My wife and I are looking for the perfect train ride—affordable, western, rugged, and beautiful. Ideas?
We really want to see the country by train together. Neither of us have ever made a train trip, and we'd love to just relax and take in the scenery together.
Some routes that sound amazing are the Rocky Mountaineer
, the Amtrak Empire Builder
, and the California Zephyr
. These are the types of routes we're looking for.
Some of the nitty-gritty. We'd love to leave from Portland, but we're willing to travel elsewhere to depart if the price is right. That said, one-way trips are fine, as we can fly back. (We have the great benefit of two parents who work for Delta, so we can fly for close to free.)
That said, we're young and broke, and we'd like to keep our one-way price under $600 or so. (An aside, it's hard to believe how ridiculously expensive train travel is. I understand some of the reasons behind this, but wow.)
Are there any ways to save that I don't know about? Any trips I'm missing? I'd love to hear your train-traveling wisdom.