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    RiveroftheWest, Ojibwa, BeninSC

    Nice pictures, but pictures cannot convey the majesty of the mountains as seen from "Going to the Sun" Highway. I read about it years ago, and made it a point to get there. We took the AMTRAK Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, stopping over two days at the Izaak Walton Inn, in Essex Montana, originally a GN Railroad facility. We rented a car (by reservation) and drove the whole highway. It is the most spectacular, awe inspiring sight I have ever seen. See it if you can!

    •  It sounds like you had a marvelous trip! (1+ / 0-)
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      I live on the wrong side of the country, but I would love to see that road someday!

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      by BeninSC on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 03:17:13 PM PDT

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        BeninSC, Ojibwa

        Yes, it was a trip of a lifetime. We took AMTRAK all the way. Albany NY to Chi, changed trains, on to Essex, from Essex to Portland. From Portland we took AMTRAK and the connecting San Joaquin train to Bakersfield, then a bus transfer to Long Beach. After a night in the Ramada, we took their shuttle to the pier. Then "26 miles across the sea..." After camping on Catalina for several days, including kayaking around the shore one day, we set out on our return. Long Beach, LA Union Station, on to Chi on the "Southwest Chief", successor to the Santa Fe Super Chief of years past. Chi to Albany and our waiting car. All this in 2 weeks.

        Amtrak is a wonderful way to travel transcontinental, as you have your meals, beds and transportation and you're moving all the time. Yes there are occasional problems with AMTRAK, but on the whole, it's great. They have special zone passes for this type of travel, that reduce the fares considerably, but you must book far in advance. Think, like 6 months..

        And, for another time...our cross Canada drive to Alaska.

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