Have you ever travelled by train? It is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever live and it is a great way to truly be exposed to the truth and beauty of a place.
If you have time and are willing to do something different outside your daily routine, taking a long train trip is a great alternative to air travel or a long car ride. You can just sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy the amazing landscapes through your window, free from the worries of everyday life. If you don´t know how to start planning your trip and don´t want to go crazy in the process, there´s a guy who actually found the way to travel across the States for a bit over $200 and here we tell you how:
Meet Derek Low, a 24 year-old engineer who lives in San Francisco. He loves travelling and came up with an awesome plan to jump on a train that will take you from coast to coast for a very accessible price.
The route goes from San Francisco to New York and covers around 3,400 scenic miles. If you purchase your ticket through California Zephyr tickets, travelling from San Francisco to Chicago will cost only $130. You can extend your trip by transferring to the Lake Shore Limited train for an additional $83 and if my math is correct the total would be only $213.
You will get the chance to see places like Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, and New York, enjoy stunning views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevada mountains and more.
To get even more stunning views, sitting in the “Sightseer Lounge car” is a must! It features floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable chairs and if you like learning new interesting things everyday you can also enjoy the narration from historians and park rangers along the way, cool huh?
Whether you believe it or not, sleeping on a train isn’t so bad according to Low. And consider that this is something that you will do once in a lifetime, it is an adventure that you will definitely never forget. “The seats are spacious with plenty of legroom and they recline a good 40 degrees. They’re more comfortable than economy class seats on planes; perhaps something more like business class on a crappy domestic airline,” Derek says.
If you don’t want to sleep in a seat, you can upgrade to a roomette or sleeping car. But, it will cost you because you will have a private bathroom and other more personalized services.
“The experience rewards you with far more stories and experiences and sights than you could ever witness alone in a car, eyes fixed to the road, or on a five-hour flight across the country,” Low says.
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