Awesome Shopping Spots A Train Ride Away


Venture away from your local mall this summer and explore awesome shopping cities across the country. With your two free carry-on pieces of luggage in tow, we can take you to notoriously amazing shopping hubs like New York City and Los Angeles without breaking a sweat. But don’t limit yourself, there’s a lot of shopping out there. Here are four more shop ’til you drop destinations perfect for your next shopping adventure.


Feel like a local while shopping at the funky Fremont District. Home to a bustling flea market every Sunday year round, you’ll find one-of-a-kind accessories, furniture and décor. Keep your eyes peeled for their global imports, like unique Chinese statues. Is food more of your forte? Be sure to swing by Pike Place Market, a bustling collection of business, artisans and farmers spread across nine iconic acres in downtown Seattle.
Route: Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, Amtrak Cascades

Boston is more than just a college town. You have got to make time to hit their unique shops to see what Beantown is really about. Get your quirk on in Kendall Square’s “geek chic” gift boutique, Xylem, conveniently located near MIT. You’ll have fun perusing their eccentric products, like “pi” cookie cutters and Star Trek books. Looking for upscale diggs? You’ll want to head to Newbury Street where the street are lined with  Chanel, Valentino, and Diane von Furstenberg to name a few. Interested in a little people watching while you shop? Head to Harvard Square, the  historic red-brick center of Cambridge where the shopping is just as unique as the people watching.
Route: Acela Express, Northeast Regional and Lake Shore Limited

They don’t say Keep Austin Weird for nothing. You’ll find some of the country’s most eclectic and eccentric boutiques in the city of Austin on Second Street. And if you’ve worked up an appetite while hitting the shops, you’ll need to swing by one of the cities famous bbq destinations for a fill of authentic Austin cuisine.
Route: Texas Eagle

Amtrak train approaching Union Station in Chicago

Can’t find your favorite old school tee? No Sweat! Since 1983 the Chicago staple, Strange Cargo, has specialized in reinventing vintage team tee shirts and custom designing them for shoppers. Check out their Chicago sports gear, Converse Chuck Taylors, and Whoopie cushions too! Looking for a glamorous shopping experience with a side of sight-seeing? You’ll need to head toward the famous Michigan Avenue, nicknamed The Magnificent Mile, home to towering shopping centers, chic designer studios, iconic department stores and specialty retail shops.
Route: Southwest Chief, California Zephyr, Capitol Limited and eight more


What’s your favorite shopping city? Tell us in the comments below.