Planning for a Fall Leaves Trip on Amtrak’s Adirondack
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If you are like me and the leaves turn from green to brown in your hometown you need to start planning your fall foliage trip!
When planning this trip, I used the resources available through The Foliage Network. The first report for this season came out on Monday, September 4, 2017, and the network updates every Monday and Thursday with some special reports sprinkled throughout the week.
As y’all know, my family adores road trips, but, when it comes to leaf peeping, we wanted everyone to enjoy the experience thoroughly, so mom found this fantastic deal through Amtrak!
We booked a one-way ticket to Amtrak Adirondack which winds through the Adirondack Mountains – perfect for leaf peeping.
For six weeks out of the year, Amtrak puts its famous Great Dome Car on the Adirondack train to soak in all the glory of leaf peeping.
While onboard the train, there is a program called Trails & Rails where volunteers from the National Park Service comes on board and educates guests on the history of the sites all around.
Fun Fact: Trails & Rails was a summer program that started in New Orleans in 2000 and quickly grew to be a year-round partnership.
We were able to purchase 1 Accessible coach seat for $65.45 and 2 Reserve Coach seats for $142.45.
New York to Montreal
We arrived at Penn Station around 7 am to board out 8:15 am a train ride. Since none of us ever boarded a train, there was some confusion where we were supposed to go. Make sure to get to Penn Station early and don’t do what we did and jump right in line. Make sure you go to the front of the line and find the person checking everyone in.
Once we checked in correctly, we were whisked away on an elevator (thanks to our accessible pass) and were able to settle in before the rest of the people boarded the train.
When it comes to accessible companion seats on the train, make sure you flexible about where you sit because we noticed Amtrak does not keep good tabs on how many accessible tickets are needed at the various stops on the train.
There is a dining car on the train, but you may want to pack your snacks and lunch to bring with you because the menu is quite small.
Did you see leaves?
Unfortunately, we went a bit early, we went the weekend of October 14, 2016, but what can you do when Ally and I work full-time jobs and have conflicting schedules? The train ride it self-was gorgeous, and we were able to see some fall leaves on the trip once we reached Canada.
Have you ever traveled to see something unique or special? My latest trip was when I saw the solar eclipse.
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