When my family suggested taking a train ride 30 hours from Chicago to Flagstaff, I have to admit that I wasn't too excited. But I was pleasantly surprised. Amtrack's Southwest Chief stayed on time the whole way, had pretty good food and amazing views of the country. Sure, the sleeping car was a bit cramped but still had more legroom than any airline. Plus, I could walk around whenever I wanted. I plan on trying some other routes in the coming years.