If you haven’t already seen it, and before reading this, you should definitely go check out Amtrak’s US Rail Pass. Find super cheap deals to see as much of the country as you can. For me, it was $450 to go to 21 states in 2 weeks. I know. That’s what I thought when I first saw it too. Go find more information on it here or here.
To sign up for that US Rail Pass, you also need to know what seat to buy. Coach, Business or Sleeper. Let’s quickly describe all of those here for you:
Coach: Reasonably comfortable and the cheapest option, it isn’t as bad as you would think down the West coast. It gets less fun as you move eastward, because as you travel through the central states, it gets dirtier and dirtier, and on the East coast, it’s definitely unfavorable.
Business: Business is basically the same as Coach throughout most of the country, until you reach the East Coast. On the East Coast, Business is very nice, very comfortable and very relaxing.
Sleeper: A sleeper is essentially your own room. You can sleep in it, read in it, eat in it. Do whatever you want. It’s small, don’t be mistaken. But it is definitely comfy.
Traveling on the Coast Starlight down the West Coast, get Coach to save money. Otherwise, get Business when you can. It’s so worth it.