There are so many ways that one can travel nowadays, you can take an air plane and be in a new country in a matter of hours, you can take a cruise and take your time crossing oceans and seeing things you may never see from an air plane. Of course, you can travel by car. And then there is traveling by rail, while this may seem like an archaic way of traveling it is still a very popular way to travel from one city the next. Many think that trains are just for commuting or for traveling small distances, but there is nothing like planning a journey across the nation on a train and seeing the land like you may never see it again. When planning a trip across the nation there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, know that you will be on the train for long stretches of time without getting off, for many this is perfectly fine, for others the idea of this is stressful and causes anxiety. However, if you think that you can easily handle being in a train for long periods of time then keep reading to find out how to plan the perfect trip across the United States on a train.

While making the journey across the United States you will see that is a once in a life time experience. While planning to embark on this adventurous journey, here are some of the things you need to know:

  • Many journeys like DC to Chicago will take you only one overnight trip to get there.
  • Booking online, you will pay about $186 from New York to Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. This small fee takes you all the way across the entire United States, it is not as expensive as an airplane ticket.
  • There are different trains that go across the United States. One of the best trains is “the California Zephyr” this particular train goes from Chicago to San Francisco, Boston to Chicago, or Washington DC to Chicago. It’s one of the most popular trains because it will quickly take across the country, but it also passes by some of the most stunning views in all the United States.
  • The Cardinal is another train that you can choose for your journey. It moves from Washington DC and New York to Chicago three times in a week, passing through Indianapolis. It is a slower train compared to the California Zephyr, and it doesn’t offer full meals but does have a food cart where you can purchase snacks.

These are just a few of the important things to keep in mind while planning the journey, make sure you select a train that is right for your journey, that goes at the speed you want and that provides the kind of meals or food that you are after. All of these aspects will have an effect on how much you will enjoy your journey by train all the way across the United States.