How was my trip to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois by Amtrak train from Syracuse, NY? It was a long ride, about 12 hours to Chicago from Syracuse. Then it was about 2 hours to Champaign-Urbana, but it was inexpensive, a senior ticket cost me $202 round trip, from Syracuse, NY. The layover in Chicago was too long, over 6 hours but you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago, during that time. The Food Court offers a wide variety of vendors/restuarants. Jamba Juice and Chinese food, good for the waist line and stomach, were my favorites. Someone set a garbage can on fire outside of Union Station across from CVS phamarcy store. That's entertainment. An India foundation party in the former grand/great room train terminal added live band music. I didn't get a chance to go inside, because I wasn't invited, but I heard the sounds without seeing the band. I suspect the train schedule planners want weary travelers spend some of their travel and vacation money in Chicago before leaving their windy city who knows. So it makes sense to find an inexpensive and a good quality hotel or Inn upon your arrival to your destination. La Quinta was able to fit my budget and was a quiet place for me to rest after a long train ride and trip. It was $189 dollars for a King size bed and a flat screen Samsung T.V. and bath and shower with self-service breakfast (Belgian waffles were the best). There was a market place/mall and a Panera Bread restaurant in walking distance and nearby. The whole trip turned out to be a easy ride after all. I was also able to see some autumn foliage before the winter season arrived along the way.
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