En español | Amtrak, which runs 15 long-distance routes, offers white-tablecloth service and communal seating on most routes west of the Mississippi, and on the Auto Train. On other routes, sleeping-car passengers can dine in their cabins, or in a reserved communal area. Other passengers can buy food in the café car.
Here are six popular trips. Except when noted, they can be booked directly through Amtrak.com or using the Amtrak app.
Virginia native Larry Bleiberg is president of the Society of American Travel Writers, a frequent contributor to BBC Travel and the creator of CivilRightsTravel.com.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on January 3, 2020. It's been updated to reflect new information.