I am planning on embarking on a road trip of sorts through the south across the country to San Fransisco from New York. On my way back I am planning on taking the California zephyr train route, so that I get to see the Midwest. My question is if anybody knows of any stops along the way that are worth exploring a little further? I would just stay in a hotel or hostel for a night or two. The problem is that I do not drive. So, public transportation, walking, maybe a cab or two are my only options.
It does not have to be grandiose, just something that is reprasentative of the atmosphere of the region and fun to spend a day or two at.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.