This Scenic Cross-Country Train Trek Is More Affordable Than You Think

published Jan 13, 2017
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For many of us, crossing several popular destinations off a travel bucket list in a single trip sounds like the stuff of dreams – or lottery wins. However, if you’re more than ready to live out your wanderlust fantasies and exchange that lotto scratch-off for a train ticket, then we have wonderful news for you: here’s a train trip across the country that costs only $213.

In case you’re wondering, we definitely did a double take at this deal because it certainly sounds too good to be true. But unlike the life-changing jackpot we thought we needed to finance this type of vacation, this super reasonable cross-country train trek is indeed the real deal.

Before you get busy creating a packing checklist for this trip, here are a few more details (even though you’re probably already sold on it). Travel blogger Derek Low created this “Across the USA By Train” deal, where passengers can make a 3,400-mile journey between San Francisco and New York, with several stops in between in cities like Denver, Salt Lake City, Chicago and more.

One ticket on Amtrak’s direct California Zephyr and Lake Shore Limited routes gets you a seat in the train, and travelers who absolutely cannot get enough of the scenic sights also have the option of extending their trip to 15 days for $429.

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For the best spot to take full advantage of the views or happily snap gorgeous vacation photos, the Sightseer Lounge car features floor-to-ceiling windows, cushy seating for maximum comfort.

For more unbelievable travel deals and expertise, check out Low’s travel blog.