The Washington Post has an article By Melanie D.G. Kaplan about a cross country trip she took on Amtrack. The trip took her 48 hours. Described in the article were all the amazing things she was able to see and experience. Experiencing other travelers on the long journey. Such an experience can only be matched by an international flight. International flights you miss out on the sights and are cramped in like sardines in a can.
Many European and Asian countries have trains and actually have bullet trains. This would be nice to have The Untied States start using. Granite you would miss out on some of the scenery because of the high speeds but realistically if you are in that kind of hurry the scenery may not matter.
Traveling by train is long passed its hay day or at least in The United States. A day when big buildings with American Gothic architecture were a thing to be marveled. Union Station Kansas City. Buildings like this have a history worth keeping. This is an iconic building in the Kansas City sky line. If you go out to the front of the building you can still bullet holes from the FBI and mobsters shoot out. The FBi was escorting Frank Nash at the time. The shoot out led to some changes in the FBI. June 17, 1933
Union Station Omaha which has been converted to the Durham Museum. The old ticket booth has been converted to a gift shop. The old train platform holds an old train you can tour. Granit it does not move but nice to see history being preserved.
Chicago Union Station. It is more like an airport. It is massive. But still has the historic architecture.
An observation car from the Kansas City to Chicago route. You can not get these views from a plane. One of the last ways to see America and its landscapes. You can visit national parks, go rafting or even camping/hiking/hunting but this is the only way to truly see and appreciate the natural settings.
Traveling by train remindes me of a different time. Not necessarily a better time, but a time when people were not in a such a hurry. When people could actually enjoy their surroundings and the adventure. In today’s fast paced society it’s all about the here and now with immediate gradifaction and are we there yet mentality. Sometimes, we should all just take a step back and slow down, even if just for 48 hours. Enjoy the trip! The adventure! Make the journey the trip! If you blink, it may be gone before you get a chance to see it all.