United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Need help with National Parks trip in 2017
  2. 2 hiking in RMNP - Clothing Layers in August
  3. 3 October 2016 Hawaii trip help please
  4. 4 Help with first road trip - southeast us in January?
  5. 5 Need help with National Parks trip in 2017
  6. 6 Calming Stay near Seattle/Vacouver??
  7. 7 Hawaii - What 2 Islands? Maui, HI or Honolulu
  8. 8 Los Angeles - 2 Days
  9. 9 where do the locals eat in Portland, Maine
  10. 10 Portland to mt St. Helens and my rainer
  11. 11 Alaskan cruise excursions
  12. 12 Cape cod Labor Day
  13. 13 Trip Report Trip report -- Vermont: Bennington and Manchester
  14. 14 Whale watching in Bar Harbor Maine
  15. 15 A Delectable Brunch At The Presidio in San Francisco
  16. 16 Trip Report 'Merca! My National Parks road trip.
  17. 17 3 week road trip South Carolina and Georgia
  18. 18 US Open Tennis
  19. 19 Boston/New England late Sept. with children
  20. 20 Hotels in San Diego
  21. 21 Trip Report Bears and Traps. Our Grand Alaska Sea & Land Tour
  22. 22 5-7day one way Cruise or 26 glacier day cruise
  23. 23 Seattle Area Trip Help
  24. 24 Florida itinerary- your thought please
  25. 25 Los Angeles Indefinitely
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Trip Report - My Great American Train Trip

Jump to last reply

As a railroad buff, I try to take at least one cross country train trip every year. For me, travel by train is a luxury I could not often make the time for before I retired but can indulge myself with now.

I'll break this report into logical (to me, at least) segments but first, a few general comments and observations.

This trip took me from my home northeast of Las Vegas to Orange County, Calif by car, to New Orleans, Chicago, and then back to California by train. I drove from Orange County to San Diego for a few days and then returned home. All in all, my trip encompassed twenty days, 1,268 road miles, and 5,450 rail miles.

I enjoy good food but I've been on a weight loss regimen for the past several months so I tried to balance both by eating a few good meals but also being sensible for most of the trip. In this report, I'll describe a few of the meals that I particularly enjoyed but I doubt if any of you will be interested in my descriptions of the many turkey and chicken sandwiches and salads I also had. That seemed to work out well since, even with the indulgences I describe later in this report, I only gained 3 1/2 pouds during the trip.

I am a member of the Marriott Hotels rewards program which provides me many travel perks. For that reason, I use Marriott properties when it makes sense to do so and, on this trip, I stayed in Marriott Courtyards at each of my destinations. This brand has an excellent set of standards for their franchisees. In Orange County, I stayed at the Foothill Ranch property , the warehouse district property in New Orleans, and the Rancho Bernardo property in San Diego.

Sometime in the next few days, I will process and post some of the photos I made during the trip. When I do, I'll put a link to them on this topic.

31 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement