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Amtrak Offers ‘August River Runner’ Adventures

To celebrate the end of summer, why not hop aboard a train to relax and discover the fun of other Missouri cities wholly connected by the same whistles and wonder? Tuck away electronic devices and gaze at superb Show-Me sights, second by second, clack by clack. There’s comfort in the rhythm of a train. It keeps stretching, and so does one’s ability to eke out a little more summer. Children ages 2 through 12 can even ride for free with a special program!

Amtrak currently offers the Missouri River Runner through August 27, for which children ride free on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The offer is valid for one free child’s fare when accompanied by a paid, regular/full adult fare. The free child and adult must travel together on the same itinerary and have coach seat tickets issued together.

Today’s railroad cars have come a long way since the first one in 1830. The name “Amtrak” is a portmanteau of the words “America” and “trak,” the latter itself a sensational spelling of “track.”

Plug into the interesting history of Amtrak, which began service on May 1, 1971, to serve 43 states with a total of 21 routes. Amtrak carried 15,848,327 passengers in 1972, its first full year of operation.

Local passengers can travel Missouri one side to the other from St. Louis to Kansas City and back. Or check out other Amtrak communities along the route, such as Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee’s Summit and Independence.

Journeys aboard the Missouri River Runner include convenient amenities. Bicycles can be carried on and stored on a first-come, first-served basis. Food service aboard the Café Car includes sandwiches, pizza, snacks, beverages, wine and beer. And reserved coach class seating features fold-down trays and reading lights. This 283-mile voyage across the state provides riders with unique sightseeing opportunities.

Reservations are required a minimum of one day prior to travel for Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trips.

Every day, an average of 82,000-plus passengers ride more than 300 Amtrak trains. Trains travel through suburban towns, wooded areas with wildlife, over rivers, along quiet roads and down the middle of urban thoroughfares. Why not join happy passengers scooting to summer travel destinations?