The Southwest Chief: Tour of an Overnight Train
If you don’t know anything about the Southwest Chief, it’s one of Amtrak’s long-distance trains. In fact, it’s an overnight train that crosses across the mighty Mississippi River, through eight states and past wheat fields, mountains and even deserts.
Some of the coolest parts about the trip are when the train goes through canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself.
For the best views (and Instagram pics), check out the observation car, also sometimes referred to as our sightseer lounge (ohhh, fancy). With their floor-to-ceiling windows, 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.
Want an insider tip that Kelley forgets to mention? If you have a lot of luggage you can check your heavy bags (first two for free) and bring a smaller carry-on into your sleeper car to save space. Uniformed Red Caps provide free baggage-handling assistance at many major stations and can help you when you board at your departure city.
Finally, you should know that all your meals are included. That’s breakfast, lunch and dinner when you book in a sleeper car. Your train attendant will make you a reservation for any or all of them during your journey. So what are you waiting for? Chicago, Los Angeles, and hundreds of other destinations are calling your name. Grab your best buds and start your adventure today!
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