Best tips for a cross-country Amtrak

When our train chugged out of Union Station in Washington, DC, our month-long planning process was in motion. My then-boyfriend, now-husband Joe and I were set to ride across the United States with nothing but two backpacks and a couple of rail passes. The plan was to spend 16 days in August 2017 rolling from the East Coast to San Francisco via train.

The two of us had been dreaming about a cross-country trip for years, and we figured the train would be easier than driving. In some ways, the train was a more leisurely way to travel. Riding Amtrak allowed us to play rounds of hangman while enjoying the distant mountain view instead of navigating, and to savor a mini bottle of red wine while stretched out in the dining car rather than staring at the open road for hours.

But in other ways, riding across the country on Amtrak was more taxing than we had imagin... Read More

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Best tips for a cross-country Amtrak

When our train chugged out of Union Station in Washington, DC, our month-long planning process was in motion. My then-boyfriend, now-husband Joe and I were set to ride across the United States with nothing but two backpacks and a couple of rail passes. The plan was to spend 16 days in August 2017 rolling from the East Coast to San Francisco via train.

The two of us had been dreaming about a cross-country trip for years, and we figured the train would be easier than driving. In some ways, the train was a more leisurely way to travel. Riding Amtrak allowed us to play rounds of hangman while enjoying the distant mountain view instead of navigating, and to savor a mini bottle of red wine while stretched out in the dining car rather than staring at the open road for hours.

But in other ways, riding across the country on Amtrak was more taxing than we had imagin… Read More

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