We have relatives in Irvine, California and Bangor, Maine. I and my wife plan to stay with one family for a few days, then travel leisurely across the US by rail to the other family, and stay with them for a few more days, before flying home.
1. Is it better to go from east to west, or from west to east? I really don't know what factors need to be considered. I've been told that east to west is good because: (i) you retrace the steps of the pioneers moving west; (ii) the sun setting before you makes for picturesque views. Any other arguments? I note also that we'll probably be more tired or bedraggled towards the end of the trip, so I'd rather place the "easier" part of the journey, whichever that is, towards the end.
2. We would like to take the most scenic train route across the continent.
3. We have three "must see" cities on our list: San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC. Any other destinations, I would pick based on proximity to the train route. In other words, I would choose the train route first, then the stopovers after. We plan to stop over in 3 locations along the way, probably spending 1-3 days at each stopover.
For various reasons, we do not travel very often. This will be a journey of a lifetime.
Thank you very much for your help!
LV from ManilaEdited: 16 February 2014, 10:22