So, my wife and I are taking a four-day trip without the kiddo in a few months. We are to take the Amtrak train and public-transportion the rest of the trip while we are there. I am super excited as I have never been on a train, but I have no idea what to expect. My wife was on a train as a kid but doesnít remember anything.
First, what is the deal with the price? From Mpls to Chicago itís going to cost $232 for both of us round trip? That seems so high to me, but again, I know nothing about it. Canít you fly for less than that? Also, there are two trains listed for the same days, times, route, but two prices for the same thing and seats? I still canít figure that out at all.
How fast does the train go? Itís an 8-hour, 16-minute trip, but there are tons of stops along the way. So, that taken into account, the train must push 80, 90, 100+ mph?
What do you do during the stops? Just hang out?
We are getting reserved coach seats. I searched all over the website, and it tells me nothing. Do we get food? It seems like we do. Can you eat whenever you want? Do you make reservations like a restaurant?
Can you walk around to the other types of cars to look out windows, etc?
What do you do on a train for 8 hours? The longest flight I have ever been on is 3 hours, and that drove me nuts. I canít imagine sitting still on a train for over 8 hours! (Driving 15+ hours without stopping doesnít bother me, but that is different to be driving your own car.)
I hope the scenery is awesome. Driving through Wisconsin is actually pretty darn attractive, so I hope the train is even more so.
Are there going to be cowboys and bandits along the track trying to hi-jack and rob us? (Kidding, kidding)
I had a bunch more questions, but once I started asking, I forgot them. Figures.