• Welcome to the Observation Car!

Chill out and watch amazing scenery go by in our Observation Cars!

Welcome to the Observation Car!

There’s lots of reasons why trains are better than cars for long trips, but the observation car has to be one of the best.

What’s that? Gasp! You don’t know what an observation car is?

Let us school you …

Our observation cars are part of our double-decker trains that run long distances mainly west of Chicago.

Enjoy the Observation Car

What makes the cars so cool is that they have floor to ceiling windows, giving them their nickname "sightseer lounges." They bring daydreaming out the window to a whole new level … literally. That’s because when you’re in one you’re actually on the second floor of the train.

Meanwhile, back upstairs there’s no assigned seating and anyone can hang out in the observation car. There’s single seats, family seats for groups up to five and even tables for card games and laptops.Below the window-filled observation car is the café car. It (conveniently!) sells snacks like hummus, pizza, chips and beer and has its own booth seating area.

Thanks to the awesome views, it’s always a favorite for first-time riders and Instagramers. Try it out next time you ride one of our long-distance trains out West. And don't forget to tag your pics with the hashtag #Amtrak!

10 comments
freeeagle8998
freeeagle8998

I wonder why I do not see any sightseeing or double decker trains running north and south on the east coast. I have been riding the train for over twenty years and it doesn't seem to be getting better. There use to be movies and music. Now nothing is offered.

johnmeeks1974
johnmeeks1974

I always wondered why there are no sightseeing cars on the East Coast trains.  That would be nice, right?

HasanPR
HasanPR

How do I make sure that I'm booking Double Decker Train from Chicago-West-Region?

lee_bee_63
lee_bee_63

Just returned from trips on the Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, and California Zephyr.  We gave up on the observation cars and stayed in our bedrooms.  They were always full and sadly too many were sleeping or playing games instead of  watching the view!!  There needs to be a way of controlling this.

p2lf
p2lf

Hummus is da bom. BTW why are windows on your regular cars so short? One can barely see the scenery.

JayMarking
JayMarking

We just did a trip a few weeks ago from Orlando FL to Winona MN.   


We've always been on the Empire Builder train with the Superliner cars, and taking the single level car from Orlando to DC was our first time on tine single level cars, and I was really missing the SL  (Sightseeing Lounge) big time!   

vernwash2012
vernwash2012

When i roamed thru in search of food ( i was in the LAST car because of my destination which was short of end of the line)  it was packed!  Everyone was relaxing and you could see the mountain range and how far you actually were up the mountain as the train slipped thru the tunnels in the mountains.  It was really nice!

jnolibos
jnolibos

@freeeagle8998  I think that the double level trains cant run on the East Coast because height clearence isssues.

jnolibos
jnolibos

@johnmeeks1974 I think that the double level trains cant run on the East Coast because height clearence isssues.


vernwash2012
vernwash2012

@HasanPR  - check the time you are trying to leave.  The long run trains generally are doubles out here, so maybe that applies to your area as well.  Example - the zepher comes thru at 10am en route to Chicago, and the Starlight goes to Seattle and blasts thru  at midnite when its northbound and 6amish when its going back to Los Angeles.  Both are long runs and doubles!


Have fun!

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