I once considered doing something similar for a longer train trip. But instead of connecting in DC, take the Cardinal east to Charlottesville, then Crescent south, then CONO back. Too bad I think the part between Jackson, MS and New Orleans is still being bussed, due to a spillway bridge somewhere in MS or LA still being closed due to high water levels. Correct me anyone on this board if I'm wrong, and Amtrak service south of Jackson has been restored on the CONO. With my just completed trip out to Glacier National Park(west to West Glacier, east and back from East Glacier Park), that now is my longest train trip I've done on Amtrak. I hope I get to see more of the EB train route, down the road. Maybe next time in the Glacier area, I'll at least do some sort of brief stop in Whitefish to check out that town? Whitefish really seems like it'd be an interesting enough town, to visit at least once. And of course, I'm sure the Seattle and Portland EB branches would have some interesting towns along the way(i.e. Leavenworth, WA on Seattle branch, Wishram on the Portland branch). And hey, maybe for all I know even Spokane and/or Sandpoint would be interesting places to visit?