Posted 13 May 2018 - 02:37 PM
Whether to take the Capitol Limited (which is what I usually take), the Lake Shore Limited or the Cardinal to Chicago, you will change trains in Chicago and will take the Empire Builder from Chicago to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP).
If traveling over the summer (when the Lake Shore Limited is not going to NY Penn), I would go from Newark to Washington DC and take the Capitol Limited to Chicago. If you are in a roomette on the Capitol Limited, you are entitled to wait in the Club Acela in WAS. Boarding for the Capitol Limited will be from the Club Acela lounge. If you are in a roomette on either the Capitol Limited or Empire Builder, you should be use the Metropolitan Lounge in Chicago. They announce boarding from that lounge and it is a comfortable place to wait.
If traveling after the summer, I would consider taking the Lake Shore Limited from NYP to CHI. However, generally, the fares on the Lake Shore Limited are more than those on the Capitol Limited (but not always).
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