My wife and I take the train to Chicago every couple of years.  It’s a three hour trip from Grand Rapids that affords beautiful views of Lake Michigan.  Train travel is one of my favorite methods of getting from point A to point B.  I like it because train routes tend to bypass major highways and thoroughfares.  They more often wander through open wilderness.  They stop in towns in the midsection of the country that most road trips skip.  You can hop on a lumbering Amtrak train in a big city like New York or Boston, jump off in the middle of Glacier National Park in Montana, and after a few days of camping continue on to the Pacific Coast.  Trains cheer me up.

Chicago Birds

Chicago 2

Chicago 4

Chicago 3

Chicago 8

Chicago 9

I invite you to read about a train trip I took from Boston to Seattle and back a number of years ago:

Amtrak: Everyone’s Here (Boston to Seattle by Rail)

Boston to Seattle by Rail: Somewhere in North Dakota

Boston to Seattle by Rail: Minneapolis–City Within a City

About atomsofthought
Photographer. Traveler. Writer. Reader.

12 Responses to Chicago

  1. sbromleyky says:

    I do miss Chicago. Need to get there sometime this year!

  2. Amy says:

    Remarkable captures of these architecture!

  3. artfulbarb says:

    My dad and mom took us to Chicago every year and it was always magic. The Art Institute, baseball stadiums, museums, and dinner with a family of seven were such memorable pieces of my childhood – lucky girl. My parents also insisted on a train ride to New Orleans so all five of their children could experience the joys of a cross country trip on a train……before such things ended!? How incredible that you have come to enjoy so many things your mom did! 🙂

  4. jilldutton says:

    Lovely photos! When I traveled from KC to New Orleans (via Chicago) by train, I enjoyed the five-hour layover and explored this amazing city.

    • My experience was similar taking Amtrak from Boston to Seattle. I had a ten hour layover in Chicago. It was one of the highlights of the trip. Thank you for visiting and linking to my post!

  5. Pingback: Chicago – Trippin' the USA by Rail

  6. The train is amazing! Does Chicago boast any Blues Brothers tours?

  7. lifeintrips says:

    Chicago looks stunning…

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