Details on Traveling by Train
Amtrak (800-872-7245, http:/
Acela Express and Metroliner provide daily high-speed service between Washington and Boston and/or New York. Fares are higher than for regular service. Service for both is available only at select stations. Acela stops in such cities as Philadelphia; Newark; New Haven, Conn.; and Providence, R.I. Metroliner runs only between Washington and New York, with stops at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport; Wilmington, Del.; and Philadelphia, among others.
Some of Amtrak's most scenic routes don't originate in the Washington area (the Vermonter from Washington to northern Vermont being a notable exception) but are worth considering as part of a fly/drive package. The Amtrak Cascades goes from Oregon to Vancouver, B.C., its tracks snaking around Puget Sound during part of the route. The California Zephyr travels from Chicago to San Francisco, passing spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas. If the West Coast isn't your thing, consider the Adirondack from Manhattan to Montreal, which travels along the Hudson River for a stretch before winding its way through thickly forested upstate New York. Also note that many Amtrak routes have Trails & Rails programs, conducted in conjunction with the National Park Service. The program features onboard volunteers who share information about scenic areas the train travels through. (See http:/
The Auto Train operates nonstop service between Lorton and Sanford, Fla. Prices vary according to season and holidays. In early March, for instance, a one-way fare is $245 for one car and a reserved coach seat. Sleeper car accommodations are additional.
For info on tourist trains that offer scenic rides and train vacations in the United States and beyond, check out Vacations by Rail (877-929-7245, http:/