Going somewhere this fall? Before you book a plane ticket, consider this an alternate route via train for maximum autumnal vibes. To sweeten the fall foliage deal, Amtrak is bringing back its "Great Dome" car on two popular routes this season.
What's the "Great Dome" car?
According to Amtrak's website, the vintage car — built in 1955 — "offers a rare and unique fall travel experience." They say,
The dome is open to all passengers on a first come, first served basis on select departures. The dome car features an upper level with windows on all sides and overhead to provide the passengers with panoramic views of magnificent scenery.
Since the dome is open to everyone, Amtrak encourages passengers "to rotate in and out of the Dome Car to allow all passengers the ability to enjoy this unique experience." Don't worry though, you can take as long as you need to snap the perfect 'gram of the leaves changing.
Where can I hop on?
The vintage experience is available on the Downeaster train as well as the Adirondack train.
The Downeaster route travels through New England, stopping in Brunswick, ME, Portland, ME, and Boston, MA. Amtrak's historic car will be on the Downeaster until Sept. 24, Travel + Leisure reports — and no, it doesn't cost extra to check out.
Like in years past, the "Dome Car" will join the Adirondack train after its stint with the Downeaster. The Adirondack route journeys from New York City up to New York's capital, Albany, and into Québec's largest city, Montreal.
Many social media users have already shared snaps from inside the super cool dome, and I'll go ahead and say it: It looks magical.
From the old school leather seats to the panoramic views of nature, the unique experience is sure to be relaxing and way more scenic than a commercial flight. All the more reason to book a ticket ASAP, if you ask me.