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Last week, I went up to Pittsburgh to catch up with an old friend from college and watch our alma mater win a basketball game. After the victory, we hit the town for a couple of drinks and some swapping of stories. Pat told me about his family’s amazing summer vacation. They traveled across the country by train, making stops in Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more.

I’ve been an Amtrak rider since my college days and still ride the rails a couple of times a year between Charlotte and Raleigh. It’s a great way to go. Train travel offers more scenery than flying and is much less stressful than driving. I would love to see America that way.

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Amtrak is making it easier to hop aboard for your own railroad adventure. They’ll let you bring a friend along for free with a buy-one-get-one deal running until January 12th. Fares start at just $82 for trips taking place between February 1st and June 12th. According to Travel + Leisure,¬†you can upgrade to sleeper cabins for longer routes. Those might even come with complimentary meals.

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