BTW, for anybody wondering about long distance train travel in the USA, it's not as good as in Europe, but that being said - if you're the type who can sleep in (large) coach seats, if you want to make several stops on your trip, and if having a very generous free baggage allowance matters to you, #Amtrak can be a good option.
I'm doing an entire cross country trip with 2 multi-day stops, 2 checked bags, and 2 large carry-ons, for the cost of a single cross country flight and no airport hassle.
@muninn agreed! also, bringing extra dry snacks is a good idea for cross-country trips: one time, we were stuck waiting for a train with right-of-way for six hours, and on that trip or another one, they started running out of meals. it's not perfect, like you said, but both for value and for not having to deal with airports, it's definitely worth it.
@muninn it can be very scenic as well :)
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