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Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

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Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

Hi

So I was thinking of taking the Amtrack train from Los Angeles to New York in Late August.

I was wondering if anyone's done it? Or has any advice on long distance amtrack trips in their sleeper cabins?

Many Thanks

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1. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

I have one suggestion, fly, LA to NYC is super reasonable and you'll be there in hours.

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2. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

Could do, but I've really been wanting to do a cross country train ride

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3. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

This trip will take you days and days...albeit it is a great way to see the country ...!!!!

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4. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

Try your question over on the Trip Advisor Train Travel Forum.

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5. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

theres a train travel forum? :o

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6. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

There's a train travel forum.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g1-i12483-Train_Tr…

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7. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

Yeah, the advice you'll get here is "don't do it." I would ask on the train travel forum.

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8. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

How about renting a car and driving? At least you'd have more control over where you go and how long you stay.

I just couldn't see how sitting on a train for days would be enjoyable, but to each their own.

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9. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

I would only consider doing this if you have enough time to make several 1 - 3 day stop overs along the way

Route map here: amtrak.com/ccurl/…0.pdf

My suggestion would be to look at the following places as possible stop overs:

1) Grand Canyon http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

2) Santa Fe http://santafe.org/ for the Spanish and Native American heritage as well as beautiful landscape, vibrant art community and great food

3) Denver vicinity http://www.colorado.com/

4) Chicago http://www.choosechicago.com/

5) Niagara Falls http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/

6) NY

If you didn't do 1 and 2 you could instead go through Las Vegas and some of the Rockies in Colorado.

This is a LONG trip and, as much as I hate to admit it as a former mid-westerner, some if it is called "the flyover" for a reason.

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10. Re: Amtrack train: Los Angeles to New York - Any Tips?

I LOVE your dog (icon) photo!!!! I would only do part of the trip by train. Maybe consider LA to Chicago and then fly.