From now until September 24, Amtrak will run its Great Dome Car on select trains on its 145-mile-long Downeaster route (with stops between Boston and Brunswick, Maine). The vintage cars were built in 1955 and outfitted with upper levels that feature windows on all sides, including their roofs -- which make them perfect for gawking at nature's mutable splendors. Amtrak's encouraging passengers to shuffle in and out of its Great Dome Cars to allow everyone a change to see the foliage, but we should say this: seating is strictly first-come, first-served on the Dome Cars.
The best of this is that it's available at the same price as regular Amtrak service. You just have to make sure you're riding a train fitted with one of these cars. Fortunately, that's not guesswork. According to Amtrak, here are the trains that will be fitted with these special cars until September 24. If you're booking trips, make sure you grab one of these on the Amtrak site: