I will be taking this ride as a solo traveler. Only one "regular" aisle seat was available. What are the odds of upgrading to the parlor car if there is a no show? If so, which is better: a "drivers side" (right) seat in a regular car, or a "passenger side" seat (left) in the parlor car.
Also, do you have to stay in your assigned seats, or are there other cars with observation decks available?
I'll answer as best I can. I tried to upgrade to the Parlor Car on the day of our trip, but it was full. But the "regular" car where our seats were had a few empty seats on both sides, including window seats. Seat assignments (except for empty seats) are observed initially, but become more fluid as the trip progresses; especially on the return trip. Others will want to switch sides also, so you can probably arrange that with little problem. Regardless, a window seat is much better than an aisle seat, especially if you want to take photos.
Im not sure if they will let you switch to another seat thays something you will have to discuss with them. To be honest it doesnt matter what car you are in the view is amazing from them all. Also when the train is in route you cant go outside but you can move about the train. The view from both sides is amazing but your better off on thw left side when you leave out as most of the view is on the left side. They serve dinner which is a delight and gives you the chance to move about the train as well. Hopefully this is a bit of help to you. And have a safe and enjoyable trip
When we traveled, we were located on the driver side left. For us, we had a table to ourselves so I opted to sit across from my date oppose to next to.
Although, most travelers seem to stay in their assigned seats. Once the train is in motion, we could have moved into the next car where the food is served from because it was empty other than staff. There isn't an observation deck unless you have the caboose but we were able to walk entire train to observe the surroundings. We had a very relaxed time and the staff are extremely accommodating. Enjoy!
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