Wednesday, January 29

P1 Research

Before deciding which route I wanted to chose, I did some basic research on each option to narrow it down:

1. California Zaphyr: Chicago- San Francisco
highlights- Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevadas, Moffat Tunnel, Colorado's Gore, Byars, Glenwood Canyons, Winter Park, Trukee River, Donnor River, San Pablo Bay, & Carquinez Strait

2. Capitol Limited: Washington DC- Cleveland- Chicago
highlights- B&O line, Potomac Valley, Harpers Ferry, Allegheny Mountains, Pittsburg

3. Carolinian/ Piedmont: Charlotte- Raleigh (extends to New York City)
highlights- Almanace Battleground, first US gold mine, transportation museum, raleigh symphony & ballet

4. Silver Service/ Palemetto: New York City- Miami (extends to Savannah, GA)
highlights- beach at Fort Landerdale, Busch Gardens, Okeechobee, Latin influenced food/ music

5. Empire Builder: St. Paul/ Minneapolis- Milwaukee- Spokane- Portland/ Seattle
highlights- Lewis & Clark trail, Mississippi River, Glassman Coulee Trestle, Glacier National Park, Columbia River Gorge, Mountain Hood, Bacon Park

6. Southwest Chief: Chicago- Albuquerque- Los Angeles
highlights- American west, wheat fields/ ranches, missions/ pueblos, mountains/ deserts, Grand Canyon

7. Sunset Limited: New Orleans- San Antonio- Los Angeles
highlights- Bayon Country, Mexican border, southwestern deserts, California mountains, Big Bend National Park

8. Texas Eagle: Chicago- St. Louis- Dallas- San Antonio
highlights- Land of Lincoln, Ozarks & through Little Rock, Alamo with riverwalk

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