Notices

Amtrak Michigan to NYC

Reply

Sep 22nd, 2012, 10:07 AM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 26
Amtrak Michigan to NYC

Considering rail to NYC for Summer 2013 instead of air or road trip. From home in mid-Michigan, it seems impractical and takes way too long if we board Amtrak here with multiple stops as well as some departures backtracking to Chicago enroute to NYC. Not opposed to driving a good chunk of the way and traveling rail from a location outside the city..perhaps from a fun place to spend a day or two before or after. Hoping to maximize time in NYC and, while loving rail travel, don't want to spend days traveling there. Any ideas?
daschmo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 22nd, 2012, 11:05 AM
  #2
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,649
You can train from Buffalo to NYC - but I think it's 8 or 9 hours (similar to driving). That would let you see Niagara Falls.

Other than that the only routes that are frequent are from Boston down though DC. So you could visit Philly and train to NYC - but I don't know what you would do with your car in Philly.
nytraveler is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 23rd, 2012, 07:09 AM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,852
Hi daschmo,

There's the Lakeshore Limited train from Chicago-NYC. Without having to head north or west, probably closest place of interest to Michigan on this route would be Cleveland, OH. Cleveland has The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a stellar art museum, the West Side Market and a beautiful cemetery with a quite impressive mausoleum to James A. Garfield. I think Cleveland is more interesting than people give it credit for.

The only ick is that the train is scheduled to leave Cleveland at 5:50am and on the return arrives in Cleveland at 3 am. Buffalo might be a better choice as the hours of departure and arrival are better.

If you have passports, another possibility which would be mostly train with little backtracking is drive to Windsor, Ontario across from Detroit. From there, you could take VIA Rail to Toronto and then Amtrak's Maple Leaf train from T.O. to NYC. Only issue with this is that the train does take a seeming eternity to go through customs.

Best wishes D. Williams
Daniel_Williams is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:04 AM.