Washington to Washington: A trip across the U.S. on Amtrak (photos)
(Source: Huffington Post, February 3, 2013)
I just spent roughly 63 hours on trains from Washington, D.C. to Seattle and I did it for fun. Seattle was merely the destination printed on my ticket. My real destination was the way I got there: Amtrak's Capitol Limited and Empire Builder, two fine long distance services of the national passenger railroad.
There's certainly a faster way to make the trip. In fact, I flew back to D.C.
But lost at 35,000 feet is the ability to truly experience this vast country and its people. I read an edition of the Minot Daily News, met fascinating people from places like Rugby and Williston, N.D., slept in a comfortable roomette (Amtrak's most basic sleeping car accommodation) for 3 nights and ate (usually) delicious food with strangers in the dining car.
Full story: Huffington Post
Monday, February 04, 2013