My husband and I (we will be 71 and 70 respectively) are planning a trip to the USA during August / September 2018 and would like to do as much as possible by train. We are from South Africa and our flight arrives in Washington DC.
1. Our thoughts are to start in Washington DC and travel across the "middle of the USA" to San Francisco - for the first leg. We would like to visit Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City along the way, which means we will need to stop and re-commence our journey. Hence will not be catching a non-stop train. Where to sleep and where to visit when we stop??
2. Our second leg will be from San Francisco non-stop to LA. We'd like to get off in LA for a visit. (We have driven that coast before so we will not be getting off before LA).
3. Third leg = From LA to St. Louis via Albuquerque and Kansas City - where to stop and what to do along this route please?
4. Our final destination is Onemo in Virginia or nearest - probably Norfolk. Do we drive from St. Louis or can we take a scenic train ride to the coast?
We like our basic creature comforts of toilet, shower and reasonable sleeping accommodation without being pretentious. We want to take advantage of seeing as much of the beautiful areas as possible and sleep during the not-so-pretty portions.
We only have three weeks to reach Onemo where we would like to spend a week visiting friends.
We have NO experience of Amtrak and would appreciate and welcome input from all you learned and experienced travelers. What to see, where to stay, and any other wisdom you have to share with us. Make suggestions and assist as much as you are happy to.
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