Took Amtrak from Philadelphia to Idaho. 2½ days. First night I had a sleeper car. The second night I slept in coach.
I loved every minute of it.
Bar car. Get up walk around. No traffic, just relaxing.
If you're not in a hurry it's a great way to see the country.
I used to take the train from college (near LA) to my families home (near SF) since I didn't have a car. It was about a 10 hour ride but since the train had outlets I would play Skyrim on my laptop. Very relaxing ride tbh, if you weren't in a hurry.
PSA from a frequent Amtrak rider. First of all check out /r/Amtrak and /r/trains for more info and great photos like this. This is the observation car, available to all passengers on all long distance trains. Tickets for long distance trains normally range from a coach seat (usually a bit cheaper than planes if you book in advance) which have much more legroom than airplane seats but are still seats, to sleeper cabins (they can range from a bit above plane tickets to a decent amount above). There are routes across the country (all states except alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming and south Dakota) and long distance routes run daily or a few times per week, shorter distance trains run multiple times per day. For more info look at https://amtrak.com
some really good info there.
I like the design of those chairs. Has a space scifi feel to it.
It would be awesome to get more funding for a better national rail system in the US. It's a fun way to travel even if it's not efficient for a country as big as ours.
I bought a rail pass in 2002 and went all across the U.S. and Canada for a month. These things were awesome. On certain legs they would invite experts on the area to talk about what we were seeing. It was a phenomenal experience. I think the rail pass was like $600 back then.
Wow. This is so cool. Where / what / when / how much is it?
This is the highlight for me when I take the Amtrak from St Louis to Chicago. If I take it to Kansas City, this car isn't available. It makes the trip worth it. Since fucking terrorists haven't used a train against America, we are free to bring aboard ice chests filled with beer and food for the trip. I shit you not. So imagine sitting in one of these fairly comfortable seats with a beer in your hand as you enjoy the passing scenery with incredible lighting.