Taking the USA train

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    The end of the Trans-Siberian line, in Vladivostok.

I wrote today for National Geographic Traveler that you can’t know a train until you’ve slept on one. I’ve spent about 40 nights on trains in my travels (once while counting moustaches in Russia), but I have hardly any idea what the USA looks like from the rails.

That’s changing now.

Over the next couple weeks I get to tag along the Millennial Trains Project, a group of young entrepreneurs taking projects to change the world across the country on Amtrak’s California Zephyr and Capitol Limited routes from San Francisco to DC, via Chicago. I stop in towns I don’t know well, like Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Pittsburgh — giving each one day to look about while using my new Dahon foldable bike, which I’m equally as excited about.

You can follow my finds and whines on my Twitter account, and I’ll post updates here every couple days.



About Robert Reid

Robert Reid is a travel writer (Lonely Planet, New York Times, ESPN), travel expert (Today Show, CNN's Headline News), travel videographer (76-Second Travel Show) and travel artist (don't ask).
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