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Shot in Jan 2020. A final romantic view of this lovely nation, travelling throughout America by practice, earlier than **.

“I’d simply fly… practice journey within the US is horrible… you are not going to take pleasure in it… have enjoyable getting all of your stuff stolen… why are you doing that?”

I am positively not the primary individual to make an Amtrak coast-to-coast video, however judging by some reactions I obtained alongside the way in which, you’d virtually assume I used to be. I can not say I wasn’t a little bit apprehensive by how few occasions we heard “wonderful, I’d love to do this some day”.

However anyway, right here it’s, we travelled throughout the USA from New York to LA with out flying.

Travelling overland throughout America from New York to LA is unquestionably a enjoyable expertise that I’d advocate, you see so many cool issues that you’d miss by flying, and also you meet a whole lot of fascinating folks. Eco-travel is unquestionably going to take off quickly, too. Clearly it isn’t the most affordable choice for backpacking the USA on a funds, however I’d say that for the cash you spend, the expertise is price it. A ticket for the California Zephyr between Chicago and San Francisco is about $175 – not an inexpensive factor to purchase, however in case you’re travelling round and seeking to make some cool recollections, 100% good worth.

After all within the video we get to see all of the touristy stuff that individuals who’ve by no means seen the US do, just like the Staten Island Ferry, the Smithsonian Museums, San Francisco Pier 39 and Golden Gate Bridge, Monterey Bay Whale Watching, Cloud Gate, Griffith Observatory, and so on.

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We did fly in to and out of the USA (I imply there’s type of no different choice in case you do wanna journey), we landed in JFK and left from LAX.

• We obtained the Greyhound from New York Metropolis to Washington DC, which was fairly horrible, and made me begin to consider every little thing I might learn on-line. However we did get there.

• The Amtrak Capitol Restricted from Washington DC to Chicago was a lot enjoyable, our first style of the long-distance practice rides and confirmed us a lot cool snowy surroundings from the North-Jap United States. We met some cool folks and obtained to listen to a whole lot of Amish hymns. We sat within the low cost seats, with no mattress, and simply introduced our personal meals and a cover. It is not excellent, nevertheless it was a cool expertise and you would be shocked how peacefully we slept, positively nothing like I had been warned on-line (your issues can be stolen, you will be overwhelmed up, you will be 8 hours late due to all of the passengers getting arrested…)

• The Amtrak California Zephyr in winter was completely unimaginable, and the entire time I could not consider how fortunate I used to be. You’ll be able to see it within the video, simply watching the mountains go by, looking for eagles and elk, and making new pals. This might be price it only for enjoyable, nevertheless it was truly the transport we would have liked for our journey… if I had simply been sat round in an airport as a substitute of doing this, I’d be very mad with myself proper now. In case you have any questions on using the California Zephyr on a funds, ask me beneath. All my favorite footage from the journey are from this present day, both of the surroundings out the window or of us exterior in snowy alpine practice stations stretching our legs. You’ll be able to positively journey the California Zephyr within the seats, with no room and with no cabin. Should you additionally cease in Salt Lake Metropolis, fyi the California Zephyr leaves at 11pm, and the station is NOT open to test in your luggage till 10pm… mainly it is the one practice, so they simply open for it. This left us with our luggage in SLC for the day. (For the journey between Chicago and SLC, westbound, sit on the left. Bag a desk by one of many left-hand home windows, thank me later)

•The Amtrak Coast Starlight was one other cool journey, we did not sleep on this as a result of we simply did San Francisco to Salinas, and Salinas to Los Angeles. Once more we sat in entrance of the large home windows and watched America go by.

Should you’re fortunate sufficient to avoid wasting up, stop and go (if the world goes again to regular), I hope this has impressed your USA practice journey on a funds backpacking journey 🙂

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Microphone I exploit at house:
My 40L journey backpack:
Exhausting drive I exploit for footage:

0:00 – Intro
0:30 – New York Metropolis
4:47 – Greyhound to Washington, DC
5:30 – Washington, DC
10:10 – Capitol Restricted DC to Chicago
12:51 – Chicago
18:00 – California Zephyr Chicago to SLC
23:00 – Salt Lake Metropolis
27:55 – California Zephyr SLC to SF
29:46 – San Francisco
35:20 – Coast Starlight SF to Monterey
36:03 – Monterey
39:11 – Coast Starlight Monterey to LA
40:35 – LA

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