Politics

How to see America: A (nearly) cross-country train

Jeff Simon and Jonas Kulikauskas

Updated 4:21 PM ET, Tue December 22, 2015
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An Amtrak employee stands on a train platform along the Southwest Chief route. The Chief runs more than 2,000 miles through eight states between Chicago and Los Angeles. Jonas Kulikauskas
Boarding a westbound Southwest Chief train. Jonas Kulikauskas
Looking out the window of a sightseer car aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief train. Jonas Kulikauskas
Aboard an Amtrak westbound Southwest Chief train. Jonas Kulikauskas
Aboard an Amtrak westbound Southwest Chief train. Jonas Kulikauskas
Looking out the window of a sightseer car aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief train. Jonas Kulikauskas
Looking out the window of a sightseer car aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief train. Jonas Kulikauskas
A gentleman in a cowboy hat seen at an Amtrak station in Lamy, New Mexico. Jonas Kulikauskas
Two children peer out the window of Amtrak's Southwest Chief train as it rolls west. Jonas Kulikauskas
Looking out the window of a sightseer car aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief train. Jonas Kulikauskas
Amtrak's Union Station in Los Angeles. Jonas Kulikauskas