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Among the fall season’s finer attributes (see: apple picking, ankle boots, pumpkin carving), the colorful show of fall foliage might be the crème de la crème. And there’s no better place to catch it than on a train ride through pastoral hills. 

While you could plan a leaf-peepin’ road trip (alongside the other fall rubberneckers), there’s a much more relaxing way to watch the show: from an Amtrak. 

For today only, Amtrak is running a Fall Getaway Flash Sale, which means travelers can save 50 percent on train fare for travel that takes place between November 11 and November 29 (with blackout dates on November 26 and 27). That’s prime fall vacay time.

Make a quick jaunt from Washington, D.C., to Charleston, South Carolina, New York to Chicago or even Chicago to Memphis for $55 one way. (Quite the deal.) West Coasters can travel from San Francisco to Denver for $73, Seattle to Portland for a mere $18 and Los Angeles to Albuquerque for $42, among many other destinations.

Before you get to booking, note that this sale applies to all routes that strike your fancy with the exception of the Auto Train, Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service (locally between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), Capitol Corridor, Hiawatha, and Pacific Surfliner and 7000-8999 Thruways.

Prime fall foliage viewing, a simple means of travel that doesn’t involve us sitting in traffic and a great deal all in one? We’re totally putting our wanderlust where our mouth is and booking a quick getaway right now.

Additional reporting by Lex Goodman

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