Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

I have a few other long-form blog posts in my drafts, but not the time tonight to finishing them. So, I return to The Daily Post for another prompt! For NaBloPoMo, Day 12...

Trains, Planes, and AutomobilesYou’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)

Choo Choo! Taking a cross-country train trip is on my travel wish list (a blog post forthcoming). There are a couple of reasons why I believe trains are the best mode of transportation for a cross-country trip:

  1. The train is — generally speaking stress free. There’s no driving, you can sit back with a book or a good friend, without the stress of having to keep your attention on the road. I’ve taken the train up to Chicago a few times with friends and I’ve enjoyed our conversations. I say generally speaking, because there are often delays, so if you are trying to get somewhere on a schedule, the train is not the right option.
  2. Leg room. You have so much space at your seat on the train. You have enough space that you can lay down and nap, unlike a plane or car. The amount of leg room on the train is triple what you’d get on a plane.
  3. Amenities. There are nice large restrooms, power outlets at every seat, and a dining car on the train. If you were driving, you’d have to make stops for restrooms or gas. Cross-country trains have even more amenities, which make them even more fun.
  4. Seeing the heart of America. Train cars have the best views. The large windows give you an unobstructed view of our landscape. Train tracks weave through our cities and rural areas in ways cars do not, allowing a different view of our countryside. When you’re driving, the destruction from the highway often means there aren’t fun things to see as you drive. With the train, there’s plenty to look at.

I would love the opportunity to take a cross-country train trip, either from Chicago to Los Angeles, Chicago to Seattle, or Chicago to New Orleans. The Pullman Rail Journeys is particularly alluring and definitely an even more authentic way to travel by train. I can’t deny it: I love the nostalgia factor of the train. I hope I can go on a cross-country train trip soon.

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