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Good morning y’all! I feel like I was waiting on this fun little weekend girls’ trip for so long, and now it’s come and gone in just a blur! A couple weekends ago, my sister Carrie, my friend Mary Kate and I packed our bags and headed over to the Amtrak train station in downtown Memphis to take the train to New Orleans, LA.
This was my second time to take the Amtrak train to New Orleans, and it was even better than I remember! We left on a Saturday morning and got there that afternoon. Then we had the rest of Saturday and all Sunday to explore New Orleans. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency which was located within walking distance to the train station. The hotel had so many dining options, and the rooms were spacious with a nice skyline view of the city.
5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START USING AMTRAK
1.) The ride is part of the experience. Unlike when you’re stuck in a cramped vehicle with 2 other friends, on the Amtrak train, the ride is actually part of the whole experience. You can lay down and sleep, get caught up on work, head to the dining car and eat and drink or even just check out the views in the observation car.
2.) It’s the most comfortable way to travel. Like I mentioned above, you can do anything on the ride, but if you like to catch up on your zzzz’s while traveling, Amtrak is perfect for you. The chairs recline back and the foot rest pops up. There is SO much room! I said I was going to work on the ride, but I actually napped for 5 hours because I was so comfy. Oops! = )
3.) You get to take in the scenery. And the scenery is completely different than what you would see if you were just in a vehicle. And you get to do it all while grabbing a bite to eat or drinking some hot chocolate. That sounds like the perfect trip to me.
4.) It is one of the most inexpensive ways to travel. It costs about the same to drive my vehicle to New Orleans, but I get to save on wear and tear on my vehicle. Prices started at $62 each way. And the train station is conveniently located close to the French Quarter, so you’re easily within walking distance to all the action.
5.) We got to the train station 5 minutes before the train left. No having to arrive at the airport 2 hours early. It was just so convenient!
Remember when it comes to taking the Amtrak train, it really is about the experience. The first time I took the train, it was for my sister’s bachelorette party. This time it was for a girls’ weekend. They have public seating and they also have private cars. Grab a bunch of your friends, and hop on the train with them to create some fun memories with your besties. Have you ever taken the Amtrak train?
15 thoughts on “5 Reasons for Using Amtrak on Your Next Vacation”
I should look into Amtrak travel more! There are a couple stations nearby!
I haven’t tried the Amtrak yet, but this looks so fun! Going to have to plan a trip! Those seats looks so comfy and how nice to get to get up and walk around when you want to.
sounds like a great alternative to airplane travel! This looks so fun!
I love the callout of not having to get to the airport early, it’s so true! =)
I hope you are having a great week so far!
Wow that hotel looks amazing! I’m going to stay at the Hyatt Regency next time I’m in New Orleans.
This sounds like such an awesome way to travel and looks like so much fun!!
& your outfit is too cute!!
cute & little
Can u spend the night on the train
They do have some of the train rides that go overnight. Mine was during the day though. = )
Every time I take Amtrak, I always sit in the dining cart so I can do some work because I know if I sit in those reclining seats I would fall asleep in 2 seconds
Ive actually always wanted to take one!
I’m now tempted to take an Amtrak girls trip too! Looked like fun!!
I have always dreamed of traveling by train! Now that I’m an ‘adult’ I just need to do it. Looks like you have a blast! Hugs, Kait
I have actually never traveled via Amtrak before, but your experience and these photos make me want to do it next time. I had no idea it was this nice!
You are so right, I LOVE taking Amtrak for those reasons. It makes the ride so much more fun, and I can even catch up on work while commuting!
This sounds like the way to travel! Love your pink luggage