Amtrak Honeymoon Giveaway!

When I first starting talking to Amtrak about sponsoring the book tour, I pointed out to them that I thought Honeymooning via Amtrak was perhaps the best idea on the planet. Now that I’ve listened to a history tour through the Sierras, crossed the Rockies in a snowstorm, watched the snowy fields of Iowa fly by while drinking coffee in my heated compartment, slept in the cozy Amtrak double beds, had lunch delivered to my room, and waved to Southerners on their porches while the train chugged by, I think it’s an even better idea.

Seriously. I think Honeymoons are built for one particular thing: blissing out with your partner while you stare at your new rings, cuddle up, and nap. And it turns out, there is no form of transportation better built for that than a sleeping car on a train.

Plus, for those of you trying to make your weddings as green as possible, not only is train travel pretty darn green, Amtrak is dedicated to keeping things environmentally friendly. Most of what you use in Amtrak sleepers isn’t even disposable (hello, cloth towels), but to add to that, I’ve seen so many compostable Amtrak cups that I love them more every day.

That, and trains take you interesting places. Like, say, New Orleans. Or exploring the West Coast.

So! I’m super excited to announce that APW is giving away a honeymoon via Amtrak! Hooray! (Now, while this is technically a honeymoon giveaway, according to the terms and conditions, anyone can enter, so you could use this for a mini-moon trip together if you’re already married.) But seriously, you didn’t think I was going to have Amtrak sponsor the APW Book Tour, and write about how much fun I was having traveling by sleeper car all over the country, without having a big giveaway for you guys, did you? Of course not.

Here are the details of what Amtrak is offering for the Honeymoon Giveaway:

A round trip for two in a “Roomette” to any destination served by Amtrak’s Coast Starlight or a round trip for two to any destination served by Amtrak’s City of New Orleans. The trip is valid for travel until December 31, 2013, subject to blackouts and other restrictions that may apply. The winner has the option to upgrade to a bedroom upon payment of accommodation charges, subject to availability.

Amtrak and APW picked these train lines as the options because they are particularly good ones. The City Of New Orleans line goes from Chicago to New Orleans (Maddie and I explored New Orleans for you this weekend… check back this afternoon for details) with a stop along the way in Memphis. The Amtrak Coast Starlight runs between Seattle and Los Angeles, and goes along some of the most beautiful track in the United States, including over the sand on beaches that are unreachable by road. No matter which line you pick, it’s going to be an amazing trip for whoever wins. And may I suggest that you spend your dollars on a bedroom? For a honeymoon, it’s the only way to go.

HOW TO ENTER (You may enter each way one time.)
1. Leave a comment in the comment section of this post.
2. Post a link on Twitter to this contest page and include the hashtag #APWamtrakhoneymoon

The contest begins 4:30 AM PST 2/8/12 and ends 11:59 PM PST 2/14/12, when I will close comments. I’ll announce the winner the following week.

Important details: You have to be 21 to enter and a resident of the United States. Please read the Official Contest Rules before you enter.

I’m so grateful to all of you for making the APW Book fly and for supporting me during this long, intense, and wonderful month of traveling around the country on book tour. This giveaway is just a token of how grateful I really am. Now let’s get cracking! And tune in this afternoon for a serious chat about New Orleans and how I think you should go there (probably by train).

**This post was made possible by Amtrak, who is sponsoring the book tour, and this giveaway. Thank you Amtrak!**

Picture: One of my favorite views of my trip, in the Sierras. Personal for A Practical Wedding.

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1,245 thoughts on “Amtrak Honeymoon Giveaway!

  1. Resident of the US, damn! Maybe I should enter on behalf of the Boy, ha.

    Excellent contest for all the lucky Americans!

    1. Haha, I had the same reaction. I was so excited until I got to the must be a resident of the United States part. Oh well, whoever wins is going to have a blast! Please report back for APW!

    2. Ha, I had exactly the same thought. Lucky Americans!
      Also, I couldn’t believe this post had 500 comments until I realised you have to comment to win :)

    3. Here I was thinking I could enter on behalf of my parents, who are off to the states in about 8 weeks and currently have flights booked from Seattle to LA.
      Oh well.
      Best of luck to everyone who is eligible to enter :)

  2. This sounds amazing! Our wedding was last year, but we haven’t gotten to travel much since then – plus despite having family in California and in the Seattle area, we’ve never traveled along the coast!

  3. This would be an amazing honeymoon! I’ve actually just started looking at Amtrak trips (as a result of Meg’s experience) too.

  4. This is amazing!!!! Thanks, Meg and Amtrak for making it possible!!!! I would love to put my name in the hat. Yours and Maddie’s posts on train travel have been making me salivate for some train adventures. Happy Wednesday indeed!

  5. My fiance and I were actually just talking about taking a train to see America for our honeymoon. (We’re Canadian, but have much love for our southern brothers and sisters)


  6. This would be a mini-moon for my husband and I but HOT DAMN I’d love to win!! We’ve always wanted to do a West Coast road trip but a train trip sounds even better! Long-time reader here, since March 2009! Love your work, Meg!

  7. This is so exciting!!! We’ve just started researching honeymoons & New Orleans was on our short list … this would be a dream!

  8. I’ve been training my way around India lately, but this would be an awesome upgrade when I get back! I would love to introduce the guy to train travel.

  9. I would love to enter! My fiancee and I met on an Amtrak train (at the New Haven Station in CT) more than 10 years ago. We then had a long distance relationship shuttled by Amtrak for years (I was in New York and Boston, he was in Philly). I haven’t been on Amtrak since, but this series inspired us to start planning an Amtrak honeymoon.

    I’m speaking at a conference in San Diego this June and my fiancee and I were talking about flying him out to meet me in LA (which is only about an hour train ride from San Diego) when I finished and then riding the Coast Starlight up the California coast. We have friends spread throughout California that we never see (because if you fly to CA somehow you should see all your friends from LA to San Fran – and we just can’t afford that). and then using the sleeper car for a honeymoon up into northern California and the wine country. (I also LOVE Seattle so I might be able to convince him to cap that on if we were to win) This would be a perfect way to share our joy with friends and family that can’t make the East Coast wedding and be able to have a honeymoon too!

  10. I LOVE train travel and my fiance has never traveled by train before so this is perfect for us! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  11. Oh this is a great idea — I love travelling by train. And since my childhood love for Arlo Guthrie I’ve always wanted to ride on the City of New Orleans.

  12. Our honeymoon was originally a 3-week cross country train trip that sounded just amazing, but we wound up cutting it down to a week that involved no train travel because of a lack of vacation time. I would love to win this – traveling on the Coast Starlight has long been a fantasy vacation of mine.

  13. Wow, Meg, this is so awesome! I’ve been loving reading about your trip so much, and actually mentioned it to my husband that we should think about taking a cross-country Amtrak trip this summer. We got married a few months ago, but have been waiting on our honeymoon till everything’s paid off, and I would love love love to take the Starlight Coast trip. What a great giveaway!

  14. My new husband and I have been talking about taking a train trip somewhere recently, this would be so wonderful! New Orleans is definitely one place I’m dying to go…have you been reading my mind!?

  15. This is so funny, I had actually already started looking into Amtrak for a honeymoon! It would be so phenomenal if we won!

  16. Pick me! This sounds incredible. We’ve been looking for a cheap honeymoon option since we’re both poor students.

  17. How fun! My husband loves naps and I love going places…a train trip sounds like the best of both worlds! We’ve been married about a year, but only managed to fit in a few days of downtime after the wedding.

  18. Oooh, this sounds awesome! My husband and I just celebrated our one month anniversary yesterday, but we weren’t able to take a honeymoon (I was teaching class two days after the wedding). We’d like to do something this spring or summer, but we haven’t decided what yet. Both these options sound amazing!

  19. Oh man, this would be awesome. I’ve never been to New Orleans and would love to visit! Glad you’re still letting us married folks enter–hooray for mini-moons! :)

  20. I grew up taking Amtrak from Albany to Buffalo but I’ve never experienced such delights as “roommettes” or sleeping cars. You made it sound amazing, Meg! And I’m so glad Amtrak is offering the chance to those who might not be able to afford it.

  21. Our wedding’s in September — what a perfect time of year to travel by train! We drove cross-country a few years ago, hauling all our worldly possessions … how much nicer to see the country from a train’s window seat!

  22. I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Our wedding is in Chicago so I think hopping on the Amtrak and heading to NOLA sounds fantastic! New Orleans is definitely on my travel list! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  23. Chicago and New Orleans are hands-down, two of my favorite cities. I would LOVE the chance to have a relaxing trip between them. I’ve loved your Amtrak posts – I think this should become an annual Meg vacation :)

  24. What a great idea! I love the train. I’m taking the Southwest Chief from Kansas City to Chicago tomorrow, one of my favorite trips!

  25. How wonderful!!! The boy and I are getting married in September and a train-ride down the West coast sounds just so lovely and romantic – a fine way to top-off an already happy and amazing event in our lives.

  26. Would love to travel along the West Coast (literally!) via train. We’ll be having either a late 2012/2013 wedding and this would be a perfect honeymoon getaway!

  27. I love this! We’re playing around with honeymoon ideas and a Pacific Coast road trip was near the top of our list. A honeymoon train trip? Yes please!

  28. Grander than cake! We’re getting married in July…and were dreaming of West Coast adventure…Fingers crossed!!!

  29. Before we were married, my husband and I went from Minneapolis to Glacier National Park. I loved the community that emerges on an Amtrak train. I could easily slip into a conversation with just about anyone, or even a join a card game. We loved the train, and we talk all the time about going again.

  30. Count me in! I’ve been Jonesing to take a train trip with my Sweetie ever since we rode the (all too short but GORGEOUS) Whistler train from Vancouver to Whistler, BC last year!

  31. Amazing giveaway! this whole time, I’ve been reading the posts and looking at the pictures from the Amtrak and talking to my wife about how fun it would be to do this kind of trip!

  32. What a fantastic giveaway! I’ve never traveled via Amtrak, even though we have a station here in Cleveland. but all your book tour posts have convinced me that I need to try it out! *fingers crossed*

  33. Since we paid for the wedding ourselves we did not take (could not afford) a real honeymoon, just drove to Charlottesville for a few days in the woods. We’ve been talking about a first-anniversary trip and this would be perfect. Thanks, Amtrak!

  34. This is awesome! My fiance and I are in the process of moving to the LA area from CT and would love to explore our new home via Amtrak!

  35. This. is. awesome. Coming out of lurkerville for this one because the combination of trains and honeymoon? Beyond great.

  36. Oh, Chicago is one of my favorite cities and I have always wanted to see New Orleans. Yay for trains and Yay for Amtrak! Good luck everyone!

  37. Count me in!! Thanks, Meg! I’ve wanted to travel in a train ever since the Boxcar children growing up – and you’re posts have re-sparked that desire! A honeymoon through New Orleans in sleeper cars and jazz? Yes, please! Yay Amtrak!

  38. I’m getting married on May 19th and would LOVE an Amtrak honeymoon! I once ride the train from Atlanta to D.C. and adored the whole experience.

  39. Wow! This would be so wonderful. My husband and I got married in 2010, and then I started grad school right after – hence no honeymoon for us. I’ve also never been able to do the Amtrak sleeper car, which I think would be lots of fun! Thanks for setting up the giveaway Meg!

  40. I love Amtrak and would love to win a trip, especially because my fiance and I haven’t made our honeymoon plans yet (and don’t have a plethora of funds to spend!).

  41. I am a long time train history buff getting married in late May. We have had to cut the honeymoon out of our budget, but would love to have the chance to take this trip! Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  42. Ahhhhh we were JUST talking about maybe taking a train trip for spring break! And to New Orleans nonetheless!! This would be PERFECT beyond belief. I LOVE trains!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. This would be so amazing! We are already married, but would love to celebrate our anniversary on the train!!

  44. Oh, how amazing!

    We were married two summers ago, and spent our “honeymoon” at home … planning a trip for our anniversary. Of course life got in the way, so we’re still waiting to take it! This would be WONDERFUL. =)

  45. I love Amtrak! When we were long-distance dating, we took turns riding Amtrak to see each other between Chicago and Champaign, IL. We are married now but I still think Amtrak is romantic.

  46. Are we eligible if we’re not in the US currently but are moving there in a few months from now?

    I would so love to give my husband-to-be (who grew up in a tiny tiny country) an experience that makes you feel the vastness of the country!

  47. This trip combines three things that sound about as awesome as it can get: a sleeping cart on a train, a trip to New Orleans (I have ALWAYS wanted to visit this city) and time spent with my love. Thinking about it makes me sigh from way down deep :)

  48. Please consider this my entry. I’m riding on Amtrak for the first time in 10 days and I look forward to learning about more of their trip options.

  49. Aah!!! All this Amtrak talk has been making me so jealous, I have never been on a train!

    I would LOVE to take this trip with my husband!

  50. AHH!!! I’m so happy that Amtrak sponsored your tour! I’ve been re-investigating them since because I love to support business that support “my people.” So wonderful! We’ve been wanting to take a trip to Memphis for so long and a train trip would be perfect.

  51. Sign me up!! We are both poor students (and living on only one income (not by choice)) so things are tight tight tight. This would be a wonderful mini-moon and probably the only vacation we’ll be able to take for a long time!

  52. We always dream of taking the train, but always end up on buses instead- and we would love to get to take a ‘real’ honey moon. :)

  53. Oh I would love to win this! I used to take Amtrak from Chicago to Detroit all the time when I was in school and always enjoyed it. Hubster and I got married last summer, but only had time for a short weekend trip after the wedding. We’ve been wanting to go on a bigger trip for our anniversary but aren’t sure we can afford it….this would be perfect!

  54. The New Orleans – Chicago line sounds awesome! You have definitely done great advertising for Amtrak. Im thinking of researching a trip anyway!

  55. This sounds pretty epic!!!! I love trains, seriously, with a degree in history out here in Idaho trains I find to be one of mans most wonderful inventions! :):):) Hope I win!!!

  56. This would be amazing! We’ve been talking about exploring the US, and I’ve been in awe of Meg’s travel adventures here. I am on Amtrak’s website now, already imagining the adventures we could have :)

  57. Getting married in less than 6 weeks (!!!!) but we are holding off on the honeymoon until this summer. My fiance loves trains and begs me everytime we travel to take Amtrak. We would love to spend our honeymoon traveling by train. What an amazing opportinity!

  58. Oh my gosh! I’ve been LUSTING after all your amazing train stories. I would love, love, love to get to take a trip with my wife! We had a mini-honeymoon after we got married, but have been planning on taking a longer trip, and this would be perfect!

  59. Travelling by train sounds wonderful. New Orleans is maybe my favorite US city I’ve visited, but the West Coast sounds amazing!

  60. This sounds amazing! My fiance and I are still in the midst of planning our honeymoon and so this would be fantastic!

  61. YAY!!! What an awesome honeymoon!! Hands down dream way to travel, fingers crossed and post-its placed. :)

  62. Wow, a honeymoon by Amtrak! We have planned to take our “offical” honeymoon sailing our boat up to Prince Edward Island, but have always dreamed of seeing the west coast. And by train!? What better way to do it! We got married in October (after lots of guidance from your blog) but love the excuse to honeymoon as often as possible. Enter my name in the hat!!


  63. This is great! As our honeymoon ended up being a vacation with all of my in-laws (long story), I’d love the chance for a trip with just my husband!

  64. This is awesome. Thank you Meg and thank you Amtrak. I’ve only traveled via Amtrak once, and it was the most amazing experience. I’ve been wanting to do the New Orleans one for the past year, so this would be awesome!

  65. Awesome. I’ve been inspired to try Amtrak since reading these posts (train travel sounds so romantic, doesn’t it?), and I would love to visit New Orleans.

  66. We were just looking into booking Amtrak for our honeymoon… but on the East coast. So I guess I will not be entering this giveaway (as awesome as it sounds), but just wanted to second that Amtrak for honeymoon is a great idea.

  67. Aww, thanks for letting the married folks enter, too. I’ve been trying and trying to convince my husband that a train trip would be fantastic (used your posts as proof!) and this would be the only way we could do it financially any time soon! Consider this an entry *crossing fingers*. Whoever wins this is going to be so very lucky!

  68. Oh, I would love to win this! Watching Stephen Fry’s America made me realize how little of my own country I’ve seen. As I’m a terrible driver, doing it by train would be so great. Please pick me!

  69. Pick me, pick me! We haven’t yet decided on our honeymoon destination, but your reviews of Amtrak travel have me convinced that we need to try it!

  70. I love train travel – I have been wanting to go on the Coast Starlight for many years now – it would be such a wonderful adventure!

  71. omfg! Fella and I have been itching to see the west coast since forever and I cannot think of a better way than train. Thanks for sponsoring such a killer contest!

  72. This would be so amazing! I am struggling with what I want to for my honeymoon. Price has such a big part of the problem. I love taking trains!

  73. We would love to win this trip! We recently got married but have not been able to take a honeymoon for a variety of reasons. Both trips sound amazing, too!

  74. This is NOT an entry! I want honeymooners to win!

    I just wanted to say this is a very nice contest, and the winners have to write a post about their trip. ;)

  75. Us! Pick us!!! Forrest and I have hardly gotten to the honeymoon planning stage but we’ve been talking about the train (because of you of course!) and were saying we need to take a train trip sometime. And The Coast Starlight? THAT is just the ticket.

  76. What a cool and different honeymoon idea! I loved riding the trains to see distant family members when I was little! Count me in for the contest :)

  77. Lovely. We thought about taking this train – – for our honeymoon, but due to budget considerations, we ended up on a tandem bike trip in the same area instead. It was also awesome, but it covered a lot less territory than a train.

    Especially exciting for us in this case would be that the husband has never been anywhere on the west coast. So please sign us up for the drawing!

  78. oh, my! winning this trip would be a dream come true!
    i absolutely hate to fly…i just said yesterday that i will only travel via car, train, or boat. on the first train ride my bf and i took, the gentleman collecting our tickets remarked about “what a beautiful couple we were!”. secret: we were not officially dating yet at the time! hehe! we travel to NYC on the train and each time we go, i am reminded of our first trip together. what wonderful memories.
    we are more than overdue for another trip together. i would love to sit by his side for hours and hours – talking, reading, and just enjoying each other’s company.
    thank you for the opportunity!

  79. This sounds so fun! My fiancé is in new Orleans right now and can’t wait to go back there together!

  80. This would be an amazing trip to win! We’ve been talking about taking a tour up the CA coast and into Portland. I’ve never been, but he loves it! Thanks for the opportunity Meg!

  81. How amazing would a trip on Amtrak be? Pretty amazing! Mike and I could definitely use a getaway. Like, whoa. Oooo and maybe I’ll get a wedding out of him if we have a honeymoon to look forward to! :)

  82. This couldn’t have come at a better time. I just just starting to plan our anniversary trip to Portland! The train is much more romantic than our little sedan. :)

  83. Since I plan on getting (most of the way) to my wedding location via Amtrak, winning an Amtrak honeymoon would be very fitting! Fingers crossed.

    Meg, you rock. For serious.

  84. How amazing would this be!!! Count me in for a shot to win! We love traveling across the country, and hate flying, so we’d love taking Amtrak.

  85. This sounds amazing and incredibly relaxing. I’ve never traveled by rail before, but have always wanted to. I’m a sucker for history, and riding the rails brings back so much nostalgia. My fiance and I would be ever grateful!

  86. What a lovely contest! We weren’t planning on taking a honeymoon for quite a while (we’ll marry in September), but this would be just perfect. I love the idea of train travel!

  87. I think a train trip with my husband sounds romantic and charming. I grew up in a big railroad town (home of Union Pacific) and have always found the sound of a train whistle to be exciting. Thanks for opening up such a fun opportunity.

  88. My husband and I took a cross-country Amtrak trip, coach class, shortly after we first got together–it’s one of my favorite memories. It would be wonderful to do it again (and be a little less squished this time).

  89. This is so awesome! I want to enter because I’d love to explore that New Orleans line via Amtrak – I’ve been swooning over your pictures and the idea of comfortable travel since you started this whole incredible ordeal. Thanks!

  90. This sounds heavenly! I’ve loved traveling by train, and I’d love to go on a trip like this with my husband!

  91. Glorious honeymoon idea! I recommend the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle–I’ve always wanted to ride through Montana on a train!

  92. An Amtrak vacation sounds quite amazing, and getting to show off the beauty of the west coast would be fantastic. We could get to like that. :)

  93. this is amazing!! I’d love to take this for a honeymoon… we’re constantly talking about taking Amtrak for a trip sometime. Sounds awesome!

  94. We’re getting married in September. When Meg started posting about her travels on Amtrak, I looked into booking a trip for our honeymoon, but it was just out of our price range. Winning this would be so awesome! I’m officially entering.

  95. Chicago to New Orleans, YES!!! We’re from Iowa, and I’m working in the South this summer – this trip would PERFECTLY solve all our honeymoon complications!

  96. Such a Rad giveaway! We are getting married in Union Station LA. So we were thinking about just taking the train the next day up the coast. We’ve had a long distance relationship for about 9 years that involved many amtrak trains. It would be amazing to win this, thanks!

  97. My parents took a trip across the country on Amtrak and it sounds delightful. I would love to have a relaxing honeymoon seeing new places in the USA. Fingers crossed for the luck of the draw!

  98. What a wonderful way to honeymoon! My fiance and I just took a short train ride in Poland over the holidays and spent most of it commenting on how romantic it felt — would love to have a longer trip together!

  99. I’ve always wanted to take a trip by train and I live in Chicago, so what better reason than to go to New Orleans??!

  100. This sounds AMAZING. My husband and I are both students; he is halfway through his PhD, and I just started my masters. Traveling is completely and utterly out of our budget at the moment, but this trip sounds amazing!! And to top it off, my husband is not so much a fan of flying, so traveling by train would be a phenomenal trip for us both. Count me in!!

  101. Our plan was to cruise down south listening to live Blues music along the way – Chicago style blues to Memphis style blues, and finally New Orleans style blues…

    Amtrak would be so much better!

  102. Oh my goodness, this is awesome! We’ve recently decided that we want to spend our first anniversary (in September) on a train out west somewhere (obviously nothing to do with Meg’s adventure…), and I thought I couldn’t be MORE excited about it. Turns out I can be! A giveaway of a trip just like the one we’ve been exploring? Yes, please!! Thank you, Meg and Amtrak!

  103. This is AMAZING! We’re getting married on 11/3 and so far have no moon plans. It’s hard since my job is so crazy–production manager at a theatre in DC. There is never a good time to RUN AWAY, but we will make time if we win this amazing trip!!!

  104. I love this idea! I have always discussed a road trip with the future hubby, but dramatic tellings of the horrors he experienced when driving around in the family van has kind of jaded the experience. But what better way to ‘road trip’ then via train!!
    And New Orleans has become a bit of a love of ours – we fell head over heals for the Crescent City when we visited my sister at Tulane, and have gone back almost every year since. There is just something so deeply rich and romantic about that place – couldn’t think of a better way to spend some time with the future hubs!

  105. This is an absolutely fantastic giveaway! I have always thought traveling by train would be the most amazing way to see the country. This trip sounds amazing, and I’d love to take my man as he has never seen the west coast. We get married in June and a west coast adventure sounds like the perfect getaway!

  106. Wow, how awesome is this? My fiancee and I live in Chicago and have totally talked about taking an Amtrak trip to New Orleans before but haven’t had the time with my job. Now that I’ll finally be taking a huge amount of time off for my honeymoon, I could totally make it happen!

  107. Amazing! I’d love to throw my name in the hat. The Coast Starlight trip is spectacular (at least the parts I’ve already traveled), and I’d love to see more via an amazing sleeper car with my husband. Thanks Meg & all of the amazing ladies at APW for making it happen!

  108. My guy and I are pre-engaged, looking at a summer 2013 wedding. This would be an amazing honeymoon! We’ve been checking out various Amtrak trips since you announced your book tour, Meg. We live in Detroit, so the City of New Orleans line is more convenient (and my grandparents live in Memphis, so we could see them along the way), but the Coast Starlight sounds amazing. What a great giveaway!

  109. my fiance and i are getting married sometime this summer on a small budget, so winning this would completely rock our world!! thanks for hosting such a fun contest! (:

  110. This would be so great! We ended up not loving our honeymoon in October and could really use a more relaxing do-over and have had our eyes on the pacific northwest for a while!

  111. Oh, how I’d love to visit the west coast! I’ve never been west of Ohio, but I’ve been up and down the east coast several times. My fiance and I would enjoy this very much!

  112. Reading these posts has *totally* made me want to take an train trip! It would be hard to choose which one to take!

  113. Ever since you started this trip, I have been actually beating my husband over the head with your pictures and your tales, begging for an Amtrak trip. Oh, I would love love love love this!

    Thanks, Amtrak, for being so awesome and welcome to Team Practical!

  114. My fiance and I looooove Amtrak trips, and have dreamed of taking a long trip on one. We love the relaxation of riding the train and the beautiful views that come along with it! We would love to have the opportunity to visit the West Coast!

  115. Yay!! I love me some trains – I’ve been obsessed with train travel ever since my childhood (a couple of years) in Europe. Wish the US would catch up and expand the train system – but til then, so glad Amtrak is here and able to help us see this beautiful country. I’m really loving this APW and Amtrak partnership. Super, super cool.

  116. What a great contest! I love Amtrak, as an engineer and lover of history I think it is natural that I do. As a kid my family did an east coast college tour through Amtrak and it was awesome! I would love to be able to take this trip with my love we are saving so much for the wedding and for our starting a new business that a honeymoon hasn’t even been a topic yet.

    APW you all are so cool. P.S. I enjoyed the book signing in Park Slope everyone was so nice.

  117. Oh this sounds like so much fun! The Chicago to new Orleans sounds like a blast. Consider me entered!

  118. My dad’s always been a train nut and we used to dream about touring the country via Amtrak. Now the fiance and I are jonesing for some laid-back, awesome travel for our honeymoon! This would be wonderful : )

  119. This is so awesome! We’re already planning our honeymoon to San Francisco. Had planned to rent a car to see the coast, but this would be so much better!

  120. Ive never travelled by train, but have heard so many wonderful things! We would love to do this as our honeymoon!! All your posts on Amtrak have for sure sold me on them! Thanks for the chance at a great trip!!

  121. What a lovely idea for a honeymoon. Sounds so relaxing! I did a lot of traveling by train in Europe, and it was just such a great way to go.

  122. What a great idea! I am getting married in May and we have already booked our honeymoon on via Amtrak. We got a few strange looks when we said we wanted to travel by train, but most people thought it was a neat idea. I was happy to see them getting some good press with your recent trip.

  123. Thank you for doing this! My fiance and I have always wanted to trek down the west coast (and spend some time in wine country). Fun stuff.

  124. This is awesome! We were just talking about how we don’t have the money/time for a Paris honeymoon we really wanted, so this would make our wedding extra special!

  125. Both options sound divine! Can I get an extra entry for my birthday (today!), pretty please?? I’ve always wanted to ride Amtrak, just never had the chance/money.

  126. Yes, my male companion would love the Starlight line! Maybe we’ll book the tour even if we don’t win (when we graduate and have money…)

  127. My fiance and I were already entertaining the idea of doing an Amtrak honeymoon! I have been following your posts about this to gauge if it is a good idea or not. This seals. the. deal. We would just die to win this!

  128. Meg you and the APW team are amazeballs. I grew up taking the Empire Builder from Minneapolis to Whitefish, and those times were always magical. I’d love to take a trip with my fella.

  129. What a fab giveaway! Anne and I never took a honeymoon, despite our two weddings. We were just talking about heading to the Pacific Northwest over the summer as a belated honeymoon, so that Starlight route would be a dream for us!

  130. Thanks for all the great Amtrak posts, please sign us up for the give-away!

    This trip would be amazing for us since my fiance’s impending grad school bills combined with our “choose people, not things” approach to our guest list and planning has left us without a honeymoon budget to speak of. Since we met on the DC metro, it seems appropriate to start our marriage the same way!

  131. We’ve been following the book tour and talking about how much we’d love to take the train! Thank you Amtrak and APW!

  132. Count me in! After reading Meg’s posts, my husband and I researched vacationing via Amtrak. Sounds amazing!

  133. Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!!! I really would like to win the West Coast trip since we can’t afford a honeymoon. Thanks APW and Amtrak!!!!

  134. The BF and I took a train trip together for the first time last year and I was hooked. Trains aren’t for everyone, but they’re for us! Awesome idea, APW team.

  135. This is fantastic! My fiance and I got engaged at an Amtrak station when I went to visit him while we were doing long distance (Amtrak was a life saver during those two years).

  136. My husband talks about taking the train all the time! (And he brings it up to travel from DC home to his folks in Indiana…not the most glorious route.) Both of the options sound fantastic – we honeymooned on the West Coast and would love a reason to go back!

  137. I love Amtrak – the best way to travel from Portland to Seattle! Never been down the California coast though, which would be awesome.

  138. i am so excited about this as well, and if i win, we’ll hopefully use it for a “baby-moon” in the *hopeful* near future! awesome idea!

  139. This would be so great. As two busy overworked and underpaid individuals, the quiet relaxation that a train offers would be perfect for us to just talk and absorb the wonderful scenery of parts of the country we have never seen! In a few minutes I’ve gone from not even considering this as our honeymoon to completely falling in love with this idea. Typical APW :)

  140. I never really thought about traveling long distances on Amtrak before, but your posts lately have changed my mind! I’ve been reading them out to my partner enviously.

    This, then, is my contest entry.

  141. I would love to do this. We are not getting married until next year but this would be a great pre wedding get away.

  142. What an amazing giveaway! I’d love to enter! I have never taken a train trip before and I know my fiance and I would love that.

  143. Oh man….my guy is afraid to fly. We’re in Southern California and we have to drive everywhere unless we drug him! Seriously in the past couple of years we’ve driven to Michigan to visit his family, San Francisco twice, Portland, Vegas countless times. I’d love to sit back and relax and really enjoy the experience instead of stressing out over traffic and stopping to pee or get gas. This would be the perfect honeymoon!

  144. OMG! I’ve been looking in to Amtrak honeymoons since we got engaged! I think it would be rather romantic…I even emailed Amtrak to get more information about packages. Oh please please please pick us!!!!

  145. My fiance and I have often dreamed of making that trip down the west coast from Seattle through California – perfect Amtrak, we love you!!

  146. Traveling by Amtrak sure is amazing! I would love to travel down the coast of Cali with my partner. Thanks APW for doin’ what you do.

  147. The Starlight is my hometown train — but the NOLA- Chicago is my hearttown train. Good luck everyone!

  148. Sorry I couldn’t make it to last night’s Austin event – bummer! But I would pretty please love to win an Amtrak vacation for me and my man!

  149. I’m already married, but this would be a glorious way to spend time together – perhaps on our anniversary next year. We’re going to have a baby at the end of April this year, so I can only imagine how nice it’d be to have a vacation like this when the baby is old enough to leave with family. Plus, I’ve always wanted to travel by train!

  150. I love Amtrak and am thrilled that they are offering up this prize! When I was in college I rode the train home on weekends (from Sacramento to San Jose) and it was the most beautiful, stress-free way to travel.

  151. This sounds perfect! I’m actually dancing with my dad to the Arlo Gutrhie Song “City of New Orleans” which is about a train because it’s the song he used to sing to me to put me to sleep when I was little.

  152. Will this be APW’s most popular post yet? This is amazing. I’m crossing my fingers–could really use a few days of romance and a belated honeymoon with my hubby!

  153. I’ve been dying to take the coast train!! It was always an idea but since you started your trip, I’ve been stalking it!!! :)

  154. The fella is a bull in a china shop and is 6’4″, but Chicago > New Orleans via train is on my bucket list….might need to look into sedatives for him…

    Ooooo, and then we could rent a car and take the blues highway home! YES! My inner music history nerd is doing the Kermit-arm-wave-freak-out

  155. We were thinking of taking Amtrak for our honeymoon (one of my friends is traveling across country on the train to come to our wedding, which inspired this idea) and this is even more inspiration.

  156. this sounds cool! My last sleeper train was Northern Spain to Barcelona- not exactly the best traveling experience I’ve had!

  157. This would be amazing! Life has been really hard lately, and we could so use a trip! Or else that would be the most amazing honeymoon next year(we’re tentatively talking wedding dates next year). My partner has wanted to take the train for forever and I love the train.

  158. I would absolutely LOVE to win this honeymoon! My fiance and I are paying for everything ourselves and we have seem to be pretty blessed with what has fallen into our laps! Recently, by chance, at a church crab feed, we won the grand prize of a photobooth for 4 hours! So winning a honeymoon would be icing on the (wedding)cake;)

  159. We were looking for a low key U.S. honeymoon to treat ourselves too.. this sounds like the perfect idea for the both of us. Thank you APW for having this contest. I hope whomever wins has the best trip.

  160. holy moly, this would be awesome. We are living on the east coast, would love to be able to do the west coast tour, see the coast, and visit our family members located from Seattle to LA….

    Also, I am huge Amtrak fan and actually moved from MA to DC by train when I relocated! It was the best.

  161. This is so serendipitous because I’ve been researching trips to New Orleans via Amtrak! My boy is NOT a good flyer, (he gets a crazy inner ear ringing and eventually the spins) and we have friends in New Orleans that are pregnant, and I used to live in Chicago, so…I know I’m rambling…this is a great trip for us!! Off to Tweet now!

  162. All I’ve been thinking about since these Amtrak posts started is how much I wish my husband and I were seeing America by train! He’s never been West of St. Louis – it would be such a wonderful opportunity to explore together!

  163. I love this idea! My parents took a train ride across the country together early in their relationship and are still telling stories about that time. I’d love to have the opportunity to do the same. Please pick me and Kevin!

  164. Oooh oooh oooh! Pick me! The Hubs and I went traveling by train down the east coast of Australia (before he was even the Fiance!) and it was the best way to travel. We learned the hard way to always upgrade to sleepers on overnights but had the best time. We got to see all sorts of countryside people usually just fly over. I’d love to do it again, hello anniversary trip!

  165. I’d like to enter, too. :) Thanks, Meg, for making this available for us!

    … And it has made me think, giveaway or no giveaway, this might be a good think to look into in general for a honeymoon. Neither of us like flying, so we’d been thinking of a driving destination, but trains are so much greener (and more romantic!)…

  166. Sounds like a terrific Honeymoon adventure. I think my soon-to-be hubby and I would bike down the West coast and take the train back home! I have fond memories of the Twin Cities to Chicago train.

  167. I’m getting married in California in August! and we still haven’t finalized our honeymoon plans yet. This would be awesome!

  168. I want to go!! After reading all about your Amtrak adventures, I was already trying to find an excuse to take a couples Romantic trip. :-)

  169. This is downright amazing. I’m getting chills thinking about either the New Orleans or West Coast options- both trips we’ve thought about so far for our December 2012 honeymoon! I was already getting anxious at the thought of having to fly, so either of these would literally be perfect. Also, trains are my favorite form of transportation, hands down. Thank you Amtrak! And thank you APW team, for continually making so many dreams come true. Cheesy, but honest.

  170. This is such an amazing giveaway – and SO timely. We just celebrated our one year anniversary and have yet to have a honeymoon.
    We got married in December of 2010, in front of a small (32 people including us) crowd of our dearest family and friends because it was what we could afford – plus it provided us the freedom to overindulge on the company of those important people for an entire weekend. We had a trip to Hawaii booked for the following July (2011) and then 1 month after our wedding, we both got new job offers in a city on the other side of the US…and accepted. We gave our 2 week notice, sold everything we owned and got in the car with our two cats and made the journey from Philly to San Diego – where we’ve been throwing ourselves into our new jobs with gusto ever since. And still no honeymoon. We’ve talked though about exploring the west coast up and down – we feel like it’s an amazing way to see our new “home” region. This would be such an amazing trip for us – thank you Meg and thank you Amtrak!!

  171. Wow! What a great honeymoon! We’ve been leaning towards Puerto Rico after our April wedding, but a train might be easier on his chronic back pain. Plus all those places are on our life list!

    Sounds like you had a great tour! Sorry I missed you when you were in Arlington!

  172. Please enter me in the contest! We are from New Orleans so it would be great to get on the City of New Orleans line and go someplace special since we don’t have a honeymoon budget!

  173. Wow a Honeymoon trip across country with my new wife?! Eco friendly Amtrak?! Could this get any better! Thanks for chance to win such a sweet gift for my Bride and I!

  174. My fiance and I love train travel! We did a West Coast road trip last summer, but we’ve been dying to take the Coast Starlight instead. What a beautiful adventure it would be. Count us in!

  175. I would LOVE to win this! A lovely tropical storm sort of quashed our honeymoon and we’ve been VERY tentatively talking about trying to take the train down to New Orleans for our one year anniversary but it’s not looking promising as far as budgeting goes. This would be seriously amazing!

  176. thanks to your trip i am now officially obsessed with taking a trip by train and was JUST researching the coast starlight. this obviously means it was meant to be right?

  177. My family took the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle when I was 15. It was beautiful country. I’d love to take my husband on the Seattle-LA line; he’s never been to the West Coast, which is a darn shame.

  178. I have always wanted to take an overnight train trip! And my husband loves making friends with strangers, so the train community sounds perfect for him.

  179. My fiance and I love taking the Acela train to NYC, but staying on one overnight – oh the glamour! This would be a wonderful way to celebrate our union… and see parts of the US we haven’t seen yet, or in a completely new way.

  180. We already had a honeymoon, but hubby and I have already been toying around with the idea of taking the Coast Starlight up to Portland and Seattle. Chicago and New Orleans are also on our must-travel-to-someday list, so actually, we would have a tough time deciding which to go with! It sounds like it would be so romantic to see the US countryside by train.

    Thanks Meg for all your hard work on the site and the book and the book tour!

  181. My fiance and I are eloping and this would be such a phenomenal trip opportunity. I would love to have the chance to see New Orleans and Chicago, two major cities on my travel bucket list.

  182. Oh this would be awesome! I have done Amtrak through the Cascades as a kid, from Kansas to New Mexico as a teen and Kansas City to Chicago and back as an adult! I love some Amtrak time! We are getting married Sept 30, what a fun way to celebrate together!

  183. This is amazing! My fiance and I have been following the updates about the APW book tour and have been bowled over by how freaking romantic train travel is! I studied abroad in Germany and Thailand and LOVED traveling by train. He’s never done it before, so we’re planning to use Amtrak to get us from NY to OH to celebrate the holidays with my family this december.

    It’s so great that Amtrak is doing a giveaway! Whoever gets this is going to have a BLAST!

  184. We would love to win this! We did a mini Amtrak honeymoon, coming back from Chicago to Minneapolis on the Empire Builder, but have DREAMED of doing a longer train trip together. Fingers crossed! :)

  185. Holy cow! This sounds like a dream time. Our wedding is in August and my dad used to work for the railroad so this would be so fun and perfect. Trains are the BEST!

  186. THANKS MEG AND AMTRAK! You’ve been a super spokeswoman on this trip- you have almost every reader daydreaming about a romantic (or adventurous, or both) trip via Amtrak. As soon as you announced the book tour I decided that would be PERFECT for our honeymoon, and it took no convincing to get my honey on board. We knew we wanted to see as much of California as we could in a relatively short trip- so I assumed renting a convertible was the way to go. Until I realized that Jim hates driving, so I would be putting on the chauffer hat. I love to drive, but Cali is a big state and that’s a lot of driving. So as soon as I saw your post I knew Amtrak was the way. And then I saw you in Boston and gushed a little about trains and you said there was going to be a CONTEST! Must be fate.
    We will almost definitely be taking this trip prize or no prize, but I had to throw our hat into the ring.
    Plus, great point about being green. Not easy to do with weddings or travel, but worth it to try.

  187. The west coastline train trip sounds amazing! I have taken the train to Chicago from Michigan and I much prefer it over driving any day!

  188. This sounds like an amazing giveaway! I’m signing up! My husband and I were married in March, so this would be a much-needed mini-moon. The best part of the last year was marrying the man I love, the rest of the year was filled with struggle and loss. We lost our son at 8 months pregnant and have had to endure in our first year what most couples (hopefully) never have to in their lives. We could use the getaway and appreciate the opportunity to enter.

  189. This sounds amazing! Love Chicago and I’ve never been to New Orleans. We could use this for our one year anniversary! I’ve always wanted to take a train trip and so has my wife!

  190. How delightful! Hollywood has always made traveling by train seem so adventurous and yet romantic. From Harry Potter to French Kiss to Some Like It Hot. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  191. OHohoh, enter me! Enter me! While we are already married, I intend to honeymoon every year. We’ve got two in the books. Honeymoon Part III up and down the West Coast via train? :)

  192. What?? Amazing!

    The fiance and I took a (quick) flight to Denver this past weekend…and after getting off the plane, vowed that our honeymoon would NOT involve airplane travel ;) A train honeymoon sounds so much more civilized!

  193. What a fabulous way to see the country…I’ve always thought a road trip honeymoon would be amazing but this is even better!

  194. Oh man! What a dream! I can’t wait to get back to NOLA and train travel is my faaaavorite way to travel. Thanks Meg and Amtrak!!! Here’s to hoping I win. :) And HUGE congrats to you, Meg, and APW, for a wonderful book tour!

  195. I love train travel— went from NYC to Washington State in college and loved every second of it. This is such a wonderful giveaway!

  196. we are trying to figure out a honeymoon and this sounds amazing! it will be hard to pick which line to take :)

  197. This is great! We love trains, but all we’ve done in the US is a couple very short regional trips. If only Amtrak had a bigger network!

  198. What an amazing prize! I love Amtrak and rarely have the chance to take a trip on it, so this would be fantastic opportunity!

  199. Wow, I can only imagine how wonderful this would be. My fiance and I are moving into my parents house this April, in an attempt to save up and have the wedding we always wanted. APW is helping so much in that journey! Honeymoon or not, thank you so much for making our wedding seem more than just a pipe dream, but rather very possible!

  200. Amtrak was already on my short list of ideal honeymoons, but we’re probably going to go with what’s most affordable.

    I’ve only taken a multi-day train trip once but I loved it in spite of the imperfect experience of sleeping in coach.

  201. awesome! your first post about amtrak actually inspired us to plan an amtrak honeymoon! we’re going from la to portland on the coast starlight, then onto seattle on the cascades.

    we’re definitely going with amtrak either way, so thanks for the recommendation, though, of course, winning would be pretty cool!

  202. What an amazing giveaway! My husband and I have been waiting patiently for our honeymoon and we are finally able to go in May… We are planning a trip to Utah and I am so excited. We had a really small wedding and then were saving up to purhase our home and, well, we just weren’t able to get anything together for awhile. We only just put off days for work so we are still finalizing arrangements. This would just be amazing!!!
    And I agree… Amtrak is the best! Trains are so cool and the experience just adds to everything!

  203. This is so fun. The husband elect and I are getting married on April 27th in California and we live in Portland Or. A train ride home might just be the best thing I ever heard of.

  204. This sounds like a wonderfully relaxing way to enjoy some well-deserved vacation time with my hubby, without the chaos of airports or the exhaustion of driving ourselves. Would love to win this trip to experience train travel for the first time :)

  205. Tossing my name in the hat as well! No harm in not doing so, and I think a Chicago to New Orelans trip with my very new husband would basically be the most amazing thing in the world, and a great break for him in the middle of job-searching. We didn’t take a honeymoon for $ reasons, so this would rock our world.

  206. Fingers crossed! I’ve never ridden on a train before, but a trip up the West Coast sounds like a dream come true! (And we’re getting married in March, so that would be perfect timing!!)

  207. I have a serious fondness for Amtrak from my days in college when I didn’t have a car and used Amtrak to get around. It’s a seriously awesome way to travel, and it sounds ::perfect:: for a honeymoon. Thanks for the chance to win!

  208. Oh my, I have been swooning over Amtrak ever since you posted about your first left of the trip, and I told my honey that at some point in the near future we absolutely positively must take a trip somewhere on train. I would love to win this, but regardless I hope to have an Amtrak trip in my future!

  209. I would be honored to take a trip like this! Now that I know the train serves the West Coast, I also have new plans for our next vacation.

  210. I love the train. It’s my favorite way to travel. You see more that way and it’s just the best way to get anywhere and discover things.

  211. Count me in. My FH has never been to New Orleans and I’d love to introduce him to the city. Thank you so much for going on tour Meg and for sharing your experiences with us!!!

  212. AWWWW shucks…me and the boy have a long standing love affair with Nawlins! And a chance to travel from Seattle to LA…on train…count me in! Loving all of this Train Love! :)

  213. Is it really terrible to try and win even though I got a paper with ‘O’ for Other at the book signing? (As in, not in a relationship at the moment.) But I do have an awesome trip to the West Coast planned with my best friend for this summer to celebrate our 30th birthdays, and our plan had been Amtrak all along! We’ll do wine country, try to get a table at French Laundry, and then head up the coast to Seattle and Portland before ending in Vancouver to visit her husband’s family. So—yes?

  214. I would love to explore the US by train! After hearing all about Meg’s adventures the idea of train travel seems so much more relaxed and beautiful than the hectic airport routine :)

  215. This is a fantastic idea! It would definitely help relieve some of the financial stress associated with travel!!

  216. hey hey! our current honeymoon plans are something like “wandering the west coast by car, train, and bike” and this would fit into our plans perfectly. count me in!

  217. This would be perfect for us! We so badly want to visit all of our favorite cities on the west coast to see the sights and visit the very important people in our lives that won’t be able to make it to our wedding. Such a great giveaway! Thanks APW!

  218. Holy Comments!!!

    We’re currently in the process of re-negotiating our wedding due to loss of full-time employment and the honeymoon is definintely on the To Do Later [when we have money!] List.

    APW and Amtrak rock.

  219. Oh, this would be amazing! We were thinking of a West Coast road trip as a someday-in-the-future honeymoon, and it would be even more fun by Amtrak!

  220. I loved riding the train around Europe many years ago. Every time I have the opportunity to ride rather than fly, I’m all for it. Travel is so much more relaxing on a train. :)

  221. I want to win this so bad! Jeremy and I were just talking about taking an Amtrak sabbatical where we write music on a train together – I think it would be magical.

  222. * Swoon! * What a wonderful idea. Even though I tend to be a backpack-and-tent roughing-it kind of traveler, I’m totally with you that a honeymoon should be a chance to bliss out a bit more!

  223. I took an overnight train from Philly to Chicago with my parents as a teenager. I’d love to take my husband on a trip to New Orleans!

  224. I have ALWAYS wanted to travel by Amtrak, and my boyfriend and I have talked about doing the Seattle to LA trip already! Pick me! Pick me!

  225. Consider me entered!

    This trip would be the one-year anniversary vacation that we dreamt of, but have had to put aside for different dreams: a big entrepreneurial risk that’s got me working double jobs to pay the bills while my partner pursues his passion. We are from LA and SF, and have many fond memories of gazing wistfully out the Amtrak window throughout our dating years – trains are so romantic. Plus, the Coast Starlight route has a stop right near our wedding venue. Perfection.

  226. I just took an Amtrak trip with my mom from Chicago to DC and it was great! I’ve love to use this with my new hubby!

  227. we’re getting married in july and don’t have honeymoon plans yet, so this would be wonderful! we’re both car-less and big fans of public transportation…..our entire relationship has been witnessed by the bus drivers who drive the route between our apartments

  228. I was *just* talking about taking a road trip last night….even better if I don’t have to drive!!!

  229. This is a wonderful idea! My husband and I are really bad about planning things so we keep talking about someday having a honeymoon while we both know that we might not ever do it.

    But this would force us to do it and travel to wonderful places!

  230. What an amazing trip! My fiancé is kind of a man of few words and has actually gotten excited at the thought of a trip on a train (I couldn’t stop talking about how awesome it would be when you started your tour!)! :-) Thanks for such a great opportunity!

  231. This sounds excellent! We’re getting married in April but have been talking about a road trip to California over Christmas – so this would be perfect! Thanks Amtrak!

  232. This would be so much fun. Got married last year, but didn’t have a honeymoon. What a great idea! Fingers crossed. :)

  233. I’d love to be entered in the contest! We went on a cross country trip for our honeymoon by car and it was so amazing, I’d love to do some traveling by train. Thanks Meg!

  234. We got married a year ago but are now having baby (!) and this would be a great celebratory trip before the little one comes. Although I am hoping to not let a growing family stop me from traveling in the future . . . that’s one of the baby “you’ll sees” I refuse to believe!

  235. I’ve been wanting to take that City of New Orleans train since I moved to a town on the route! We’ll do it sometime, for sure, I love trains.

  236. The prospect of traveling by Amtrak sounds wonderfully romantic! The “City of New Orleans” reminds me of the song by Arlo Guthrie (I’m sure someone else has pointed that out). Both trips sound beautiful.

  237. YES!!! This sounds amazing…my fiance and I would absolutely love an adventure like this…consider this an entry!

  238. My fiance would love to quit his job just to ride the rails & soak in the gorgeous mountain views– this would be amazing!!

  239. How neat! I’ve been jealously reading your book trip re-caps, Meg, thinking that we should take a train trip sometime. And now we might be able to!

  240. An Amtrak honeymoon sounds…like a perfect solution to our honeymoon problem. I’m semi-terrified of flying, and legit-terrified of boats (so, cruises out). As Chicagoans who, you know, more or less live next door to huge Amtrak hub, I don’t know why we didn’t consider this.

    Thanks for the idea, Meg and Amtrak, even if we don’t win <3

  241. 1.5 years married and we’ve yet to honey (or mini moon). would be much appreciated!

    thanks for all your hard work meg!

  242. We’ve been married for about 18 months, but Partner-in-Crime and I were never able to take a honeymoon. Now, having just bought a house money is even tighter, and without something as awesome as this giveaway we might never go on a honeymoon–so count me in! I’d love to surprise my partner with such an adventure!

  243. I used to feel like it was presumptuous to think of myself as a member of the pre-engaged community. However, after my partner surprised me with Meg’s book, I gained a new sense of security in my status as a pre-engager; while it’s clear that he isn’t ready to get married right now, it’s not because he’s afraid of considering our future together. And, even if we’re not walking down the aisle, we still have a lot to celebrate as a couple and limited means for doing so. Fingers crossed for being gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

  244. Wow, what a fun contest! I’d love to win, as my husband and I haven’t been on an official honeymoon yet!

  245. I actually had some friends who took the Coast Starlight from Eugene, Oregon to Los Angeles. They always rave about how amazing it was.

  246. My sister is getting married in March — and they don’t have a ton of money for a honeymoon trip — this would be perfect!!

  247. What fun! I love train travel. You get to see areas of the country inaccessable any other way. And it’s so comfortable. Both of these train routes are fabulous. Good prize.

  248. This would be AMAZING. We were hoping to go to New Orleans for our honeymoon anyway, so a romantic train ride would just put it over the top of awesome.

  249. How fantastic! I’ve always always (always!) wanted to take a long train trip and travel in a sleeper car. It souds sooooooo romantic! What a great giveaway. Thanks Amtrak, Meg, and APW!

  250. You have made train travel sound so romantic and exciting I am ready to hop aboard, free or not! Thanks for the giveaway!

  251. Your travels on Amtrak have made me want to travel someday cross country by train, too! I would love to get the oppurtunity to have my honey moon on Amtrak. We are getting married in July in Ecuador but aren’t planning on doing a honey moon because of limited funds and because he will be in class until August. He has never seen America (let alone flown before!) so seeing part of the country by train would be a dream. Some friends were thinking of sending us somewhere special later in the year so that we could at least have a real honey moon as a wedding gift but I hate imposing on them. Being able to do a trip like this would be amazing! Please consider us in the drawing!

  252. I would love an Amtrak trip with SO! I’m taking Amtrak to DC in two weeks and I’m excited to see the scenery that isn’t just interstate highway. It’s a great way to travel.

  253. I’m so sad this contest is only open to US residents. My Canadian husband and I would gladly travel to the States to get on the train! We got married 19 months ago (moved our wedding up 14 months unexpectedly and planned it in 4 weeks because my dad was dying), and haven’t been able to afford a honeymoon yet. We would sooo love this trip. I’m already jealous of the lucky winner!

  254. Yes please! I have yet to travel on the train in the US but loved train travel in Europe. Your adventure has made me want to give Amtrak a try!

  255. what a great idea for a honeymoon! it’s like the venn diagram of what my fiancee and i want in a trip — scenic relaxing for me, adventure for him! thanks to amtrak for sponsoring it.

  256. I’m on board with any trip conducted by train — right on track! (Sorry.) See also: why I ended up with 15 Amtrak bookmarks after the APW book signing in ATL. My train-loving partner was delighted!

  257. This is such a wonderful idea for a contest!! We took the Amtrak to Savannah one Christmas, and it was so lovely, but far too short. What could be more romantic than a train ride through American countryside? Count me in!!

  258. My dude and I would love love love to do this! Coast Starlight line sounds amazing. Good luck to all of us!

  259. Oh please, very very please! I’m a Washington resident and my ability to marry is going up for debate today in the House- it’s looking good for marriage equality here! Even though the law wouldn’t be in effect before the honeymoon offer expires, my love and I would happily ‘pre-honeymoon’ and celebrate a victory for love with APW!

  260. I’m in! This sounds amazing! I’ve never taken an overnight train in the US, but reading all of Meg’s posts have made me super excited about taking a longer trip on Amtrak someday!

  261. I would like to please enter to win the Amtrak giveaway. My partner and I have been together for 5 years. Between working full time and pursuing my PhD part-time we have not had the time or money to take a vacation (just the two of us, not visiting family for a holiday or sleeping on someone’s couch) in the entire time we have been together. I wake up at 4 am and go to bed at 11:00pm so that I can study before and after work, as a result, I am often told that I look like I am in need of a vacation. I have never taken Amtrak on a long distance trip in which I got to use the sleeper car and I can already imagine the naps, the reading, the frivolous conversation and laughter between my partner and I. I would be thrilled to win this giveaway.
    PhD candidate in need of some time away

  262. I have always loved zipping between New York and DC on Amtrak, but since the Amtrak posts started on APW, I have been checking out all the long distance lines, pricing them and fantasizing about the romance of seeing the West by train, just like in the movies. Please consider us entered!

  263. I have been day-dreaming of honeymooning by train because of your travel tales! What a fun adventure to start married life together with. Getting married in August and we still are saying “maybe here…maybe there”, the train to NOLA would be amazing! Thanks!

  264. We have been talking about traveling a portion of the trans-Siberian railroad for our post-wedding adventure, but a free ride on Amtrak would be lovely too. Thanks for posting the offer.

  265. I’d love to win this trip! I took the train from NY to Chicago a few years ago, but couldn’t afford the sleeper car. I get the feeling that it’s a completely different experience!

  266. Oh what an amazing giveaway! We have had to move our wedding up to June of this year and will not be able to take a honeymoon right away! This would be an awesome getaway for us! We are even already in Seattle and would love the chance to see some sunshine!

  267. I’m already a train person! In fact, I finished my grad school thesis on a long ride up to visit the now-hubby’s grandfather. Would love to snuggle up and enjoy the view on a 6 mo or maybe 1 year mini-moon anniversary trip. The hard part would be deciding on the route…

  268. This is such an awesome giveaway. My new husband and I were just talking about taking a train trip. Thanks!!!

  269. How amazing! Both he and I have been discussing an Amtrak trip between LA and Seattle. He lived in Portland, OR and I lived in LA in college and we often made the drive to see each other via car, bus, or plane, with the little money we had as students. We’ve never taken the train and it would be so romantic to re-live those memories and our journey from a different perspective.
    Thank you for the giveaway and opportunity! Anyone will be lucky to win that trip.

  270. Meg–This is nothing short of amazing. Yes, I accept the opportunity for my husband & I to go on a fabulous mini-moon. Thank you so much!

  271. This would be perfect for the mini-moon my fiance and I will be taking right after our wedding. Thanks, Meg!

  272. Please enter me! My FH and I lived on the California coast for 3 years and miss it more than anything. The starlight coast trip would be so perfect for us.

  273. My husband got pneumonia 3 days before our honeymoon and so we missed it. Would love to have a honeymoon after 4 years of marriage!!!!!

  274. While this wouldn’t be a honeymoon, or a baby moon, I would love to win this as a great way for my boyfriend and I to visit my relatives near Los Angeles. A year ago I took the train from Chicago to Seattle. Now I didn’t have enough money for the roomette option, so there was a bit less of the glamorous details, but it was still an awesome trip!

  275. As we had a very abbreviated honeymoon last summer thanks to limited funds (we paid for the wedding ourselves) and having a 4-month old puppy (would NOT recommend adopting a puppy a month and a half before your wedding!), I’d love to have a second chance for our 1-year-anniversary! I’ve loved your stories and pictures on Twitter and here on the site, and I’ve always wanted to take a longer ride!

  276. Yay Amtrak! A West Coast train trip sounds amazing. We’re getting married 9/2/12, and this would be perfect for the mini-moon that we haven’t planned yet. Trains are awesome- I think we were the only people I know who loved the movie Unstoppable, so we would totally geek out on our train ride.

  277. AAUGUGUGHHHHH this is so awesome!!

    Meg, ever since you started reporting back on your book tour, I have been dying a little inside at the thought of taking a honeymoon on the rails. My fiance and I are getting married on December 14, 2012, and money is kind of tight so we’re not sure how things are going to look by the time we get around to planning the honeymoon, so this would be SO FREAKING AWESOME, and so chill and relaxing and US. So, consider this my very enthusiastic entry for consideration in this giveaway. It would mean the world to us. :)

    Way to be awesome, Amtrak (and Meg!). I have a feeling a train will be involved in our honeymoon no matter what. :)

  278. I’d love this! Fiance and I aren’t even thinking about a honeymoon yet. We’re counting on last-minute deals/freebies/cheap plane tickets. This would make our honeymoon much more exciting!

  279. and all the readers who never respond come out to play…

    This is one of the most neat-o give-aways I’ve ever seen. The last time I was on a train was in college when I was too broke to fly home. mid-night rides across New York State can’t really compare to actually going someplace incredible during day light hours!

    Thanks for the opportunity, APW (and Amtrack)!

  280. How fun! My husband and I have been married for a year and a half and are still working on finding the time and money for a real honeymoon…

  281. Since R and I were in 30th Street Station for a little while on our very first date, AND I spent years riding the Northeast Corridor trains to see my family, and friends, clearly I already heart Amtrak. But since moving to CA, I’ve only been as far South as Monterey (I know!), and as far North as Tahoe, so I would LOVE to take a dreamy train ride with my honey up or down the coast. Thanks, Amtrak for this AMAZING opportunity!!

  282. How cool would this be to win? My boyfriend is always bugging me to go on a train trip, but I haven’t really thought about how cool it would be until this APW series. (Don’t tell him that.)

  283. OHHHHH!!!! We live in Chicago, never been to New Orleans and my grad school tuition means no honeymoon…this would be an absolute dream!!!

  284. Oh man! I’ve been hoping for an Amtrak giveaway. :-) My honey and I are getting ready to pay for my grad school… A vacation would be wonderful!

  285. Oh my goodness! Nick and I couldn’t afford a honeymoon (or engagement ring) and only just took our first vacation together (after 7 years).

    My hat is in this ring!

  286. Please enter me! Getting married in September. A honeymoon exploring the shift into fall by train? Yes please.

  287. My parents took Amtrak from Washington, D.C. out to Flagstaff, AZ (via Chicago) prior to our wedding at the Grand Canyon this past November and I think it may have been the highlight of their trip. Well, aside from witnessing Sid and I exchange our vows on the South Rim of course!

    Way to go, APW! Keep on rocking.

  288. What an amazing offer! Thanks Meg, APW and Amtrak. My fiance and I are just at the honeymoon-planning phase of our wedding now, and we’d adore going on a sleeper-car adventure!

  289. Meg has already inspired us with this series to take a train trip (even extra better than an airplane since baby is involved) but we’d LOVE to win this and take an even BETTER train trip!

  290. I was already thinking of an Amtrack trip for our honeymoon in September. Now I’m really convinced! Thanks for offering a giveaway! Love your blog!

  291. So exciting! I can’t wait to read about New Orleans!

    And I really wish I knew more about using Twitter… how does one post link to a page?

  292. YES! Perfect timing! We are really struggling to decide on a honeymoon location. Winning this would b e great because then we can check it off The List.

  293. Oh Meg, just when I thought you couldn’t possibly get any more awesome, and now you do this! Congratulations on your book! You rock!

    Now I’m going to sit here with my fingers crossed until I win. :p

  294. My fiance is obsessed with all things trains, so it would be lovely to share this trip with him. Keeping my fingers crossed!


    We didn’t get to Honeymoon this year after we were married :( And my best friend took our dream location honeymoon, too – which made it that much more painful. We wanted to take a trip for our one year in April, but now I’m pregnant and flying/driving isn’t ideal. BUT ON A TRAIN? Uh, yes please.

    Entered, entered, entered.

  296. Oh, this would be such a blessing for us! My husband and I were married in June, and didn’t get a chance to have a honeymoon because we just didn’t have the cash. We wanted to even get away for a few days, but even that was impossible due to our financial state. So we planned to take a 1 year anniversary trip, but even almost a year later, sadly this won’t be a reality, either. I’m dying to take a trip with my husband, it’s been 10 years together and the closest thing we’ve had to a couples vacation was a trip to Reno with my parents and family! I would love a romantic trip with my husband on the train, it would be such a gift for us. Good luck to everyone!

  297. I’m in! I would totally use to to take the boy and me on a roundtrip from Oakland to Portland or maybe Seattle – We’ve been wanting to do the trip for years, we *adore* Amtrak (I’m a daily commuter, yay!), and it sounds like it would be the most gorgeous, restful way to travel ever. Sigh… dreaming…

  298. Ooh! I would *love* to win a trip on the Coast Starlight. Jeff and I moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco about a year and a half ago. Since then, we have yet to back up there together to re-explore our favorite places and things there (ranging from the Alamere Falls hike in the point reyes national seashore, to chowing on rainbow salad at burma superstar) and reconnect with friends. Jeff used to live in Seattle, and I’ve never been – I’m dying for him to show me around. Our wedding is in May and a summer trip up the coast would be the perfect honeymoon. Yay Amtrak!

  299. I’d love to win and take the Boy on a honeymoon! We’ve eloped three years ago and never got around to the honeymoon part.

  300. My fiance is an Amtrak fanatic! This is very exciting. I tweeted about it. Thanks for the giveaway. Looking forward to seeing the winner :)

  301. 486 comments, wow! But I’ll throw my hat into the ring, too :) I have loved reading all the posts from the rails and would adore a green Amtrak honeymoon! My fiance and are getting married in Houston this summer, so I think the NOLA route would be perfect for us!

  302. Oh that would be the most wonderful thing!! Although we’re not engaged, I think we hopefully will get to use this by the expiration date. :) Would be a wonderful blessing!

  303. We had an Amtrak honeymoon! We took the train from NYC to Niagara Falls and back – it was a great experience. So nice to turn the driving and navigation over to someone else, and we had room to stretch out, electricity to plug our laptop into, and great scenery up the Hudson river. Congrats to whoever wins this!

  304. Oh man, I love Amtrak! I traveled with my family when I was a kid from our hometown, through Chicago, to Salt Lake City (meaning we went over the Rockies by train! they have these awesome viewing cars that are all windows!) before renting a car to drive around to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, etc. It was amazing. Now my husband and I use Amtrak to get between our current city and our hometown. Super convenient overnight ride, much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than flying. (although they need to improve their policies at the station since it seems like there is always a mob and never an orderly line to board) We’d love to win this vacation!

  305. We tried to go on a trip for our first anniversary last spring, but couldn’t find the money or time off. Hoping to celebrate our next anniversary with a sorely needed vacation, and I’ve always wanted to take a train trip like this (New Orleans & Memphis? yes please!).

  306. I want to go on a train trip with my sweet and sip tea and while looking over my book at the beauty rolling by!

  307. Count me in, too! I just got married last fall–and we haven’t had a change to honeymoon yet. I’d love for this to be it.


  308. I’ve been talking to my husband about taking a trip to New Orleans for months….it would be amazing to get to take the trip in style on the train!

  309. Fiance and I are both not fans of flying and dang you’ve made it look so fun! Best of luck to everyone :)

  310. Um… can we win this? Though as tempting as it would be to keep the trip for ourselves, I might have to pass it along to some newly-engaged friends who could really use a lucky break. Good luck to everyone! A trip down the West Coast will be soooooo beautiful!

  311. Would LOVE this! I have never been to New Orleans, and this would be the perfect excuse. When you started your tour, I looked up Amtrak routes etc. and fell in love with the bedrooms – looks SO awesome. This would be the perfect excuse to sate my homesickness by going to Chicago to catch the train, and then seeing someplace I’ve never seen before! And whoever wins, could we pls have pictures of where you go?!?!??!??!

  312. This is my fiancé’s DREAM honeymoon! She is obsessed with Amtrak and we both really do love train travel. Enter us please!

  313. Sign me up! I’ve started planning my wedding for this May and have considered returning to CA from OH via Amtrak as our honeymoon. Winning a free trip would be amazing (and no matter which leg we chose, I’d get to see two new cities!).

  314. i love trains! the most romantic mode of transportation available, aside from stage coaches, but those just aren’t very practical.

  315. Hooray for giveaway! I’d love to win! My wedding is in June and we’ve yet to figure out how to do the honeymoon we can’t afford LOL

  316. Oh my goodness, it would be The Best if my manpanion and I could do this together. We’ve always talked about taking our bicycles on the train down the west coast and riding around our fave cities, a leisurely trip that we can enjoy slowly rather than the hurry-up-let’s-make-our-flight-oh-god-we-have-to-pack-80-activities-into-this-3-day-trip-oh-crap-we-need-to-check-out-of-the-hotel-now kind of trips that we’ve been able to take so far in our relationship, mostly due to budget constraints. I really hope we, or another less fortunate couple, could be the winners of this giveaway :)

  317. My fiance and I are just in the process of planning our honeymoon for this September, and would LOVE this trip!

  318. What an awesome giveaway! I’ve been eyeing Amtrak lately, and this would be such a perfect way to test it out with my partner!

  319. We’re already considering New Orleans as a honeymoon destination. I’m told we’ll have to stay at a hotel with a very good gym. ;-)

    This is the first of any wedding-related contests I’ve entered. Might be APW post material re: free wedding stuff contests. Sometimes it feels like it could be like being in high school again, trolling the internet for college scholarships.

  320. I’m so into train travel it isn’t funny, and I’m trying to talk the husband into a long-distance train trip this summer…

  321. My partner and I are absolutely dying for a chance to see the U.S. from outside of an airplane, and this would be such a cool way to do it! Thank you for this offer!

  322. I have alwayyyysss wanted to take a long train trip somewhere. And after reading about your weekend in New Orleans, I think that would have to be my destination. We would love this trip!

  323. I have been married for 4 years but due to financial situations my husband and I never really had a real honeymoon. We are in the process of buying a house and then start a family soon after so I don’t see us going on a trip any time soon. This would be a goo opportunity for my husband and I to travel the coast of Southern California.

  324. Love this idea!! So romantic. Your pics on instagram have me sold that there is no way to travel BUT Amtrak!! As a east coast transplant to SF who hasn’t taken the time to explore the west coast, that west coast line sounds divine!

  325. I’ve taken the train from Portland to Chicago in a roomette, and would love to do the same down to California with my husband. Awesome!

  326. Oh man – I’ve been lusting after an Amtrak trip since Meg started this whole process. I would so love to win this – but I’m pretty sure I’ll be riding the rails in the near future with or without a win. Crossing my fingers. :)

  327. I do love Amtrak. I wish that the lines on the Eastern corridor were less spendy – it’s the best way to get around out here.

  328. This. Is an awesome idea. At first I was hesitant to enter…there are so many more fabulous women in this community who deserve it more, who honestly need it more, who have been reading for longer (I just found you after my engagement 6 months ago)…but after Meg & Maddie’s post this afternoon about New Orleans I can’t help it. I can’t pass up the opportunity to visit such an amazing place in such an amazing way. And the promise of the Meg Keene New Orleans Itinerary (TM) doesn’t hurt either…

  329. Holy moly! How awesome! I read the New Orleans Book Tour(ish) post first and then scrolled down and became super excited! Sam and I are planning to go to New Orleans for our Honeymoon! And he’s been begging to take the train instead of a bus on one of our DC-NY trips lately and it hasn’t worked out. I was already debating taking the train down there, and now I’m even more convinced.

  330. Sleeping in a bed on a train? Eating awesome food and partaking in delicious drinks? Relaxing? Sounds stunningly divine! Our train experiences took place abroad at the beginning of our relationship and generally entailed overnight trains in “coach” where we had to stay awake for fear of having our belongings stolen (which happened to us! Luckily it was only our leftover pizza and less important items like toothbrushes…but I was going to eat that mangled, delicious, cold pizza for breakfast! Jerks.) or 50+ year old trains with no AC where we had to hold our breath every time we passed through a tunnel because of all the diesel fumes that would come in through the open windows. Some of my favorite travel memories, but I’d love to experience the flip side of train travel!

  331. I’ve always wanted to take a train trip somewhere, and even though we are already married we didn’t take a proper honeymoon, so this would be much appreciated.

  332. yes! regrettably i didn’t book amtrak for an upcoming trip to philly from boston.
    i should have… i really should have.
    but, part of me thinks i was saving train travel for adventures with my hubby.


  333. Oh, yay! I would love to relax on a train for our honeymoon. I can totally picture lounging around, cuddling, and staring at our new rings :)