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Empire Service


New York - Albany - Syracuse - Rochester - Buffalo - Niagara Falls

The Empire Service from New York City to the breathtaking wonder of Niagara Falls provides a convient and relaxing connection to upstate New York. Departing from New York's Penn Station, the Empire Service takes you on a picturesque ride along the Hudson River Valley, offering stunning views of lush landscapes and charming towns. As you journey north, you'll pass through historic cities like Albany, the capital of New York State, and Syracuse, known for its rich cultural heritage and famous university. The highlight of this route is, of course, the grand finale – Niagara Falls. Prepare to be mesmerized by the thundering roar and captivating beauty of one of the world's most famous natural wonders.

9 hours

Trip Time

460 mi (740 km)

Trip Length

Multiple Daily


Route Highlights

New York City, New York: Starting in the vibrant city that never sleeps, passengers can explore the iconic sites of Manhattan, such as Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty before embarking on the journey.

Hudson River: As the train leaves New York City, it hugs the Hudson River's eastern bank, offering stunning views of the Palisades, George Washington Bridge, and the river's serene beauty, an ever-changing spectacle of nature throughout the seasons.

Yonkers, New York: This historic city, situated along the Hudson River, offers glimpses of its revitalized waterfront district. The nearby Untermyer Gardens is an urban oasis of garden artistry.

Croton-on-Hudson, New York: The picturesque views of Croton Point Park and the Hudson Highlands add a touch of tranquility to the journey. In the fall, the foliage along this stretch is simply breathtaking.

Bear Mountain Bridge: This suspension bridge is an engineering marvel that connects Rockland and Westchester counties. It offers a unique view of Bear Mountain State Park, a beloved recreational area.

West Point, New York: The train offers distant views of the United States Military Academy at West Point, an iconic institution nestled amid the Hudson Valley's scenic landscape.

Poughkeepsie, New York: Known for the Walkway Over the Hudson, the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge, Poughkeepsie is a blend of culture, history, and natural beauty.

Hudson, New York: This charming city is known for its thriving arts scene and antique shops. The eclectic mix of 19th-century architecture and modern art galleries is visually appealing.

Albany-Rensselaer, New York: The capital city is home to impressive historic sites like the New York State Capitol and Empire State Plaza. The Albany skyline and Hudson River waterfront provide a vibrant cityscape.

Schenectady, New York: Steeped in industrial history, Schenectady offers a mix of old and new, with historic Stockade District and a revitalized downtown. The Mohawk River adds to the city's charm.

Utica, New York: The iconic Utica Union Station, with its grand Beaux-Arts architecture, is a notable landmark. Utica offers a rich blend of cultural heritage and natural attractions like the nearby Adirondack Park.

Syracuse, New York: Known for its educational institutions, Syracuse is home to the Erie Canal Museum, preserving the history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the state's development.

Rochester, New York: Rochester is renowned for its innovation and arts. Explore the George Eastman Museum or the Strong National Museum of Play, a fun-filled destination for families.

Buffalo, New York: A city of industrial grit and artistic flair, Buffalo is home to architectural masterpieces like Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House. The revitalized waterfront is a highlight.

Niagara Falls, New York: The journey concludes with the awe-inspiring natural wonder of Niagara Falls. Explore the falls up close, visit the Cave of the Winds, or take a boat tour on the Maid of the Mist.


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