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A Crazy Question! Looking for suggestions from Rail travelers who have done something similar to a round robbin rail Cleveland, OH - Jacksonville, FL - Scottsdale, AZ - LA,CA - Portland, OR - Chicago, IL - Cleveland, OH trip of sveral weeks. Thank You, R & E Oney rononey@yahoo.com
  • RON
     asked this on December 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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Hi Ron, great question! I did a similar trip around the US many years ago, so can offer some insights. First up, I'd be inclined to skip the Florida leg and instead train it over to Chicago, from where you can travel south to New Orleans and then west via Arizona and California. The train is a great way to travel, and I found the seats and service on Amtrak to be excellent. Only thing I would note is that it can be very, very slow, with passenger services giving way to freight trains (my Seattle-Minneapolis leg took over 40 hours!). The California Zephyr line is considered one of the country's most scenic. Your itinerary definitely sounds doable in three weeks, though a lot of ground to cover. One other thing I remember about train travel is that you are generally restricted to city sightseeing once you arrive in different places, so look into renting a car, perhaps, if you fancy getting up to the Grand Canyon or out to Big Sur while you are in Arizona or California, say. Amtrak offers a number of different passes that should allow you to put together a good circuit on the same ticket; the Amtrak website also has an interactive route atlas that will allow you to plot the different legs. Off top of my head, I'd say you should go Cleveland-Chicago-Phoenix-LA-San Fran-Seattle-Minneapolis-Chicago-Cleveland (there's also a stop near Glacier National Park between Seattle-Minneapolis that could be worth looking into).
  • Alistair
     answered this on December 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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