Discover the U.S. via Amtrak's passenger-rail service

06/21/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, Lake Shore Limited and other storied trains offer travelers the opportunity to see much of the country from the comfort of an Amtrak passenger car. Karl Zimmermann, a lifelong rail rider, explains the 3,582-mile journey he took with Amtrak. He says the magnificent and the mundane blend together as the train passes through small-town America on its way to urban centers.

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