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Amtrak Best Train Adventure

Updated on November 11, 2014

Going Home Again - On The Train

I recently spent a great deal of time riding on a train, an Amtrak train that is. And I decided to inflict this experience outward, to the not-so-nimble reader. Also following are some official Amtrak links, also train travel tips.

Run like the very wind! But not away! Oh no. Run to the train station. Amtrak is the adventure. I actually enjoy the whole feel of Amtrak, the rhythmic action movements of travel, exciting, but lulling, like rain pounding on an old tin roof.

Ok then.

Scenic California Route

Entertainment on the Train

Take your own!

It's all on you to provide your own. Plan ahead. There will be nothing to do unless you bring it yourself. And don't forget the headphones!






Look out the window. On Amtrak, the California Zephyr has fantastic nature views. Going through the mountains, I caught this one.

Entertainment on the Train

Part 2

People actually converse while they're traveling Amtrak. Small groups form and break up as the scenery changes from one fantastic view to another.

People find themselves relaxing; a subtle message from the train clatter helps to let go. The passengers come to be in a vacation mood, a traveling mood, very light-hearted at the beginning, more challenging at the end. I'll be adding a module on this challenge soon.

High Speed Rail

For God's sake, why can't we have a fast train in this country? It's not the Middle Ages anymore.

Keep on keeping on!

Best form of travel - Absolutely the train

It's much more peaceful than the airlines and doesn't have such a police state mentality.

Rainbow Cake, Disaster Mode


Food on the Train

Don't forget the cake!

No heavy duty or complicated items. Non-perishables are what you need. Take a nice picnic basket, or a food bag, and load it up. Pudding, fruit cups, homemade cookies if you can get them. Load up that picnic basket until you can walk no more. Think Yogi Bear!

Remember, that bag will be empty when you leave the train, empty and lightweight.

1. Trail Mix

2. Fruit

3. Crackers

Click on the picture for a fun baking disaster story.

At The Station

At The Station
At The Station

© 2012 Linda Hahn

Trainees Sign In Here - Yes, I Mean Train People.

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I have not taken a train trip in years but I grew up near trains and love to hear them in the distance as I lay in bed.

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      5 years ago

      Traveling by train is a lot of fun, although I have never ridden the Amtrak train here in California. I used to ride the train about 6 times a year back in New Zealand and loved it.

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      randomthings lm 

      6 years ago

      I LOVE train. what a great adventure.

    • traveller27 profile image


      6 years ago

      Back for another look - always enjoy travelling by train.

    • LisaDH profile image


      6 years ago

      The longest train rides I've been on were during my trip to India, but I've never taken a long train trip in the US. I've always wanted to take the train from California to Washington state, as they saw it's a beautiful ride, but it's more expensive than flying unless you want to sit up all night. But I think I'm finally going to do it next summer. Can't wait!

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      6 years ago

      I have wanted to do this for years, but never had the chance. (Grabs pen and write it down on to do list) Thanks for the hints, I wouldn't have thought about the snacks. And I agree about the high speed trains....why don't we have them? Or the monorail that was predicted and first used at Disney in 1958.

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      6 years ago

      I've been wanting to take an Amtrak adventure for years.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      6 years ago

      My one and only train ride resulted in me getting robbed. Doesn't mean that I wouldn't do it again - it was a great ride until then.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      6 years ago

      I took a 4 day train trip on Amtrak a few years ago. The only part I didn't like was the layover in Sacramento where we had to wait at the train station all night. The food was great, service great, scenery great.

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      6 years ago

      We haven't taken a train yet but are planning to ride on the Rocky Mountaineer this summer, great topic

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I love riding the rails. I agree that it's relaxing. You've included fine tips and encouragement for "trainees." Squid Angel blessed.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed!

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      April Wier 

      6 years ago

      I once took a train trip to New Orleans, as a child. It was a lot of fun.

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have only rode on a train one time and enjoyed it! Hope this form of transportation comes back in vogue.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      I love the train and I had a wonderful vacation one time - from Kansas City to Chicago to Minneapolis across the Canadian American border down the west coast of the US through New Mexico and back home. WheW! Didn't even stop to punctuate that. I wish there were more of them in this country, like in Europe.

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      6 years ago

      I haven't traveled by train yet

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'm a fan of Amtrak - but I do wish there were a few high speed inter-state trains. It's a lot less stressful than the airports and cheaper if you have more time than money.

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      Monika Weise 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I've only traveled by train once, but I just loved it. Hope I get another opportunity.

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      6 years ago

      I used to love traveling by train but received bad enough service on a day trip last fall on Amtrak that I have zero desire to ride the rails anytime soon. When asking about Amtrak's regulations on traveling with crated pets, the conductor went on a tirade about anyone who would think of traveling with them. According to him, pets should never be seen in public and every single one of them are nuisances. (BTW, Amtrak's policy is no pets are allowed, even traveling crated as cargo.)

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      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I haven't riddeen a train in many years ... I think it was pre-amtrack. The train station was amazing, and the ride was pleasant.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Someday I hope to take a ride on an Amtrak. At least experience it once anyway. :) We have to fly everywhere here in the islands or take a slow boat....that's about it. A monorail is being built to allleviate the congested traffic for the workers here, but who knows when that will be finished. We're on "island time" here. :)

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      6 years ago

      I only ever traveled by train once and I loved it. I will have to make a point to travel by rail again.

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      6 years ago

      On my bucket list---take a trip by train.

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      6 years ago

      Great topic. I went cross country by Amtrak. Loved it!

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      timo5150 lm 

      6 years ago

      I agree we should have a high speed train as long as they do not get rid of the ones we have. I have traveled from coast to coast by car, train, and plain and I have to say by train was the most scenic. Although it would be a nice alternative to flight I still would Like the option of taking a slow ride across country.


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