As oak and birch leaves turn to deep reds and warm yellows, Amtrak will offer passengers the ideal viewing arrangement. From September 25 to November 4, its 1955 Great Dome car will be rolling through the Adirondack Mountains. The only one of its kind in Amtrak’s fleet, this double decker train car offers stunning panoramic views of New York state’s mountains and lakes from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Service on the Adirondack Line—one of the most scenic rail routes in the U.S.—runs from New York City to Albany and up to Montreal, stopping in Poughkeepsie, Saratoga Springs, and Ticonderoga.
Be sure to look out for the ruins of Bannerman Castle, a munitions facility built as a castle on an island in the Hudson, just south of Poughkeepsie. Then sit back and take in the views of Lake Champlain, a great weekend getaway from New York or Boston. Or disembark at Westport and make your way to Lake Placid, one of America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors.
There’s no extra charge for a ride in the Great Dome car. It gets added to the train in Albany and runs north to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays, returning south on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays. It seats 91 passengers on a first come, first served basis.
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Laura Itzkowitz is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure.