Amtrak City Pairs: LA>Austin

Amtrak City Pairs: LA>Austin

Going from Los Angeles to Austin by train offers travelers some of the most scenic views of America. From the moment you’re in front of the historic LA’s Union Station, you’re reminded that you are about to set foot on a scenic and memorable journey you’ll never forget.

The train ride on the Texas Eagle crosses four states–California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas–and gives seasoned and budding photogs ample opportunities to take pics of gorgeous grasslands, majestic mountains and quaint towns. Whether you’re planning to capture it all on a smartphone or get lost in a view, we recommend snagging a good seat in the observation car because you’re about to see Amtrak views to remember.  Here are a few sights you’ll see and things to do when you arrive to your destination.

Some Sights along the Way

Los Angeles Union Station: Voted one of the most beautiful train stations in the world by Travel and Leisure, Los Angeles’ Union Station can be captured in all its grandeur inside and out. The art deco décor, comfy chairs in the waiting room and beautiful arches out front make it ones of the most beautiful stations in the world. Insider trip? Enjoy a cocktail at Traxx before stepping on board.

Palm Springs: The desert city hosts well-known golf tournaments, including the Humana Challenge (formerly the Bob Hope Classic.) However, on the train you will see the entire Coachella Valley – home to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and giant windmills from both sides of the train. Winds coming from Mount San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountain provide enough strength to generate electricity.

Maricopa. Ariz.: Home to the Koli Equestrian Center, Maricopa offers horseback riding trails on the Gila River Indian Reservation. While it’s best known for the horseback riding trails, Maricopa’s train station showcases a converted California Zephyr dome observation car. How’s that for a unique lookout?

Austin To Do List:

  • The Elephant Room for great jazz and a mellow laid back vibe.
  • Visit South Congress Avenue for the authentic Austin food truck experience.
  • Easy Tiger for their unbeatable beer selection

Los Angeles To Do List:

  • Visit the Griffith Observatory and hike the surrounding areas.
  • Grab a bite to eat from the Mariscos Al Faro food truck in Highland Park
  • Explore Miracle Mile, Melrose Ave, West Hollywood and Downtown LA for unique neighborhoods.

If you’re suddenly inspired to plan your trip on the Texas Eagle, head here to see how you can save on your ride with a great BOGO offer.