we’ll always remember. Thanks for your comment, Anna!

  8. I seriously need more train travel in my life and the Amtrak Adirondack is going on the list. A shame about being fogged in but it still sounded like a great experience. The dome car is fabulous.

    • The dome car really is fabulous! We really hope it doesn’t get retired, and that more people get to enjoy the experience. We completely agree, though: we need more train travel in our lives, too! 🙂 Hope you get to hop on the Amtrak Adirondack soon. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it! Thanks for your comment, Shona.

  9. Wow, I’d really like to ride in the dome car before it’s retired, and be sure to use these great tips. I truly hope they don’t retire it though! ? An awesome train trip with a great city on either end. Helpful info about Penn Station, I get confused in there every time.

    • Hi Cynthia – We hope the dome car hangs on for a few more years, too! Actually, we hope it gets some updates and keeps on traveling for many more years. Penn Station can really be overwhelming; another reason to get there early. But we managed okay for first timers in that station. As always, thanks for your comment!

  10. Love your leaf peeping stories 🙂 Sounds like you really enjoyed this train journey and definitely an experience! We’d love to do this. The dome lounge looks incredible, shame you cant reserve a seat, and a shame they don’t take advantage of it’s history and make it super luxurious or something and charge people more? I remember Penn Station when we went to Washington, we thought it was very smooth and organised there compared to some London and European stations!

    • Hey guys! Glad you enjoy the leaf peeping adventures! We’re with you on upgrading the Dome Car into a “golden age” sort of experience. It would be really enjoyable, and might even bring ridership up! We just hope it wouldn’t take the cost up too much. (Yes, champagne tastes on a “wine cooler budget.” 😉 Thanks for your comment! Looking forward to you guys coming over for some leaf peeping escapades!

  11. Last time I traveled by train in the US I was about 10 year old! I love train travel in Europe, so why not take Amtrak? Especially to see the Adirondacks. This trip just went on my bucket list — and I would plan for autumn to see the changing leaves!

    • Yay! This trip really should be a bucket list journey, both for fans of fall color and of train rides. We just happen to love both! Granted, our trains aren’t quite at Europe’s level, but this one is a great one. Hopefully, the more we ride these trains, the more routes we’ll get. Thanks for your comment, Sharon!

  12. I went on my first Amtrak ride last year from LA to Santa Barbara and really enjoyed it. I’m going to have to keep the Amtrak Adirondack in mind when I visit my daughter in the city so we can enjoy this beautiful train trip.

    • What a coincidence! Our first Amtrak Ride was going the opposite direct, from Oakland to LA, with a stop in Santa Barbara. That’s another great trip that we have yet to write about! (Shame on us.) If you enjoyed that, you’ll love the Adirondack. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Jill!

  13. We have done this route by car more than once but doing it by train sounds wonderful. What a shame it rained through the Hudson River Valley where the scenery is lovely. As to fall colours – my experience is that they are wonderful even if you miss the so-called peak week which does seem to move according to who you speak to.

    • Hi Lyn – I think we would like to do this trip again as a road trip. There are so many great towns and cities along the way that we’d love to stop and explore. There’s a ton of history in the area, and we love farmers markets and harvest festivals that seem to be everywhere in New England! You’re so right about peak color during the fall – it changes all the time! But that’s Mother Nature – her schedule, not ours! 😉 Thanks for your comment!

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