I'm planning to take a railroad trip from New York City to Albany via Amtrak (Adirondack route) end of February, for scenery purposes, but I am a bit worried I will only see lots of snow, so is it snowy on that route this time of the year?


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    In my view a rail trip is worth it any time of the year and snow covered landscape may well be great for you as well. That is the opinion based answer.
    – Willeke
    Jan 14 at 13:22
  • yeah I like rail trips too but with 3 to 5 hours of snow? not sure it would be worth the price, I might just cut it short and turn back :)
    – Ayyash
    Jan 14 at 13:26
  • That is why I edited the header of the question for you, so you get more relevant information.
    – Willeke
    Jan 14 at 13:27
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    Seeing snow for 3-5 hours would be awesome for many people. Me included. I may pay more to see more snow - just saying :-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Jan 14 at 16:37

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In February in upstate New York, you will very likely see snow on the ground. The 2022-2023 winter has been a little warmer than normal, but expect some snow.

If you are concerned that all you will see out the windows of the train is a solid wall of snow, that is very unlikely. That would mean that there would have to be about 7 feet (2.1 meters) of snow on the ground. Even in the snowiest part of the winter that is an extraordinary amount of snow for the Hudson Valley.

In late February I would expect it to look a bit like this: Poughkeepsie Park in Winter

You may have between 2 – 3 inches (5 – 7 cm) on the ground.

There are a few options in heading north from New York City along the Hudson. You can take Metro North (commuter rail) as far north as Poughkeepsie. You will see the southern part of the Hudson Valley and there are some things to see and do in the area, such as Hyde Park (FDR Presidential Library) or the Culinary Institute of America. Since this is commuter rail the trains run often.

Albany is further north, Amtrak runs regular service here. On average it will be about 1 train per hour each way so you can be a little flexible with the travel. The Adirondack goes through Albany, as well as the Ethan Allen Express. Empire service also serves Albany.

Once you go north of Albany on the train you do need to be aware of the schedule. The Adirondack runs once a day each way. If you go north of Albany on the train, you will be spending the night since the next train will be on the following day.

It really depends on what you want to see, how long you want to take and how much snow is too much.

  • Thank you, I decided to just ride the train straight to Washington DC, less snow, less time, and sort of cheaper :)
    – Ayyash
    Jan 31 at 9:41

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