Five Great Train Trips USA

Amtrak's sleek trains travel to all major US cities and pass some of the spectacular scenery. Their rugged charm separates them from more mundane means of transport, and although this may not be the fastest way to get to speed, it is perfect for surfing. You can choose your companions, read a book, let your thoughts be unpleasant, sleep horizontally, and generally enjoy more home comforts. It's so much more fun to break out on top of the clouds or drive past endless highway billboards.

Amtrak operates almost all US passenger trains and has the following most enjoyable routes:

Zephyr California is one of the world's largest trains running from Chicago to San Francisco through the American heart and the high plains of Colorado and then via the Oregon Trail to the Rocky Mountains. Pioneers also came along, such as Gold Tracker, Pony Express and First Continental Telegraph. After Salt Lake City, you pass the beautiful but dangerous Bonneville Salt Flats and Sierra Nevada.

Sunset Limited's epic journey takes you from the coast to New Orleans to Los Angeles. The train traverses the Mississippi River on the Huey P Long Bridge in Crescent City before traveling through white lions, whites, crocodiles, mansions and sugarcane fields. After San Antonio, he joins the Rio Grande and takes a day to cross the Salmon and Texas shoreline.

Southwest boss travels between Chicago and the Pacific Ocean, part of the Santa Santa Fe route originally used by Native Americans, Spanish conquerors, wagon trains and stage coaches. You cross the Mojave Desert and cross the famous Boot Hill Dodge City landfill. From Williams to Arizona you can travel to Grand Canyon by train.

Crescent from New York to New Orleans through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Concrete National Park with its dogs and cedars. Beyond Atlanta, sleepy southern cities have upscale public shops and sunflower houses. The train also makes a spectacular passage from Lake Pontchartrain, crossing the water a few miles above a six-mile road.

Starlight Beach operates between Seattle and Los Angeles through Washington, Oregon and California. It traverses some of the tallest mountains in the United States, such as the volcanic volcano, as well as the emerald forests and Twin Peaks waterfalls. Beyond San Luis Obispo, it runs high and rocky routes with magnificent views of the surf and the Pacific coast.