An easy way to travel around the USA is taking one of their famous rail journeys, covering thousands of miles and stopping off at some amazing places along the way.
Where to start?
Once you have decided to travel around the USA by rail, you can start to plan your route. An easy way to do this is to use Great Rail, who have maps with routes and connections all set up ready for your journey planning to begin.
The option for rail travel in the USA is endless, going from east to west or north to south. You can plan your flights to America at the same time as you organize the train route.
Many people choosing to take a train ride across America may have got their inspiration from watching a film that does just that; one of the epic rail movies from the golden age of Hollywood is a good idea.
One very beautiful journey is called the California Zephyr which starts in the Windy City Chicago and travels across the American heartland over the Rockies and Utah desert towards its final destination of San Francisco. The trip involves a two-night sleep on the train and there are also many places you can disembark at to enjoy the scenery or sample the cuisine.
The train journeys available can cater for any of your needs, with most having top quality dining and sleeping facilities available. If you have chosen to travel coast-to-coast, then the Trans-American Rail Tour is the one for you as the whole package includes flights, hotels and all transport for the 21-day holiday of a lifetime.
This trip starts off in San Francisco and ends in New York covering a staggering 2,900 miles, but the stops and scenery will be something you will always remember.
Another option is to take a trip along the historic east coast. This was one of the first areas of the USA to be colonized by 16th century Europeans, and some of the little villages and large towns found en route are fascinating. When in Boston, try and stop off at Bunker Hill and, if you have time, follow The Freedom Trail.
The USA is a massive country and taking a rail tour is one of the easiest ways to take in all the splendors that it has to offer. You can travel from LA to New York or visit the Old South, stopping off at Nashville, New Orleans and even Memphis, Tennessee – wherever you choose to go you will most certainly have a unique adventure.
This guest post was brought to you in partnership with Great Rail Journeys.