Across the USA by Train for Just $213

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    Sep 22, 2015 4:06 PM GMT
    Across the USA by Train for Just $213


    http://dereklow.co/across-the-usa-by-train-for-just-213/
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    Sep 23, 2015 9:08 AM GMT
    Great travelogue. This is now on my 'to do' list, along with the Canadian transcontinental train journey.

    http://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/trains/rockies-and-pacific/toronto-vancouver-canadian

    Actually that gives me an idea - What a trip:

    Toronto - Vancouver by train
    Vancouver - San Francisco by rental car
    San Francisco - NYC by train
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    Sep 23, 2015 4:13 PM GMT
    That was VERY cool! I liked his Singapore Airlines saga, as well; he's an articulate young man w/ a good sense of humor. And a cutie, too!
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    Sep 24, 2015 6:34 AM GMT
    The Zephyr is one of the world's great train rides indeed! Alas, I've never done the portion of it which is most handy, the San Francisco to Reno portion which goes through the High Sierra alongside now Interstate 80 for much of the route. However, I have done the Denver to Salt Lake portion, which takes a day and is gorgeous the whole route, especially when viewed from the Dome Car. I had a fresh trout meal in the dining car as the train skirted along the canyon of the Colorado River outside the window.

    I'd love to do the whole four day trip to New York City, having done many of the world's great train rides already!
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    Sep 24, 2015 12:51 PM GMT
    Now one of my friends is gung-ho to do this. I like the idea I don't think I could handle more than one night in a row without a bed, though, so I'd probably want to get a sleeper (which jacks the price up quite a bit).

    I was originally going to take the Cascades from Portland to Seattle next week but my friend decided to drive because he thinks we'll need a car while in WA.
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    Sep 24, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    The PDX-SEA Cascades is a very doable and enjoyable option; friends and I take it all the time when visiting and connecting in one or the other city. Great scenery, downtown to downtown, and reasonable fares if you plan ahead. Also, both cities have good public transit, and I've found both very workable w/o a car.
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    Sep 24, 2015 8:06 PM GMT
    The trip actually cost him $429. For a long trip like that, I'd definitely recommend paying extra for a sleeper car.
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    Sep 24, 2015 8:38 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidThe PDX-SEA Cascades is a very doable and enjoyable option; friends and I take it all the time when visiting and connecting in one or the other city. Great scenery, downtown to downtown, and reasonable fares if you plan ahead. Also, both cities have good public transit, and I've found both very workable w/o a car.


    We were originally going to do that. He lives in Portland and rarely drives in town because the transit is so good. He changed his mind because we have to go to an event on Bainbridge Island at night and would be trying to get home after the buses stop running.