The American landscape's absolute grandeur is brought to life
state after state aboard the legendary Southwest Chief. One of
Amtrak's beloved overnight expeditions, this train offers panoramic
views of the country, from the heart of the Midwest, through the
colorful Southwest, and amidst the Old West's arid landscapes, its
route from Chicago to Los Angeles. In all, the Southwest Chief
covers 2,265 miles, following portions of the historic Santa Fe
Trail, meandering through the wholesome farmlands of America's
Heartland, and passing the Red Rocks of New Mexico during its 2-day
journey across the country.
Passengers that follow railway history may recognize the Southwest Chief's route as that of the former Sante Fe Super Chief that operated from 1936 until 1971 when Amtrak took over the passenger lines in the United States. The Sante Fe Super Chief was the cream of the rail travel crop in its time, offering a luxurious onboard experience and catering to a host of celebrity clientele. Its route further complemented the journey, offering some of the most stunning surroundings in North America as the train traveled between Chicago and Los Angeles. Today, this legacy continues with Amtrak, with the Southwest Chief's passengers enjoying comfortable onboard accommodations, wonderful meals in the Dining Car, and unparalleled views from the train's Sightseer Lounge Car.
In the double-decker lounge/café, guests have two options to gain a new perspective on the incredible route. The café boasts a full menu of hot and cold snacks and meals on the lower level. Guests may also purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Comfortable booths sit aside large windows, so none of the highlights go unseen while travelers are snacking.