With the fall season soon upon us, it’s time to start planning a leaf peeping trip to fully bask in the glory of autumn scenery. Mountains and forests covered in the hues of golden-yellows, reds, and browns provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing reprieve in nature.
The best setting for fall viewing is, of course, in the country’s Northeast. Wouldn’t it be perfect if you could leisurely passing through some of the most stunning landscapes in New England without having to make the drive yourself?
Here comes the good news: Amtrak is now offering special train rides along the Adirondacks from New York to Montreal and along the coast from Maine to Boston, featuring a train car with windows on both sides, including the overhead area.
The Great Dome car, as it is known, is a vintage model built in 1955, and the only remaining dome car in operation for Amtrak. Its upper level, with first-come, first-serve seating, features big windows that look out into the gorgeous surroundings outside.
On the Adirondacks route, the train ride will give you nearly 11 hours of scenery-viewing time, passing through the lush Hudson Valley, Lake Champlain vistas, and the majestic mountains of the Adirondacks. Amtrak does note, however, that the Great Dome only begins operating at the Albany stop. It will run from late September to early November, departing from New York City for $69 one-way.
Meanwhile, the three-hour Downeaster route will take you along seaside villages, coastal marshes, and calming streams. This is currently running and will end by mid-September. Tickets are incredibly affordable, starting at $25 one-way.