Has anybody here done it ? Next May is my 50th birthday and I'm thinking of treating myself to a holiday. I always wanted to do a coast to coast US trip, but I don't drive, so have been looking into trains. There is the California Zephyr which goes from Chicago to Emeryville near San Francisco, so I could do much of the journey in one 52 hour trip. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Zephyr There is some amazing scenery along the way and they have an observation car with ceiling windows. I read some reports that trains often get badly delayed or break down. I love trains, but would the novelty of being stuck on one wear off after a day ? Found this travel blog, which makes it sound fun: http://www.jennandromy.com/2011_05_01_archive.html Unlike them I'd probably splash out on a 'roomette' the lowest cost sleeper option. I could do a stop over mid-route. Is weird-ass mormon Salt Lake City worth a day ? Is there anything worth seeing in Denver ? I only know that Dynasty was set there.