From January 6th through January 20th, I will ride Amtrak trains all the way around the United States. Follow my journey from DC down to New Orleans, across to Los Angeles, up to Seattle, back east to Chicago, then to Boston, down to New York and then back home to DC.
I’ll talk to the people on the train that are willing to talk to me about what they love, what they think is important, what they’re worried about. I’ll also blog about what I see and take lots of pictures.
Check back here for photos and videos and updates!
Here’s the route:
First, the Crescent from DC to New Orleans. Sadly, the train doesn’t make the whole trip right now because of track improvements, so we’ll stop in Atlanta and get on a bus. Bummer. The whole trip takes about 22 hours.
Next, the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Los Angeles. This trip takes 46.5 hours.
Then, a ride on one of the most beautiful routes in the US: the Coast Starlight. From Los Angeles to Seattle. This trip lasts for nearly 34 hours.
I’ll travel east on the Empire Builder to Chicago’s Union Station. This leg takes just over 45 hours.
It’s a short ride of 21.5 hours from Chicago to Boston on the Lakeshore Limited, but I’ll enjoy views of the Great Lakes along the way.
Finally, some high speeds on the Acela, first to New York and then home to DC. This trip takes six hours and 45 minutes.
I’m not convinced that I can get people to talk to me, but I’m going to try!