Magazine article Sunset

Plannig an Amtrak Journey

Magazine article Sunset

Plannig an Amtrak Journey

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Despite its fiscal woes, Amtrak is so popular that you must reserve far ahead for many routes in summer. Book through a travel agent, or directly with Amtrak at (800) 872-7245 or www.amtrak.com.

Most scenic Western trips The California Zephyr from Sacramento through the Sierra Nevada to Reno and through the Rockies. The Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle (entertainers ride on board). The Empire Builder from Seattle to Glacier National Park. The Sunset Limited east of Phoenix.

Seating. Coach seats are reserved on all long-distance trains; ask for the middle of the car (it's steadier). Passengers sit and sleep in comfortable reclining seats; light sleepers should bring earplugs and eyeshades.

Meals. Food service has improved markedly in recent years, with menus featuring regional specialties and local wines and beers. No more plastic forks-real china and silverware are used in the dining cars.

Sleepers. …

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