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Lake Shore Limited Experience-Chicago to New York

4 days From $704 per person
3.0 stars(4 reviews)

Board the Lake Shore Limited and discover the famous museums, beautiful scenery, and popular sights of Chicago and New York on this 4-day rail-journey.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: TU-LSLE-24

About the tour

Enjoy the ride from one world-class city to another as you journey through rocky cliffs and historic landmarks, following the flow of the Hudson River. Your Lake Shore Limited Experience includes two hotel night accommodations, one in Chicago and one in New York as well as one night aboard the Lake Shore Limited. Consider upgrading to a Viewliner roomette or bedroom, which includes all meals aboard the train.

This vacation is also available from New York City to Chicago based on your travel preference.


What’s included


Day 1 - Overnight in Chicago

Start out in the fabulous Windy City and spend the night in one of Chicago's legendary hotels. Enjoy a complimentary pass on Chicago's Hop On/Hop-Off Bus and visit many of the city's great shopping, dining and attractions on your own. Don't miss Millennium Park and Chicago's newest landmark, affectionately known as "The Bean." Treat yourself to deep-dish pizza or dinner at a well-known steakhouse or Italian restaurant. In the evening, Chicago's great nightlife on Rush Street beckons. Overnight Chicago.

Day 2 - Board the Lake Shore Limited

Enjoy more of Chicago today before your evening departure. Walk down the Magnificent Mile and take an architecture tour along the Chicago River. Spend some time in Chicago's many world famous museums like the Art Institute and Field Museum. Head to Union Station and board the Lake Shore Limited for your 9 p.m. departure.* Get comfortable in your reclining seat with leg rest. Read, listen to music or chat with your fellow travelers. Overnight train.

* Sleeper car passengers are invited to enjoy early boarding and a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 PM when available.

Day 3 - Enroute to New York

Wake up this morning near Buffalo, New York and watch for some historic points of interest, such as Bannerman's Castle, West Point Academy and FDR's National Historic Site. Travel 130 spectacular miles along the Hudson River, also known as "America's Rhine" for its natural beauty. Pass by Albany, the NY state capitol, with the Catskill Mountains looming in the background. Arrive in bustling New York, NY early this evening and check in to your hotel. Then, get ready for a night on the town. Catch a Broadway play, see what's happening at Madison Square Garden or take a carriage ride through Central Park. Enjoy dinner at an ethnic restaurant and don't miss Times Square, all lit up at night. Overnight New York City.

Day 4 -The tour ends

The day is yours to explore more of New York City. Head to the observatory of the famous Empire State Building or Liberty Island to see The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Walk along Fifth Avenue. Visit the United Nations building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and pay tribute at Ground Zero. Make your way home via rail or air from one of New York's three airports.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom.

Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest.

Roomette accommodations include a private cabin that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts to an upper and lower berth at night.

Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower.

Upgrades to Roomette and Bedroom sleeping accommodations are available for an additional fee and include all meals aboard the train. New contemporary and fresh dining choices replace traditional dining car service. You may elect to have your chilled prepared meal selection delivered to your Roomette or Bedroom or enjoy your meals in a private cafe or lounge car. Sleeping car passengers also enjoy unlimited soft beverages as well as a complimentary serving of beer, wine or a mixed drink.

Please note

Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Lake Shore Limited Trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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4 stars

Submitted 03 Jun 2023

The staff was great. James was welcoming and informative. However the food wasn’t good so be sure to pack something to eat. (Coffee available and good.)

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2 stars

Submitted 26 Oct 2022

Sorry this went to spam, just saw it. It was not good. Porter wasn't very nice, bathrooms were disgusting on coach car, refrigeration went out which contaminated food, no meals like package said, pizza brought in at one stop, one meal was even on us at the train depot, and no scenic views due to not being able to sit in the dining car because it was contaminated BUT STAFF could sit there. Train cars were outdated and we got wet going from car to car due to rain. Hotel reservation was a 3rd party booking which made it hard to find our reservation. One was in my name but the other hotel was in my friends name. Very confusing. To many things went wrong on this trip that I will probably never go again. I do have two photos that I couldn't attached. I can email them if you have an email address.

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3 stars

Submitted 05 Oct 2022

First we met our porter and he was rude and continued throughout the trip. He did apologize as we were leaving the train in New York. Several bathrooms in the coach cars were nasty. They should be cleaned at least once during this trip. The refrigeration in the dining car broke so we did not receive the meals we paid for. Breakfast - sent to cafe car for a muffin and breakfast sandwich. Lunch - pizza was brought in. Dinner - On our own in Albany. Not much there to chose from. We also wanted to sit in the dinning car so we could view the scenery but was told we could not sit there (very rudely). Although, the Amtrak staff could sit there. Since there was not a viewing car on this trip and was told we could not sit in the cafe car, we had to stay in our little roomette the entire time. We missed seeing West Point and all the other landmarks. * Sleeper car passengers are invited to enjoy early boarding and a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 PM when available. We were never notified if this was or was not available to us. Tried to contact Vacations by Rail on Sunday. No one got back to us until Monday, which didn't matter because they did not know. We did find the lounge at the Chicago train station that we could relax in before boarding. We also did not get to board early. The Lake Shore Limited sleeper and dining cars are very old. They need a lot of updating or new cars. They are clean, but could use some updating. Learned a lot on our first Amtrak overnight trip. Will not be doing this again. This type of traveling is not for me. Gwen Freeman from Vacations by Rail did a good job with our reservations and communication. The only issue we had was checking into both hotels. Took time for them to find our reservations. The Chicago reservation was in my friends' name and the New York reservation was in mine. Would have been nice for them both to be in one name. We were told by the New York (Edison) hotel that if the reservation would have been made directly with them and not through a third party, it would have been a faster and easier check in.

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3 stars

Submitted 31 Jul 2022

Train experience exceptional, but package logistics terrible.

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