Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Adirondack Train to Montreal

From New York City, the Adirondack train to Montréal takes about 11 hours. It's not a quick journey, but it's a pretty one! I've always envisioned the Hudson Valley just as Albert Bierstadt painted it, or Thomas Cole. It lives up to those expectations. The train weaves around lakes and follows along the river, goes straight through the Adirondack Mountains. If you can be awake during the sunset or sunrise, it's going to be worth it.

The train speeds by pretty quick so it's not great for photography unfortunately. There was a group of chattering girls who giggled and so on for hours. Everyone on the train was rolling eyes in unison. It was really funny actually. Finally, a train operator (on what I have to assume was his break) got up from his meal to walk over and gently ask them to please shut up. Haha! Good stuff.

The seats aren't particularly comfortable and you only get wifi in the dining cars. We spent a majority of the trip in the dining car watching TV shows on a phone - as you can imagine. It wasn't crowded though so we each were able to stretch out on our own personal bench.

I highly recommend the trip. Not as fast as flying, but no airport hassle and beautiful views.