Seeing America through the train window

The train journey from San Francisco to New York City allows glimpses of the country that can never be seen if you drive or fly. Suzanne Sng embarks on a journey across the United States

More than 5,400km. Almost 80 hours in total. Four time zones and 11 states. One exhausted but also exhilarated traveller.

A solo trans-America rail trip, bookended by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Statue of Liberty in New York City, has been on my bucket list for years. For a train lover like me, this is the perfect way to visit friends and family scattered across the United States, including in San Francisco, Denver and Brooklyn. My route cuts a swathe right through the heartland of America and trundles across much of the Midwest. Time and distance do not faze me one bit. Neither do the solitude and the lack of shower facilities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 04, 2018, with the headline 'America through the train window'. Print Edition | Subscribe