If on your 2017 Bucket List you wish to see all of the beauty and history that America has to offer on a dime, then you’re going to love this supremely affordable travel idea.
Thanks to a brilliant train route devised by travel expert and blogger Derek Low, you can now experience the ultimate sightseeing journey—covering 3,400 scenic miles from San Francisco to New York—for just $213 . The inexpensive trip, which Derek shared on his blog, takes you through cities like Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, and New York, and features stunning views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and more.
Think it sounds too good to be true? Think again! For a little over $200, you can purchase one ticket for the direct California Zephyr and Lake Shore limited routes. If you want to extend your trip and are willing to pay a bit more, you can follow Derek’s lead. He paid $429 in 2011 for a 15-day rail pass, so that he could stop and spend some time in the cities he passed along the way.
To get the best views, Derek sat in the “Sightseer Lounge car,” which features floor-to-ceiling windows and comfy chairs. The journey also features narration from historians and park rangers along the way, so passengers can learn about the areas they’re passing.
After receiving a number of requests for his help in recreating his epic trip, Derek now offers train travel planning services for $49. Derek will use a list of your sightseeing goals to plan your entire adventure and book all of your tickets.
You can see Derek’s entire journey and his travel tips on his website