Who needs the hassle of airport security lines when there are plenty of other more environmentally conscientious—and fun—ways to travel the U.S.?
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It’s quicker than the bus and more comfortable. It’s also a great green option if you can book a ticket on one of Amtrak’s many hybrid diesel-electric locomotives. And if you’re moving cross-country, or need to have your car when you get to your destination, Amtrak can ship it by freight train.
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This option is not for the faint of heart—or those who don’t exercise regularly—but it can be done. I know someone who rode his bike from New York City to San Francisco and he had some amazing experiences and met some extraordinary people along the way. Fair warning: He also trained for many months before pedaling off into the sunset.
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Okay, it’s not the fastest and it’s certainly not the most glamorous. But you can relax and take in the scenery, or simply take a nap—whenever you want.
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Traveling by car may sound counterintuitive but it’s actually not when you recruit some friends to come along for the ride and drive a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid. So it’s the best of both worlds: You’ll still have the convenience of being able to stop anywhere, any time while also having a green conscience.
As with the other type of “bike,” riding a motorcycle across the country requires you have a bit of a brave-heart spirit. But depending on the size of the motor, you’ll get an average of 50 miles to the gallon. Added bonus: You’ll join the pantheon of Easy Riders.
Lawrence Karol is a writer and editor who lives with his dog, Mike. He is a former Gourmet staffer and enjoys writing about design, food, travel and lots of other stuff. @WriteEditDream | Email Lawrence | TakePart.com