Greetings to all the learned travellers of Amtrak on this forum ! I come from a land far far way ( India, to be exact) . After years and years of dreaming about it , I am finally about to embark on a journey of a lifetime , a 45 day trip across the US . Even though I absolute love planning the details of the trip, I am a bit stuck here, as the US is just too huge to be able to cover everything. So my fellow travellers , I come to you with a call for guidance !
The only thing that is firm right now are my O&D dates and cities. ( Reach Phoenix on the 21st of Nov and leave from NYC on the 10th of Jan). What happens between them is a mystery which i need to solve, with your help of course. Currently, my plan is to be able to travel from PHX to NYC by train, via the many great towns/cities of the US. However, from what i understand , the AMTRAK service isn’t spread out throughout the country and so can be an obstacle in this plan . Although it would be great to be able to cover the trip via trains only, i guess buses (Greyhound ?) is also an option. Also, being a foreigner , I may be ignorant of a lot of places which i may want to visit during the trip. I am not really interested in seeing architecture and popular places in big cities . I would rather go to smaller towns and get to experience the culture there. This is going to be a budget trip , and therefore wouldn’t want to splurge a lot.
The priority is of course to be able to cover all these spots by train . I would really appreciate some inputs from all of you here , as I attempt to plan and embark on this journey of a lifetime !