Passengers riding on Amtrak’s Adirondack route, which runs between Albany and Montreal, have the opportunity for a unique view of this season’s smoldering colors.
Dome Car Leaf Peeping Amtrack
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Each year for six weeks, passengers riding on Amtrak’s Adirondack route between Albany and Montreal have the opportunity for some premiere leaf peeping in the Northeast. The Great Dome car returns to this route every fall, providing travelers with incredible views of some of the Northeast’s best autumn landscape. If you haven’t been, seriously consider it—and quickly; the glassy cars are only available through November 3.

The Dome Car, an Amtrak icon, was built in 1955 and features upper-level windows on all sides, including the roof, thus creating a 360-degree, panoramic view of the autumn foliage. It is the only train car of its kind in the entire Amtrak fleet. The train route runs along the cliffs of Lake Champlain as well as the Hudson River, with expansive views of the Green Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and endless, colorful tree lines.

The Dome Car runs northbound from Albany to Montreal Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays, returning from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesday—it does not operate on Wednesdays. Advance reservations are required, with one-way tickets from Albany to Montreal starting at $58. You can board this Amtrak train from New York Penn Station, but the Dome Car doesn’t attach to the train until the Albany-Rensselaer Station.