Amtrak's shiny and large trains travel to all the major US cities and cross some of the country's most spectacular scenery. Reading a book, letting your thoughts fall apart, sleeping horizontally and generally enjoying most of the comforts of home is a lot more fun than being isolated over the clouds or walking across endless road signs.
Amtrak operates almost all passenger trains in America and the following are some of the most enjoyable scenic routes:
The Californian Zephyr is one of the world's largest trains, traveling from Chicago to San Francisco through America and the heart of Colorado's high humiliation, then climbing to the Rockies through the Oregon Trail. Pioneers came here, as did the Golden Reflectors, Pony Express and the first inland telegraph. After Salt Lake City, the Bonneville salt flats and the beautiful but dangerous Sierra Nevada are crossed.
Sunset Limited's epic journey takes you from coast to coast from New Orleans to Los Angeles. The train goes through a dizzying passage of the Mississippi River on the Hui Phi Long Bridge in Crescent City before traveling between white-tipped vines, alligators, estates and sugarcane fields. After San Antonio, he joins the Rio Grande, taking a day to traverse the Cypress and the Texas souvenir guarantee.
The Southwestern Head travels between Chicago and the Pacific, following part of the Santa Fe Trail that was first used by Native Americans, Spanish occupiers, wagon trains, and stage coaches. You cross the Mojave Desert and past the famous Dodge & # 39; City [Boot Hill] burial ground. From Williams, Arizona, you can travel to the Grand Canyon by train.
The Crescent moves from New York to New Orleans through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the idyllic Shenandoah National Park with forests and cedars. Across Atlanta are sleepy southern towns with quaint general stores and bleached houses from the sun. The train also undergoes a dramatic crossing of Lake Fontaine, and spans a few feet above the water on a six-mile course.
Coast Starlight operates between Seattle and Los Angeles through Washington, Oregon and California. It passes some of the highest mountains in America, such as the volcano, as well as the emerald and waterfalls of the Twin Country. Across San Luis Obispo, it runs on high cliff-top rails, with great views of the surf and the quiet beaches.