Every Amtrak journey amazes!
The names alone inspire wanderlust: the Southwest Chief, the City of New Orleans, the Coast Starlight and the Crescent. There are dozens of grand Amtrak trains that open the American imagination and landscape, inviting the adventurer, the photographer, the poet and every kind of traveler to enjoy a journey no plane or automobile could possibly equal. Sample just one and you’ll likely make a bucket list of other Amtrak routes you’ll want to experience soon. Learn more.
There’s a grand American landscape waiting for you aboard the Amtrak Southwest Chief. Starting in Chicago, enjoy a front-row seat to a stunning sweep of natural splendor, including the Great Plains and the colorful high desert of New Mexico. Enjoy a unique ride aloft in Albuquerque, America’s Hot Air Balloon Capital and, of course, you’ll want to connect by rail excursion to the grandest of natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. Then top off your trip with the Hollywood glitter of Los Angeles.
Where else would a magical trip begin than in the Entertainment Capital of the World! Take in the Hollywood scene, then head north from Los Angeles along the grand length of the Pacific coast to the “Emerald City” of Seattle. Along the way, the Amtrak Coast Starlight will treat you to unforgettable ocean views, wine country dining, San Francisco cable cars and Portland microbreweries plus magnificent sights like Mount Shasta and the vast beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Enjoy the charm, history and hospitality of the south aboard the Amtrak Crescent from New York City to New Orleans. Explore Jefferson’s classical Monticello home followed by a wine tasting in nearby Charlottesville. Take in the modern dining scene in Underground Atlanta, then head further south into Alabama where you can trace roots of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. And top it all off by savoring Cajun cuisine, Jazz and antebellum architecture at its down home New Orleans best.
City of New Orleans
From Jazz to Jazz, from Blues to Blues, Amtrak’s City of New Orleans turns the trip from Chicago to its namesake into one remarkable journey. Enjoy Chicago’s world-class shopping, dining, museums and music. Along the way is Memphis, where you can dance on Beale Street and pay respects to The King at Graceland. Finally, you pull into the Big Easy, with its irresistible mix of Jazz, Zydeco, mouth-watering gumbo and sweet beignets. You'll find something to love every mile of the way.