This previous Christmas my hubby and I took our kids on a ski getaway. However instead of drive through the snow and ice to someplace close or brave the airport to go someplace further away, we decided to take book an over night train journey on Amtrak's Empire Contractor from Seattle, WA to Whitefish, MT. The snowboarding was fantastic however I believe that the train journey to and from Whitefish was the very best part for the kids.
|Rather than drive through the snow and ice to someplace close or brave the airport to go someplace further away, we selected to take book an over night train journey on Amtrak's Empire Contractor from Seattle, WA to Whitefish, MT. The snowboarding was terrific however I believe that the train journey to and from Whitefish was the finest part for the kids.
The ticketing and luggage check-in experience for Amtrak is incredibly easy and simple. No lines, no security inconveniences, no issues. You might actually show up minutes prior to your train leaves the station.
While on board we experienced a few of the nation's most interesting and vibrant sights: the Waterfall Mountains. It didn't take us long to obtain into the mountains were we might delight in gorgeous snow-capped vistas. And we didn't need to own in the snow or strap chains on the tires.
We prohibited portable DVD gamers, Nintendo DS, and iPods from the journey and rather preferred the panoramas from the train, books, card video games, parlor game, and great old made discussion. And our 10 years old had a lot enjoyable that she didn't suffer any innovation withdrawal signs. And our 2 and a half years of age was so ecstatic to be on a genuine train (like Thomas the Tank Engine) he was virtually next to himself. Films, video games, and so on remained in offered in the Lounge Vehicle however we decided to silently unwind on our own.
The kids liked the train tunnels! A mile-long tunnel under downtown Seattle leads out from King Street Station. And in the future throughout the journey you go through the 7.79 mile Waterfall Tunnel, tired under Stevens Pass.
The journey from Seattle to Whitefish is a bit more than 13 hours. And since departure remains in the late afternoon or night much of the journey is invested sleeping. We scheduled a family-sized (sleeps 4) space on the Sleeping Automobile. A friendly, typically dressed conductor came over to smile and punch our tickets. The kids believed he appeared like the Tom Hanks character for The Polar Express. And a couple of minutes later on the attendant shown up with champagne for the grownups and gleaming cider for the kids.
Seating on the train is incredibly comfy as compared with airline company seating. There is great deals of leg space, space for your carry-on luggage, you can schedule a space with your very own bathroom, and you can move as much as you like.
After unwinding for a number of hours we continued to the dining vehicle (supper consisted of in the fare for sleeper vehicle clients) where we beinged in a big, comfy cubicle with a white table fabric and candle lights. The food is not first-rate; however, the meal was far better than your common reheated airline company supper.
Later on when we showed up back at our space on the sleeping vehicle the seats had actually currently been transformed into bunk beds for us by the attendant. The kids LIKED sleeping on the train. And obviously, they liked that the space had bunk beds. I need to state that I didn't sleep in addition to I would have in my own bed or in a hotel space however there is something oddly relaxing about the rocking movement of the train.
Wake-up calls are offered and the attendant will bring the early morning paper. The following early morning we woke up in the nick of time for a hot breakfast in the dining vehicle prior to rolling into Whitefish.
The kids liked the journey a lot that we have actually been searching the map searching for other destination that we can reach by train.
| We prohibited portable DVD gamers, Nintendo DS, and iPods from the journey and rather preferred the beautiful views from the train, books, card video games, board video games, and great old made discussion. The kids liked the train tunnels! The kids LIKED sleeping on the train.