There's so much to explore in the South, and luckily, traveling doesn't have to be super expensive. You can take a train from Alabama to New Orleans this summer for just $25. You'll pass endless forests of evergreen trees, sunny skies, and sparkling blue waters on this scenic journey to Nola. Crack open a good book and get cozy for this pretty ride by the countryside.\nRight now, tickets through the South are super cheap this month, ranging from $25 to $49 before fees. You'll be taking the Amtrak Crescent Train, which shuttles passengers between New York, Atlanta, and New Orleans. The tracks wind through picturesque landscapes in the summertime when the South is lush and green.\nThe ride is about 7 hours and 30 minutes long, so there's plenty of time to dig into that new novel you've meant to read or sketch some drawings of the window views. Bring a travel blanket and pillow and get mega-cozy.\nView this post on Instagram The life is a journey, enjoy the way 👣 . . . . . #goingtomiami #exchangestudent #travelphotography #miamistation #EUA A post shared by Cassiane Santos (@santoscassianee) on Mar 5, 2019 at 6:39pm PST\nThis gorgeous trip includes a 7-mile journey on a bridge over a shimmering lake. You won't believe the views you'll get while traveling over Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. You'll be surrounded by sparkling blue waters and feel like you're gliding right across the surface.\nView this post on Instagram #amtrak #train #traintracks #traintravel A post shared by Shawn (@rxguysc) on Oct 27, 2016 at 10:01am PDT\nYou can browse the Car Cafe menu on the train and enjoy some tasty eats while you ride. Check out the menu before you go and pick what you want ahead of time. The ride leaves at lunchtime in Bama and arrives around dinnertime in Nola.\nView this post on Instagram On our last night on the train @zachspassport asked us to close our eyes and think about our favorite memory of our trip. I immediately thought of this day in glacier national park. Funny thing is I was so sick, pretty sure I had a fever on and off the entire day. But I love it so much bc 1. Glacier was spectacularly beautiful and had me in awe by it's grandeur. 2. Bc I had the pleasure of sitting next to @mikeseehagel all day. I had not had a chance to really chat w him before that point. Mike is an incredible photographer and animator. He took a risk and quit his full time job the day before we left for the #PassportExpress to chase his dreams as a freelancer! I got to learn about his adorable wife @byginni who I'm quite sure is part elvish princess. Mike is incredibly unassuming, never seeking attention, but if you listen close he says the wittiest comments ever that will have you in tears laughing. He's kind and thoughtful and has a heart of gold! I'm so so happy he was a part of this trip! Pic by the cutest Londoner whose laugh could brighten the darkest of days, @h_cato! A post shared by Ruthie Lindsey (@ruthielindsey) on Sep 26, 2015 at 2:00pm PDT\nAmtrak tickets at this price may not last long. If you book a ride soon, before you know it you'll feel like you're traveling through a perfect summer postcard.\nBirmingham to New Orleans\nPrice: Starting at $25\nWhen: Select dates in June\nAddress: Birmingham, AL to New Orleans, LA\nWhy You Need To Go: Travel from Bama to Nola and get picturesque views of the countryside. \nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.