I plan to travel from VA to Portland,OR and back taking 6 wks beginning mid-Sept. Don't want to drive whole way so thinking train as much as possible.
Planning trip VA to Portland, OR and back starting mid-Sept 2015. Allowing 6-7 wks. Want to see as much of country as can. Don't want to travel whole way alone by car so thinking train. Train doesn't go all places for instance how to get to Mt.Rushmore? Thinking will have to do combo driving. Looked at rail pass but have read several posts here saying might not be best for high traffic seasons or routes. Also see advice here to get roomette for longer trips. Is it as economical as breaking trip and getting a hotel room? Family in Louisville, KY but no train service. Could drive from here to there then get train in Chicago. Anyone have experience with one way car rentals? My planning very early but also read book early for best rates. Yellowstone also on list. How on train? Appreciate any info.