Train travel is certainly not the fastest way to get there, but it can be a pleasant experience. We have a few trips that leave from our city, some are shorter - 3 day trips that return you to the city after a long loop. Other trips are longer and will take you across the country. Unlike driving, you can relax, read, look out at the sites. Sleeping cars allow you to rest while still making progress towards your destination. While it is not the cheapest way to travel it is inexpensive compared to driving and staying each night in a hotel. When you arrive you are more relaxed as you haven't had the stresses of driving. Have you ever considered taking the train rather than flying or driving to your destination?