This shockingly affordable cross-country train ride takes you through the most beautiful cities in America

Are some of your New Years resolutions seemingly contradictory — like, say, traveling more and saving money? What if you could do both?

You can! For just $213, you can book yourself on an Amtrak train rides that will take you all the way across the country through some of our most beautiful cities and landscapes. You will actually ride two trains in this amazing journey. You take the Lakeshore Limited from New York City to Chicago, where you’ll get on board the California Zephyr, which will whisk you across the West to San Francisco.

Train travel saw its heyday around the turn of the 20th century. Once America’s most luxurious and beloved mode of travel transportation, railways went to the wayside with the advent of automobiles and airline travel. Still, there is something alluring and captivating about taking a train ride across the country. Not only do you get to soak up some amazing sites, but you also feel a connection to a piece of America’s history.

The 3,400-mile coast-to-coast trek will take four days if your journey doesn’t include stopovers. But you’ll definitely want to make a few stops. Whether you choose to explore Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, or some other site-seeing haven along the way, it will no doubt enrich your experience. Inside the train, there are dining cars, comfy sleeping chairs, and a Sightseer Lounge car, complete with enormous windows wrapping up to the ceiling.

You won’t miss a thing on this railroad excursion. Traversing the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, portions of the desert, and what was once the American Wild West, there are vistas that will delight all travelers throughout the trip. So, what are you waiting for? Listen to your travel bug and book a ticket on a unique and breathtaking journey through our nation. Your wanderlust and your wallet will thank you.

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