MSN posted an article entitled 12 Things You Should Know Before Traveling Across the Country on Amtrak by Macy Williams. The article was a slide show of little little tips about traveling on trains, especially for long stints at a time or overnights. Like the article points out the difference between the sleeper cars. I have not had the opportunity to stay in one as of yet, but hopefully soon. I have always heard good things about the food on trains but have not really tried it other than the M&Ms I bout that one time but I would hardly count that as train food. When my wife and I traveled to Chicago, we saw numerous people bringing their own meals onto the the train in big greasy bags. Which, of you have lived or stays in Kansas City long enough to have a meal that usually means one thing! BBQ! The article did say that you could bring alcohol on the train, but you could only drink it in your sleeping quarters. If that’s the case come prepared. When we traveled they did serve alcohol on the train at the snack bar but it was mostly beer and basic wine. If those do not appeal to you, plan ahead! I did bring my own bottle of scotch the train ride home but I wanted to save it for a better occasion.
Traveling by trains something people should experience at least once in their life if they have the chance. Sometimes it can be cheaper to travel by train than fly or drive. Just depends on where you go and lots of factors. It is a great way to see the scenery. Of course it depends on what part of the country you are in or going through. The Midwest is a fun ride and I can imagine the southwest and northwest would be scenic as well. There are areas that offer short train rides for a few hours of you do not want to travel far. Many of them are dinner events or an afternoon ride and can be fun as well.