It's Spring time, which means it's time to plan vacations, right? At least, that's what everyone seems to be telling me, even though I don't mind to (and usually!) travel outside of July.
The main idea I'm playing with this time is a train-based trip on the eastern part of the USA. I've only been in the country once, there are quite a few places that I want to see, and it has trains. One can never have enough trains.
The way I'd be doing this would involve Amtrak's USA Rail Pass, which allows for 8 trips on the span of 15 days. This means that I get in a city, have 1-2 day(s) to look around and do stuff, then I get back on the train to the next destination. I know this only leaves a bit of time in each location, but I see this as a sort of sample run: if I discover an area that seems interesting, I can always plan a later trip with more time alloted!
As such, I'm turning to you, asking for your opinion. Which cities should I go to? What are "can't miss" things to see in each place? Where should I spend the night? Who wants to meet up with me, maybe?
I want to at least stop by the following, making my way down from Montreal:
- New York City
- Washington DC
From there, I'm debating if it's realistic / worth it to go down ALL the way to New Orleans (or skip that) then possibly come back up by Chicago and/or Detroit (ick), or if I'd enjoy it more if I focused on a smaller area.
Also, does anyone have a suggestion on the best time of the year to do this? I've done such vacations anytime from early June to late November, so I've got plenty of options.
Any suggestions / comments on this plan, especially on the itinerary? I'd love to get feedback from people familiar with at least one or two of these locations! If you're not comfortable with sharing some information here for whatever reason, feel free to send me a private message!
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