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Amtrak City of New Orleans
Trip Highlights - Train #58 & #59
From Amtrak's 1996 Travel Planner
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THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS is Amtrak's festival on wheels!

Must be something about the places it can take you: the raucous Dixieland and Zydeco clubs of New Orleans... Memphis, Tennessee, the home of Beale Street blues and Sun Records... Chicago's cool jazz scene and hot new comedy clubs. There's also the Great American Pyramid and Festival Island just north of Memphis (you'll see them from the train).

Then, of course, there's the City of New Orleans train itself: spacious, bi-level Superliner cars with First Class sleeping accommodations, comfortable Coach seating and a Sightseer Lounge with panoramic windows for sweeping views of the mighty Mississippi -- and first-run movies at night.

And in keeping with its character, the City of New Orleans' Dining Car features genuine Cajun cookin', with menus developed by four-star restaurants and cooked for you by Amtrak's specially-trained chefs.

So, if it's fun you're looking for, head for the City of New Orleans.

  • Visit the Old South in a brand new Superliner complete with all the amenities.
  • Look for the capitol's gold dome as you ride through Jackson, Mississippi. You'll want to visit the Governor's Mansion, the Dizzy Dean Museum and the Mississippi Petrified Forests, too.
  • Twenty-eight stately oak trees over two centuries old line the entrance to the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. This picturesque sugar plantation is representative of the state's Creole era.
  • Memphis, Tennessee, is not only the birthplace of the blues, it's the home to the "King." Be sure to stop at Graceland, as well as the spectacular Great American Pyramid near Festival Island.
  • Blow over to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, where the music never stops. After you've finished with the clubs, stop at Cafe du Monde for coffee and beignets -- anytime of the day or night!

    Scenic Highlights:
  • Watching the Chicago skyline fade from view as you pick up speed heading south.
  • crossing the mighty Ohio River in Cairo (that's kay-roe), Illinois
  • spectacular views of the Great American Pyramid and Festival Island north of Memphis, Tennessee
  • and be sure to look for Memphis' Beale Street when you pull into town.
  • South of Memphis, you ride along imposing Mississippi River bluffs overlooking the father of waters
  • glide through vast groves of pecan trees in the Mississippi Delta country
  • catch a view of the Mississippi state capital in Jackson
  • then sweep around the shores of Lake Pontchartrain into New Orleans

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