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 theworld’s greatest travel bargains — the 3,400-mile trip can cost aslittle as $200.
America Coast to Coast
The American railroads are reminiscent of a bygone era. These were thetrains that tamed the Wild West, fueled the Gold Rush, and served as the backbone of the Industrial Revolution. At its peak, it was the mostluxurious mode of transportation that money could buy. Alas, the goldenage of American railroads came to an end. Automobiles arrived and theairplane industry took off. Soon, many railroad companies had to cutlosses and ceased their passenger services.
Train Service in The USA; at a Glance
This 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 besomewhere 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. Youcould 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 forviews of the Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains, theEmpire Builder between Seattle and Spokane as well as betweenMinneapolis and Milwaukee, the Southwest Chief for views of New Mexicoand the Painted Desert, the Crescent for the wonderful swamps of theSouth, the Texas Eagle for stunning views of the wide open spaces ofNorthern and Central and West Texas and to catch glimpses of the StLouis Arch and the Capitol Limited has some beautiful views throughPennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Oh and the Pennsylvanian hassome good views as well.
How long does it take to get to New York from California?
How many days does it take to drive from New York to California?
A cross-country road trip is a rite of passage for all Americans,whether you’re 18 or 81. The drive from San Francisco to New Yorkpromises rolling fields, rocky mountains and plenty of cheesy roadsideattractions. You have a choice of routes; if you’re in a hurry, it’spossible to drive straight across the country in four or five days, aroute that’s nearly 3,000 miles long. If you have time, go out of yourway to explore and see the sights, but plan to spend 10 to 14 days onthe road. The trip requires some planning, but once your maps areproperly folded and your gas tank is full, hit the road with an openmind and get ready for a trip you’ll never forget.