An Amazing Amtrak Trip Planned Due To Inclement Weather – Day 46

An Amazing Amtrak Trip Planned Due To Inclement Weather – Day 46
24 Oct

It may sound a little odd that we have planned an amazing Amtrak trip due to inclement weather, but that is exactly what happened.

When we first planned our trip around the country, we researched typical weather conditions for each state. Then based on our route to reach all 50 states in 365 days we made our travel itinerary.

However, we all know that sometimes the best laid out plans don’t always work out.

But sometimes the failed plan leads to other, and sometimes better, opportunities.

pacific Amtrak trip
Sometimes plans that don’t work out lead to even better and more exciting plans.

And that is what we are faced with on day 45 of our trip.

Cutting Weeks Short Due To Weather

When we first set out we had planned to spend 1 week in every state. Of course, some of the bigger states we had planned to spend 2 weeks.

See: Our Dates For The States

Our original plan was to move to a new state every Sunday. That would keep us on track to reach all 50 states by next September.

However, Mother Nature had different plans.

We first ran into an epic snow storm that was expected to hit Montana while we were visiting a few weeks ago.

glacier national park winter
Although this is a gorgeous scene from Glacier National Park, we unfortunately can not camp in conditions like this with temperatures constantly in single digits.

And by epic, I mean a snowstorm that was anticipated to break 80 year old snow total records. Not to mention the deep freeze that would lead temperatures into the single digits.

Therefore, in order to stay safe, we made the decision to stay on the eastern part of the state. Although we left Montana 3 days early, we were hopeful that we could visit the western part of the state as we made our way up through Idaho.

Then there was our stay in Wyoming. Although we made it through most of the state with bearable temperatures, we had to cut our trip short by one day.

Cheyenne, WY was expected to have temperatures in the low teens as a cold front and snow storm approached.

snow in Colorado
We even had a about 4 inches of snow in Denver. But luckily it melted the next day.

Planning to Make Up Days In Montana

So that now put us 4 days ahead of schedule. We thought this would give us enough time to get through Idaho and into western Montana before heading west to Washington.

However, those plans changed when we looked at the weather forecast for the next 10 days.

Unfortunately, another cold front is moving across the Pacific Northwest. Not only are they calling for several inches of snow, but the temperatures will be dipping to near 0 degrees in many of the locations that we planned to visit.

So our plans have switched gears. Yes, we are still going to visit all 50 states. However each state may not get a full week. And in some states, we will be able to stay a little longer.

Amtrak trip on double decker rail car
The best views from the Amtrak will be on the upper level of the double deck rail car.

But for now we have decided to use those extra days to take an amazing Amtrak trip that we both have always dreamed of doing.

A Coast Starlight Amtrak Trip

As we finish our stay in Idaho and move to Washington, we have decided to use the extra days that we have accumulated to take a Coast Starlight Amtrak trip.

Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast.

It has a daily route between Seattle and Los Angeles and passes through Portland, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Barbara.

portland union station
Our Coastal Starlight Amtrak journey will begin and end at Portland Union Station.

This trip has been on our bucket list for a long time. And, lucky for us, as we were on our computers scrolling through social media, an Amtrak advertisement popped up on our screen.

Social Media Advertising For The Win!

Amtrak was holding a 2 day sale for coast to coast trips at 50% off! The only catch was that you had to travel sometime between November 11-29.

We quickly looked at our schedules and as luck would have it, we would be in Portland on November 11th.

We jumped at the dream of a lifetime and booked our trip down the Pacific Coast.

And what better way to make up our extra days lost due to the weather on an Amazing Amtrak ride through Oregon and California.

santa barbara amtrak trip
It is almost surreal that in a few weeks we will be looking at palm trees from the windows of the Amtrak train.

We are so excited to park the truck and camper for a few days to take in the views of the dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline.

Then after a few days of being able to enjoy the views while traveling in an Amtrak train, we will return to our camper and resume our travels in the more conventional way.

The only detail to figure out now is where to park the truck and camper! If you have any experience or suggestions, please feel free to comment or send us an email us at

Happy Traveling! Jim and Mary


  • Day 46 of 365
  • States Visited 8 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 10
  • Stayed In : Boise, Idaho
  • Miles Driven : 205.5
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 6142.5
  • Total Gallons Used : 455.0
  • Biking Miles : 0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 109.6
  • Hiking Miles : 1.7
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 122.2

About Our Living Simple Tour

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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10 thoughts on “An Amazing Amtrak Trip Planned Due To Inclement Weather – Day 46

  1. Perhaps an RV dealership would store your rig safely? Would be a shame to have it stolen 🙁 Wonder if there is a dealership for your model in the Portland area?

  2. Now is probably a good time for an oil change in the truck (6100 miles) While you are having a short rest, now would be a good time for the truck and camper to have a wellness check You have a long way to go!!

    1. We will definitely need an oil change (may even before Portland). But yes, having it at a dealership would be ideal!!

  3. It was great seeing you both today in Riggins, Idaho!!! We hope you enjoy your stay in our beautiful state of Idaho and look forward to hearing about the rest of your adventures! Blessings to you both!!!

    1. Marilyn – it was great seeing you as well and so great to run in to you and your husband! So glad you stopped to talk to us –
      We are loving Idaho and look forward to the rest of the trip as well!

      1. I have always wanted to do an Amtrak trip.
        Excited to hear all about it. I do hope that the fires in California will not ruin your plans.

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