Took the Missouri River Runner back and forth from KC to St Louis. I was happy to see that St Louis had upgraded its station. Even more impressed that each train was on time, improving the service between the two cities. I hope the legislators in Missouri continue to help finance this train!
Six Destinations to Celebrate America!
We're feeling extra proud to be American and to celebrate, here are the top six Americana destinations in our system. Let us know your faves in the comments section below.
1. Washington, D.C.: This seems like an obvious choice, but the nation's capital is full of unexpected historical landmarks in addition to the tourist staples. For example, Ben's Chili Bowl has become a civil rights institution over its 55 years in business. The half-smokes aren't bad either!
Route: Northeast Regional
2. Philly: Ah, the City of Brotherly Love, home to Rocky and birthplace of the culinary gem that is the Philadelphia Cheesesteak. From art, music and architecture to a steel-frame outline of Benjamin Franklin's house, Philly is a gem of a destination along our Northeast Corridor.
Route: Northeast Regional
3. New Orleans: If you're looking for a funkier spot to spend your Labor Day weekend, try heading South to Nah'leans. That jazz-loving city also hosted the final battle in the War of 1812, which protected America's recent deal, the Louisiana Purchase, from the invading Brits! Take that Kate & Wills!
4. Memphis: This Tennessee city gets to claim Elvis, B.B. King and Justin Timberlake as its hometown heroes, so it's no surprise Memphis is one of the country's most revered music cities. From the hot nightlife on Beale Street to the cool history in its Rail Museum (really, it's great!), Memphis shouldn't be forgotten as a great destination!
Route: City of New Orleans
5. Sacramento: As the capital of California, Sacramento is rich in state history. The gold rush at nearby Sutter’s Mill, the pony express and even the first transcontinental railroad all started here! What are you waiting for?
Route: Capitol Corridor
6. St. Louis: The gateway to the west and a heck of a sports city, St. Louis has a great mixture of American history and entertainment. In fact, it's where Lewis and Clark set off on their great expedition across the vast American landscape all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps their starting point should be your destination this Labor Day!
Route: Illinois Service
Love this retro 1980s Amtrak graphic? Head to history.amtrak.com for more cool images!
Where do you love to visit in America? Let us know in the comments below!