Hello all! I did a quick search and didn't see this question answered before, but I apologize if it's a rehash. I'm flying from Portland, OR to Syracuse, NY to spend Christmas with friends in Vermont. I've decided to take the train back across the country on my way back, something I've always wanted to do! My friends think it's crazy, but I'm looking forward to it so much! Here are my questions though: I plan on taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland from Dec. 28-30. Should I brace myself for a full car packed with post-holiday travelers? Or will it be quieter during that lull week between Christmas and New Years? Does anyone have any experience during this time on the Empire Builder? I've bought my coach seats for the trip, but I just noticed that a Roommette on the Empire Builder is $500 extra. I think I might be able to afford that upgrade in a few weeks (I'm a poor college student), but it worries me that the website currently says that only 2 roommettes are left. This might be a silly question, but do you think it'll still be available in a month? Or do the roommettes sell out pretty quickly? And is upgrading my ticket easy? Are the roommettes noticeably more comfortable than a regular coach seat? My biggest concern is getting to sleep on the train. Are the coach seats adequate and spacious enough (I'm 6'3!)? Ok, thank you so much for any information you can provide! I'm really excited about this trip, and anything I can do to make it more comfortable and enjoyable I'll do!