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AMTRAK
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Amtrak’s stunning
Company on the left, as well as
Empire Builder route
Museum. the glass domes of the Mitchell
Erie is Pennsylvania’s only Park Horticultural Conservatory.
major Great Lakes port and Continue on through Columbus
THE AMTRAK WAY
is known as the ‘Gem City’ (with the landmark steeple of
because of its sparkling bay the Zion Evangelical Lutheran
(although the name comes Church) and you reach
from a tribe of fi erce Native Wisconsin Dells, with its
Americans, the Eriez). After 11 glorious red sandstone canyon.
hours, the Lake Shore Limited Tomah is the gateway to
fi nally exits the Great Lakes Wisconsin’s Cranberry Country,
states for Buffalo-Depew, a with rugged limestone bluffs,
city just across the Niagara River which soon gives way to soft,
from Canada and famous for tree-covered mountains as you
manufacturing steel, chemicals reach the town of La Crosse,
and auto parts before heading where the Black, La Crosse and
east to either New York or Mississippi Rivers meet. This
Boston, via Albany-Rensselear. marks the start of a 140-mile
stretch following the wide, quiet
EMPIRE BUILDER and scenic Mississippi valley, via
Travelling daily between Chicago majestic wilderness territory, west into Wisconsin via modern, the towns of Winona and Red
and the Pacifi c north-west along following in the footsteps of the suburban Glenview, with the Wing.
major portions of the historic early pioneers. The full journey view punctuated by older farms Finally, with darkness fallen
Lewis-Clark trail, Amtrak’s to Seattle takes 46 hours, but the and industrial complexes. and the glowing city skyline
Empire Builder provides the section to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Next stop is Milwaukee, the of Minneapolis-Saint Paul
perfect way to experience is a more manageable 8¼ hours. Brewing City made famous by looming into view, it is time to
the rugged splendour of the From Chicago, there are its German immigrants, with leave the Amtrak behind and let
American west. Its exciting magnifi cent views of the mighty the big baseball stadium on the it continue on its much longer
passage passes through some Mississippi as you head north- right and the Miller Brewing voyage to the Pacifi c.
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