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Planning for a Fall Leaves Trip on Amtrak’s Adirondack




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Fall foliage

In New Orleans, we have two seasons: hot and two days of cold. New Orleans weather is one reason why I love going to exciting places like taking Amtrak’s Adirondack train from New York to Montreal.

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!

Planning

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.

After pinpointing which weekend we were going to see the leaves, the next step was figuring out how to see the leaves.

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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.

In New York, we stayed at Holiday Inn Express New York City Times Square and in Montreal we stayed at Residence Inn Montreal Downtown.

Planning a trip to see fall leaves is a vacation everyone should take. Amtrack's Adirondack from New York to Montreal is the perfect way to see fall.
Planning a trip to see fall leaves is a vacation everyone should take. Amtrack's Adirondack from New York to Montreal is the perfect way to see fall.

A shot taken from the train.

Amtrak Adirondack

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.

Planning a trip to see fall leaves is a vacation everyone should take. Amtrack's Adirondack from New York to Montreal is the perfect way to see fall.

Photo Credit: Amtrak; Amtrak.com

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.

Planning a trip to see fall leaves is a vacation everyone should take. Amtrack's Adirondack from New York to Montreal is the perfect way to see fall.

Photo Credit: Amtrak/Doug Riddell; Amtrak.com

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.


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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.

Planning a trip to see fall leaves is a vacation everyone should take. Amtrack's Adirondack from New York to Montreal is the perfect way to see fall.

Fall leaves on my trip from New York to Canada

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Planning a trip to see fall leaves is a vacation everyone should take. Amtrack's Adirondack from New York to Montreal is the perfect way to see fall.

2 Comments

  1. ttd09

    September 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I would love to travel via amtrak. Fall is such a beautiful time of year.

    Lydia
    chicandmodish.com

    1. mlindsly

      September 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

      It is! I wish I could escape the heat today and go somewhere that is more fall

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