My plan is to fly straight to Washington, attend the NARP meetings, then take the train back across the country to the West Coast – Washington to Chicago to Los Angeles – catching a flight back to Maui from there.
What makes this particular train trip especially interesting is the overnight ride from Washington to Chicago. I’ll be aboard one of two vintage rail cars attached to the rear of Amtrak’s regularly scheduled Capitol Limited.
The other, named the Pacific Union, is what’s known as a 10-6 sleeper, meaning it’s configured with 10 roomettes designed for a single passenger, and six larger bedrooms which accommodate two people. Both of these wonderful cars are being provided by American Rail Excursions.
You know what? If there’s a better way to travel, I haven’t found it!