Posted March 13, 2009 by Katie Blais
I love taking the train. I have this romantic notion I'm in some 1950s movie wearing a pill-box hat and red lipstick, most of the time I am in sweat pants and a baseball cap eating M&M’s but in my head I am *totally* Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot or something. For my fellow train lovers out there now is a great time to get onboard with the discounts Amtrak is offering. For example, the Acela train between Boston and Washington, D.C., is a whopping $79 O/W to New York City and $99 to take it all the way down to our nation’s capital, the regional train usually costs more than that! The Cascade Route between Portland and Seattle has 50 percent off a companion’s fare through May 19. Amtrak has tons of other weekly specials, no matter where in this beautiful country you live. With the crazy airline fees out there, I say take advantage of traveling old school on the rails for your next trip.
Some reasons I love the train:
You can call your mom, text your friends and update your Facebook status to tell everyone you are riding the train since you can keep your cell phone on.
They have outlets for you to charge your phone, laptop, iPod, hairdryer, electric razor, etc etc.
Train stations are usually in the heart of the city, I know the shuttle from Boston to New York is a short flight but calculate the time you need to get to the airport, go through security, then get a taxi in from Timbuktu (or the Bronx) it takes about the same time to sit in your seat for four hours and get right out at Penn Station.
Waiting in the train station, I always get a kick out of the old arrival and departure board that clicks when locations and times change, and they always have soft pretzel vendors … bonus!
You don’t have to check your bags and you don’t have to worry about having a toiletry item larger than 3 oz in your bag … which I love because I need all of my beauty essentials when I travel, in their original containers thank you very much.
You can usually score an entire row of seats to sprawl out in.
OK … a cross-country trek might take a bit longer, but think about all the sites you can see.
Just stay away from their hot dogs in the snack car—those always creep me out a bit—I think my dad got food poisoning from one once, and Marilyn definitely wouldn't eat a wiener off a paper plate during her rail voyage.
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