Train travel in the U.S. is sort of a strange beast.
It often costs as much, if not more, to purchase a train ticket between two points in the U.S. than it does to purchase an airline ticket between the same two points. The trip takes significantly longer by train than it does by air, and Amtrak is well-known for delays, adding even more time to the trip.
With all of that in mind, who in their right mind would select rail travel over air travel in the U.S.?
Well, Amtrak might just be a great way to travel if you are retired and time isn’t of the essence. On the Early-retirement forums, members discuss the pros and cons of U.S. rail travel.
My issue with using trains on a trip like that has been the time and cost, plus trying to connect in Chicago. There’s either a really long layover which seems intolerable, or a short layover that would make me nervous to miss since Amtrak isn’t noted for timeliness. ~RunningBum
All the stopping in every town was tedious. But, it was a very relaxing and fun way to travel too. ~Keim
If the Amtrak runs through much of the Colorado river corridor (you run from Sacramento into Colorado? If you go to Chicago first, never mind). I’d be especially ready to ride the rails. The Colorado river corridor is very scenic and worth seeing by rail. ~Schutzie
My husband and I just rode the Amtrak Coast Starlight from Oceanside, CA to Seattle, Wa in June. … We both brought books to read, but neither one of us even cracked one open since we enjoyed looking out the window so much at the ever-changing scenery. We went from oceans to mountains to lakes to forests and everything in between. We have our sights set on taking the Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago at some point in the future. If you’re not in a hurry, do it for the experience! ~debyc54
There is no doubt that Amtrak has on-time problems and that one bad experience with being delayed can really make it hard to accept the positives. ~jjquantz
It doesn’t get more definitive than that – some love it and some hate it 🙂
Read the thread in its entirety: Amtrak: Fun or Boring?