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USA Radio
February 16, 2016

Our Cross-Country Train Journey in Pictures

After travelling thousands of kilometres and amassing too many great memories to count, we reached the end of our train journey across the southern United States.

The Discover America road trips crew travelled with Sankara Subramanian, founder of BE ON THE ROAD, one of the top 10 travel blogs in India. Together we explored the country and captured our adventures on camera as we rode the rails from Los Angeles, California, to Baltimore, Maryland. Check out some of our favorite moments from the trip.

Our cross-country trip kicked of in Los Angeles, California. From the Ace Hotel, we enjoyed spectacular views of the city’s illuminated skyline. 

While in Los Angeles, we stopped by Staples Center, home of the illustrious Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. Sankara shows off his basketball skills next to the statue of renowned Lakers point guard Magic Johnson.

On the Santa Monica Pier, we tried our hand at games and rides, though just walking around in the Southern California sunshine eating tacos and other treats was just as fun. 

We couldn’t leave Southern California without visiting the coast. We stopped at the sign that marks the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, so Sankara could flex his muscles in the spot where the USA’s physical fitness boom was born in the 1930s. The contemporary version of Muscle Beach — where you can still see people working out — is just south, on Venice Beach. 

After spending more than a full day on the train — the arid desert landscape of the Southwest USA zipping by — we arrived in Austin, the capital city of Texas. While walking around the city, we captured this shot of the striking Texas Capitol building, which is open to the public for tours.

One of our favourite memories of the trip was watching the sun set over Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River in the heart of Austin. The warm weather makes enjoying the city’s outdoor spaces enjoyable year-round.

After a 19-hour train ride along the USA’s Gulf Coast, we arrived in New OrleansLouisiana, where we happily encountered live music on the streets of the historic French Quarter.

In Baltimore, Maryland, we feasted on local blue crab at the Rusty Scupper restaurant while watching the boats bob on the waters of the Inner Harbor. 

We finished our trip in Washington, D.C., where we visited the iconic monuments on the National Mall. We took a brief break from our tour to capture this shot of Sankara “holding” the nearly 170-metre-high Washington Monument.

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