We've all dreamed about taking a cross-country train trip at least once in our lives. If you're craving a new type of adventure, it's time to treat yourself. The Southwest Chief Train takes you through 5 states for only $146 each way. It's total travel goals.
This Amtrak train route takes you on a grand adventure of the American west, showcasing all that these states have to offer.
You'll cross so many different types of terrain on your journey, including vast plains, towering mountains, colorful pueblos, and scenic desert dreams.
Just when you think it couldn't possibly get any more beautiful, you'll curve through towering canyon passages so narrow, it's only a few feet wider than the train itself.
Since the entire trip takes 65 hours (about 2.5 days), you'll get the chance to hop off at different points and explore the cities too and natural sites too.
At one point in the trip, you'll even get the chance to see the majestic Grand Canyon!
Travelers will arrive just steps away from the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park where you'll take a century-old railway and be entertained by cowboys and musicians.
You'll will start out your journey in Chicago, making stops in Kansas City, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and finally Los Angeles.
The Southwest Chief runs daily, so you can plan your travels with ease.
While amenities vary by choice and train, there are plenty of ways to stay comfy on your trip.
Passenger options range from reserved coach seating to individual roomettes, and even family-sized bedrooms. No matter which style you choose, the views are gorgeous.
Since small animals are welcome, you can even bring your doggo or cat along too. Just make sure to check the animal restrictions before you do.
For meals, you can eat in the dining car or snag a quick meal in the cafe. You can also enjoy a nice hot cup of your favorite kind of tea or coffee right from your seat.
Prices for coach seats start at $146 and vary by day and accommodation style. To snag this deal, you can book on March 1, 2020 or after.
Wanderlust travelers, this is one of the best ways to see the country. If you’re looking for other ways to see more of your state or country, you can also check out theanyone has ever been on.
Amtrak: Southwest Chief
Price: Tickets start at $146 per person (each way) for a reserved coach seat
Location: Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California
Why You Should Go: You can see 5 states in 3 days for only $146.
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