Coast to Coast Train Travel Across the America10:30 AM
Traveling coast to coast by train across the United States is one of the world’s greatest travel e...
Traveling coast to coast by train across the United States is one of the
world’s greatest travel experiences. Amazingly, it’s also one of the
world’s greatest travel bargains — the 3,400-mile trip can cost as
little as $200.
America Coast to Coast
The American railroads are reminiscent of a bygone era. These were the trains that tamed the Wild West, fueled the Gold Rush, and served as the backbone of the Industrial Revolution. At its peak, it was the most luxurious mode of transportation that money could buy. Alas, the golden age of American railroads came to an end. Automobiles arrived and the airplane industry took off. Soon, many railroad companies had to cut losses and ceased their passenger services.
Train Service in The USA; at a GlanceThis route map shows where Amtrak trains run. Each of the very long-distance transcontinental routes shown in blue has one daily train, except for New York to Florida with 2 trains a day and the Sunset Limited (New Orleans-San Antonio-Los Angeles) which runs 3 times a week. Important short distance routes (for example, Washington-New York-Boston or Los Angeles-San Diego) have regular intercity services and are shown in red. It's easy to check Amtrak train times at www.amtrak.com, just use their online booking system.
Is Amtrak the only passenger train service in the US?
How long does it take to drive from New York to Los Angeles?
How long does it take to fly from Los Angeles to New York?
How long would it take to drive across the country?
Assuming you drive with the flow of traffic, your best rolling average will be somewhere around 75 mph. To maximize your overall average, you will want to minimize time stopped.
1. Only stop for gas
2. Only use the bathroom while pumping gas.
3. Trade off with your co-driver at every gas stop.
4. Bring your own food with low glycemic index to avoid spikes in blood-sugar.
Relax and enjoy the scenery.
BTW, the idea of spending about 5 days doing this sounds really great. You could sight-see, eat in local restaurants, and get some sleep
The Coast Starlight connects Los Angeles and Seattle and goes through some pretty amazing terrain (this Instavideo proves it!). When you travel on it, you’ll see the snow on the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta and some of the West Coast’s coolest cities (Portland, Seattle, Bay Area). Did we mention this awesome photo opp just north of San Luis Obispo, Calif.?
Maybe the coolest part about the Coast Starlight is the Pacific Parlour Car. Trust us, this ain’t your grandma’s parlour. It’s got WiFi, comfy couches, tables for games or laptops and it’s own cafe.
Aside from the ones mentioned above my votes are for the Adirondack for views of the Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains, the Empire Builder between Seattle and Spokane as well as between Minneapolis and Milwaukee, the Southwest Chief for views of New Mexico and the Painted Desert, the Crescent for the wonderful swamps of the South, the Texas Eagle for stunning views of the wide open spaces of Northern and Central and West Texas and to catch glimpses of the St Louis Arch and the Capitol Limited has some beautiful views through Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Oh and the Pennsylvanian has some good views as well.