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Amtrak Adds Glass-Topped “Great Dome” to Adirondack for Fall Foliage
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Amtrak Adds Glass-Topped “Great Dome” to Adirondack for Fall Foliage

by Parker McDonaldSeptember 22, 2016

Passengers aboard Amtrak’s world-famous Adirondack service can experience the splendor of Upstate New York’s fall foliage season in unique fashion when the historic “Great Dome” car returns for a six-week run September 29 through November 1, 2016.

In partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the National Park Service Trails and Rails program, Amtrak brings its dome car back for this popular annual tradition along one of the most scenic train routes in the world.

The car features an upper level with windows on all sides to provide panoramic views of the changing colors of the trees, sweeping vistas of Lake Champlain and breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains between Albany and Montreal.

The dome car will operate northbound on the Adirondack Service (Train 69) from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and return south on Train 68 Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. Dome car trips are not made on Wednesdays.

Passengers are welcome to enter the car and enjoy the view at no extra cost.  Seats are unreserved and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When available, Trails and Rails volunteers will be aboard select dome car trips offering historical commentary between Saratoga Springs and Westport, N.Y.

Passengers can also take advantage of the I Love NY 15 percent discount off the regular (full) adult rail fare, valid for sale through May 2017. Advance reservations are required. In addition, up to 2 children ages 2-12 may accompany each adult at half the discounted rail fare. Details at Amtrak.com orILoveNY.com.

The Adirondack along the cliffs of Lake Champlain.

The Adirondack along the cliffs of Lake Champlain.

 

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Parker McDonald

Parker hails from the Big Apple. While he normally jumps on the 7-line to get where he needs to go, you’ll occasionally find him jumping on a plane out of New York City to destinations around the world.