You Can Travel Across The Country By Train For Less Than $300

All aboard!

For many Americans, train travel feels like a thing of the past, or something you might do in Europe. It’s not an option that easily comes to mind for cross-country treks across the U.S.

But there are trains that will take you from coast to coast in a variety of routes—say San Fran to New York—and cheaply, too. If you have time and want to see the country without having to drive, this is the way to go.

Take the rails less traveled. 📷:

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According to Derek Low, a train travel expert, “The U.S. still has an excellent rail network for visitors that’ll take you to almost all the towns and cities a visitor would want to see.”

Just look at this map of routes. You can hit up most major cities in the U.S. and all from the comfort of a scenic rail car.

Seat 61

Low has turned that love of train travel into a business. For $49 he will help you schedule your own train-tastic journey, arranging your entire trip and booking your travel for you. After spending some time trying to navigate the Amtrak site myself, this seems like a deal.

Train travel blogger, The Man in Seat 61, shares Low’s enthusiasm for trains. He says, “California Zephyr is one of world’s greatest train journeys, and in around 48 hours you will cross the farmlands of Nebraska, scale the Rockies beyond Denver while you eat egg & bacon for breakfast in the diner, snake through rocky river valleys in Colorado and pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains to reach Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area.”

And, if that doesn’t sound wonderful, just imagine sipping a cocktail in this observation car.

Still not sold? The California Zephyr route allows passengers to experience the very first transcontinental railroad route, and there is even commentary from historians and park rangers during the most significant parts of the journey.