These days, if you’re going to travel across this country, you have three choices: fly, drive or train. You can’t see America from 30,000 feet and the Interstate Highway System bypasses all the cities and towns.Yes, you can drive cross-country on the blue highways, and you can patronize the local eateries rather than the predictable McDonald's or Applebee's or Ruth's Chris, depending on your budget, but people might be more willing to engage in conversation in the diner or the lounge car.
The fact is, there is only one way you can cross great stretches of this country and actually see it—and it’s by Amtrak. That’s what I tell people when they ask why I take the train when I could fly there in four hours. A lot of them still don’t get it, and that’s really a pity. But some do, and I do believe they all have a better understanding of this country as a result.
THE WAY TO LEARN ABOUT THE COUNTRY.
Take the train.