This is probably a really stupid question but are the trains timed so that you don't miss the best bits whilst you are sleeping?
MY OH and I are planning to go east to west coast USA (probably Sept 2012) as a joint WA and 40th Birthday gift to ourselves and are currently trying to plan our route.
I can see there are many different options but would at least like to do the Zephyr part of the way as I understand it's a very scenic journey.
We plan to fly into NY form the UK and then travel by train to Chicago and then onwards via Denver and possibly Salt Lake City.
We went to San Francisco earlier this year so thought about finishing up in LA or San Diego instead but it all depends on the final itinerary we settle on (very early days at present). We have also been to Vegas and wouldn't be bothered about stopping there
MY OH wants to compare internal flight prices to the trains as he says we will miss a lot of it overnight anyway and I just wondered if this will be the case? I really would like to do it all by train and we plan on having at least a roomette.
We probably won't go all the way without stopping once, or maybe twice but would plan on getting back on the same train (time wise) as the one we got off but just 1/2/3/days later.
Is there anything we need to take into account to make sure we are passing the right places at the right time?
Any help would be appreciated.