National Parks We Love – Our Top Five* List

(With guest contributor, KJ Swan of www.swantrek.com.) National Parks are the greatest destinations in the United States of America. From the 8.3 million acre Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska to the tiny 91 acre Gateway Arch in Missouri, National Parks preserve and protect over 130,000 square miles of American soil. There …

8088 Miles by Train – Part VI: Denver, Colorado, to Santa Clara, California (1399 Miles)

California Zephyr: Denver to Sacramento | Capitol Corridor: Sacramento to Emmeryville | Thruway Bus: Emmeryville to Santa Clara This is the last part of my 6-part series covering an 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start …

8088 Miles by Train – Part V: Sacramento, California, to Denver, Colorado (1315 Miles)

California Zephyr: Sacramento to Denver This is Part 5 of my 6-part series covering an 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in Part 1 the …

8088 Miles by Train – Part IV: Essex, Montana, to Sacramento, California (1321 Miles)

Empire Builder: Essex to Portland, Oregon | Coast Starlight: Portland to Sacramento This is Part 4 of my 6-part series covering an 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo …

8088 Miles by Train – Part III: Chicago, Illinois, to Essex, Montana (1576 Miles)

Empire Builder: Chicago to Essex This is Part 3 of my 6-part series covering my 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in Part 1 and …

8088 Miles by Train – Part II: Los Angles, California, to Chicago, Illinois (2256 Miles)

Southwest Chief: Los Angles to Chicago This is Part 2 of my 6-part series covering my 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in Part 1. …

8088 Miles by Train – Part I: San Luis Obispo, California, to Los Angeles, California (221 Miles)

Pacific Surfliner: San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles From the Trainwacko Files The Trainwacko Files are stories from the journeys that I took by rail between 2005 and 2008. I had discovered model railroading in the early 1990s, and the logical progression from that was to become a certified Trainwacko. …

Mountain States Road Trip – Craters of the Moon N.M., Yellowstone N.P., and Grand Teton N.P.

Making Plans From August 31st to September 9th my companion and I took a trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the points connecting the three. We had purchased our reservations in January, and even then lodging in Yellowstone was almost …