Where to go: Pacific Northwest, Midwest
Why to go: For breathtaking sights, sleeper cars, and seeing the country in a unique way
What to bring: Books, notebooks, and snacks

The train system in America is not exactly the most coherent or well organized in the world, but it has its perks. Besides being one of the oldest forms of travel across the states, it allows for some particularly scenic paths through America the beautiful. Some of the trains come equipped with food and (alcoholic) drink cars, sleeper cars, and, along the West Coast and through the breadbasket, viewing cars full of swiveling chairs and big windows for sweeping views of nature's television. Bonus: you can always pretend you're on your way to Hogwarts.