|map courtesy of Amtrak.com
Riding first class is certainly the way to go. Having now traveled first class, it would be very difficult to return to coach class. Amtrak provides many special bonuses for first class, such as a daily wine and cheese tasting of local wines and cheeses and a special lounge at Los Angeles Union Station.
San Luis Obispo train station
Wine & cheese tasting
Many of the original telegraph wires and poles remain along the track
Old signal tower just before Portland, Oregon station.
Miles and miles of lovely views. I really appreciated seeing the gradual shift from dry, desert landscape to the green and vibrant forests of the Northwest. I was bummed to have missed out on seeing Northern California due to the darkness.