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Chicago to Emeryville, 52 Hours on Amtrak

52 hours in 60 seconds. America the Beautiful. From Chicago, through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and ending in the California Frisco Bay, damn this country is gorgeous. You can see my hotel, Hyatt Place from the Train- pedestrian bridge led right to it. If you plan to have parties, they have a strict no party policy. My idea of partying? Timelapse of San Francisco from the balcony.

A cozy roomette, two chairs that convert into a bed. I bring a book, but and it sits unopened in the lap, as the hypnotic landscape steals all attention. I might be a Ralinut, but hot damn this is mandatory meditation (no wifi on board).


Up Next? The Empire Builder!