This $213 Train Ride Lets You See America's Most Beautiful Bucket List Sites

An epic adventure

Updated 08/06/18

With its vast deserts, lush national parks, and bustling cities, there's a long list of attractions that belong on a U.S. bucket list, and travel blogger Derek Low believes he's found a way to see the majority on a budget. In 2011, Low took a 3400-mile cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York for $213 and his journey has since gone viral.

"The USA has an excellent rail network that'll take you to almost all the towns and cities a visitor would want to see," he explains on his website, noting that the most scenic and historic route is from West to East Coast. His journey went through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, the Rockies, and the Wild West.

Interested in following his journey? Thrillist recommends booking tickets from San Francisco to Chicago for as little as $130 with California Zephyr. Then, transfer to the Lake Shore Limited train for an additional $83, bringing your grand total to $213. If you want to spend more time in each place, you can buy an Amtrak 15-day rail pass for $429, which offers more flexibility. The cheapest option takes just four days to complete, and you'll see the attractions from the comfort of your train carriage.

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These are just some of the attractions you'll see on the bucket list train ride:

• The Sierra Nevadas

• Book Cliffs, Utah

• The Colorado River

• The Great Plains

• Chicago

• Donner Lake

• The San Francisco Bay

Planning to book the epic train ride? Add these travel essentials to your bag.

Weekend Bag in Blue
Rains Weekend Bag in Blue $95
Leather National Parks Journal
Graphic Image Leather National Parks Journal $41
H4 Wireless Leather And Aluminium Headphones
B&O Play H4 Wireless Leather And Aluminium Headphones $400
Park Project Rocky Mountain Tee $36
Women's Zip-Close Small Backpack
Kara Zip-Close Small Backpack $450
Molded Eye Mask
Flight 001 Molded Eye Mask $18

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