An Epic Rail Journey: 9357 miles aboard Amtrak.
This trip report will cover roughy 3.5 weeks of rail travel, including travel on the Northeast Regional from Stamford to Penn Station and returning,, Silver Meteor from New York Penn to Miami, and back. Lake Shore Limited from Croton on Hudson to Chicago, and then the return 11 days later, from Chicago to Rochester, the Southwest Chief, from Chicago to Los Angeles, and last but not least the Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited from Los Angeles to Chicago via San Antonio.
For the Florida trip, I’ll be traveling with my girlfriend, and for the western adventure, I’ll be going solo.
The schedule is as follows:
01/3: MIA-NYP-STM (+1)
01/6: CRT-CHI (+1)
1/7: CHI-LAX (+2)
01/14: LAX-CHI (+3)
01/17: CHI-ROC (+1)\
All of this travel will be done in roomettes.
I guess the most apparent question is: why the train for a journey of this size?
Well, for the Florida leg, it was actually cheaper for 2 tickets and a roomette, round trip, than it would have been to get two coach plane tickets, round trip. And for the Los Angeles portion of the trip, I figured it would be fun to see some more scenery. I’ve done the SWC from LAX to CHI in June with my girlfriend, and we enjoyed it. Haven’t done the SWC westbound before, so that’ll be something different. Then, to avoid too much repetition, I’ll be taking the TE/SL back to Chicago.
I’ll be bringing along a DSLR, and updating this post as the trip goes on. So get excited for this report!
I’m looking forward to doing a (relatively) live report.
Posting this in advance, to see if anyone has any particular recommendations/suggestions/tips for the trip, and also to get everyone excited!