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New York - Charlottesville - Charleston - Cincinnati- Indianapolis -Chicago

The Cardinal service by Amtrak offers a scenic journey between New York City and Chicago, passing through picturesque landscapes and historic towns. Experience the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, cross the Ohio River, and marvel at the grandeur of the New River Gorge.

Relax in comfortable seating or private sleeping accommodations and savor the amenities offered onboard, such as a dining car serving delicious meals and a lounge where you can socialize and take in the breathtaking views. With the Cardinal service, Amtrak provides an unforgettable travel experience that combines the charm of train travel with the beauty of the American heartland.

28 hours

Trip Time

1,146 mi (1,844 km)

Trip Length

Three Weekly


Route Highlights

New York City, New York: Starting in the city that never sleeps, the Cardinal departs from Penn Station. Before departure, passengers can explore world-famous attractions like Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty.

Hudson River and Palisades: As the train leaves New York, it runs alongside the majestic Hudson River, offering views of the towering Palisades and, in the distance, the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Passengers can explore the City of Brotherly Love and its iconic landmarks, such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Baltimore, Maryland: Home to the historic Inner Harbor, Baltimore offers attractions like the National Aquarium and Camden Yards, the birthplace of Babe Ruth.

Washington, D.C.: In D.C., enjoy landmarks like the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, and monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial.

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia: The train winds through the breathtaking Shenandoah Valley, known for its lush landscapes, charming small towns, and the Shenandoah River.

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia: A stop at White Sulphur Springs provides access to the famous Greenbrier Resort, a luxurious destination with a fascinating Cold War bunker history.

New River Gorge, West Virginia: The Cardinal offers unparalleled views of the New River Gorge, with its deep canyons, whitewater rapids, and the iconic New River Gorge Bridge.

Charleston, West Virginia: Explore the state capital's history and culture, including the Gold Dome of the West Virginia State Capitol.

Cincinnati, Ohio: Known as the Queen City, Cincinnati offers a rich cultural scene, including museums, parks, and the Findlay Market.

Indianapolis, Indiana: The Hoosier State's capital offers attractions such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500, and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Chicago, Illinois: Concluding in Chicago, passengers can immerse themselves in the city's offerings, including Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, and deep-dish pizza.


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