This will be the last in my latest series of travel posts revolving around my recent train trip across the country. If one has the time and inclination, it’s the most relaxing way to see America’s beautiful landscape. Of course, there will be areas that one will not be able to see when the train is passing through during the night hours. But if you return via the same route, there will be chances to see some (not all) of those areas during the early morning hours.
Picking up from my last stop at Sacramento, traveling east, I transferred to the Zephyr, Amtrak’s route across the heartland, and one of it’s most scenic train routes. You’ll cross the East Sierras into Nevada, travel through Utah and Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and continue into Illinois, ending up at Chicago. I have traveled this route once before during the middle of winter, but I much prefer it during spring/summer, and that is because there is so much more color to be seen in the landscapes, especially the red rocks of Colorado. Here are a few photos I snapped from the train.
On my return trip west, I took Amtrak’s Empire Builder, from Chicago to Seattle. This is another outstanding, scenic route that travels through the northern states.
It’s always a pleasure traveling through my residential state of Washington. There is such varied topography and climate as one crosses through the state. And, of course, the forests, rivers, and Cascade Mountains are a wonder to behold. And, it was so nice to see green and colorful flowers, since I saw none of that during my stay on the east coast. What a bummer! Anyway, I clicked off a few photos before arriving at Seattle. You can see the blooming apple orchards and snow covered Cascades.
And that, dear friends, brings me to the end of my train travel journey. I hope you enjoyed the armchair tour!
All photos property of Peggy A Thompson