Have you ever wanted to take a scenic train ride from one side of the U.S. to the other? Now you can do it for a bargain.
The United States definitely packs a punch when it comes to spectacular scenery. The western states of California, Utah, and Colorado alone boast the Rockies, Salt Lake and the San Francisco Bay. Blogger Derek Low decided to take in all that majestic beauty by traveling from San Francisco to New York by train. And he did it for only a few hundred dollars.
Surprisingly, the 3,400-mile trip only costs $213 and takes about four days of non-stop travel to complete. During his travels, Low created a photo blog that illustrates the expanse between the two coastal cities. Since it was published, his post has been shared over 2.5 million times.
Low didn’t want to skip over some of the country’s most cherished and beautiful sites along the way. So he opted for a slightly more expensive journey, which ended up costing $429, and allowed him stop and sightsee in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago. However, that price doesn’t include a sleeper car, which is important to consider if you like a good night’s sleep.
To travel from San Francisco to New York, you can hop on two of the most famous train routes in the country, the California Zephyr and the Lakeshore Limited.
“Traveling by train gives you a glimpse into the soul of America,” Low says. “The experience rewards you with far more stories and experiences and sights than you could ever witness alone in a car, eyes fixed to the road, or on a five-hour flight across the country.”
Low has since started a travel planning service due to the high demand for his secrets to frugal train travel. However, travel buffs may only be able to take advantage of these bargains for a limited time.
According to Popular Mechanics, part of President Trump’s preliminary budget included an array of cuts to the Department of Transportation. If put into the final budget, these cuts would eliminate funding to lines like the California Zephyr and the Lakeshore Limited.
So if you’d like to plan your own cross-country adventure while you still can, check out Low’s travel tips and tricks here.