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Our Train Vacation – (Part 4)

Our Train Vacation – (Part 4)

Seattle to Sacramento (& beyond!) Our Train Vacation (Part 4) took us from Seattle to Sacramento on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. Here’s a summary of our itinerary: Day 7:  Amtrak Coast Starlight:  Washington, Oregon, Northern California Leaving behind Seattle, we took an all-day journey through the mighty Pacific Northwest on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. We ‘set up camp’ with our snacks and games in a booth in the glass-domed observation car as we passed through Oregon’s magnificent pine forests and travelled near…

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Our Train Vacation – (Part 3)

Our Train Vacation – (Part 3)

Glacier National Park to Seattle Our Train Vacation (Part 3) took us from Glacier National Park to Seattle on Amtrak’s Empire. Here’s a summary of our itinerary: Day 5:  Amtrak’s Empire Builder: Arrive in Seattle! When we arrived in Seattle, we walked a pleasant (but slightly uphill) stroll to our hotel.  We checked in and unloaded our wheeled luggage and took a nice downhill stroll to Pike Place Market where we would meet Jake – our walking tour guide and…

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Our Train Vacation – (Part 2)

Our Train Vacation – (Part 2)

Chicago to Glacier National Park Our Train Vacation (Part 2) took us from Union Station in Chicago, IL to Glacier National Park on Amtrak’s Empire.  Here’s a summary of our itinerary: Day 3:  Amtrak’s Empire Builder:  North Dakota , Montana – arrive at Glacier National Park! We awoke to the grasslands of the “Northern Prairie State” of North Dakota and it was hard to take our eyes off the scenery.  I was concerned that the train would be boring, but…

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Our Train Vacation – (Part 1)

Our Train Vacation – (Part 1)

Philadelphia to Chicago Our Train Vacation (Part 1) took us from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA to Pittsburgh, PA on Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian, followed by a trip on Amtrak’s Capital Limited to Chicago, IL.  Here’s a summary of our itinerary: Day 1:  Amtrak Pennsylvanian from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh We left Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at lunchtime on a 7-hour ride to the other end of the great State of Pennsylvania.  We rode along the Susquehanna River for several miles; through…

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Take a Train Vacation!

Take a Train Vacation!

Our family’s train vacation was one of our best!  Seeing America by rail can make for a great family vacation.  It took me several months to convince my skeptical family that this could be a fun trip, but they eventually came around and are now looking at Amtrak’s other rail lines for future vacation ideas. For our rail vacation, the train was part of the destination itself.  In Summer 2013, we rode the rails on Amtrak for 3,500 miles with…

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Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite National Park:

If you had just 1 day Mariposa Grove – See the Giant Sequoias! Taking CA-41, we arrived early morning at the south entrance to Yosemite National Park near Mariposa Grove.  It was late June and there was already a short line of cars.  We parked near the Wawona Visitor Center and took the shuttle bus to see the Giant Sequoias! The Giant Sequoias are a national treasure and something that everyone should try to see if they’re able.  They stand…

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

On our train vacation, we took a 1-day excursion from Seattle and tried to see at much of Mount Rainier National Park as we could.  The National Park was less than a 2-hour drive from Seattle.  The route that we took was Interstate 5 South to WA-70 South to WA-706.  This will take you to the Nisqually entrance of the park. We got an early start from Seattle, so that we’d have a full day to spend at Mount Rainier.  …

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Montana National Parks

Montana National Parks

Montana National Park sites benefit from being in one of our nation’s most scenic states.  The Big Sky State is home to Glacier National Park, American Indian Battlefields, and the wide open ranges that forged the original American cowboys. Montana has a vast and beautiful 145,000 square mile landscape and 1 million residents (that’s 1 person for every 93 acres!).  Visitors come to enjoy Montana’s National Parks, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and abundance or outdoor activities. Montana National Park Sites:…

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