This Train Trip Hits Every Corner of America in a Week for Less Than $1000

A railroad used by the Amtrak trains in Central California.
A railroad used by the Amtrak trains in Central California.
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If the thought of sitting in traffic or going through airport security stresses you out, consider taking a train for your next vacation. It isn't the fastest way to travel in 2020, but with rail routes winding through some of the most scenic parts of the country, it's one of the more relaxing options. And you don't have to choose a single destination for your next trip: This map makes a vacation out of the train ride itself by taking you on a full loop around the contiguous U.S., Travel + Leisure reports.

The route, devised by Wanderu, passes through seven states and only takes a week and less than $1000 to complete. The first leg of the journey starts in Boston and takes you through New England and the Mid-Atlantic to Washington, D.C. in about eight hours. From there, the rides get much longer. The Amtrak Crescent line travels from D.C. to New Orleans in 26 hours, and the Amtrak Sunset Limited goes from the Big Easy to Los Angeles in a little under 47 hours. The second half of the excursion includes rides to Seattle; Chicago; Cleveland; and Albany, New York, before landing back in Boston where the whole trip began.

Map of train loop around U.S.
Wanderu's train loop around the United States.
Wanderu

Riders can personalize the route and take extended stops to explore the cities that interest them, but if time is limited, the whole journey can be done in seven days, four hours, and 39 minutes. If you do choose to ride the route straight through, we recommend packing a seat cushion.

You can find a breakdown of each leg of the journey and their costs at Wanderu.com. And if you're still not sold on train travel, these perks may convince you otherwise.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Japan’s Osaka Airport Debuts Toilet Area for Dogs, Complete With a Self-Flushing Pee Pole

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martince2, iStock via Getty Images

Between new therapy animal programs and relaxed pet guidelines, dogs are becoming a more common sight at the airport. But not every airport has been able to keep up with the needs of its canine guests. As CNN reports, Osaka International Airport in Japan has solved one of the biggest problems facing this group: inadequate places to pee.

The airport debuted its new state-of-the-art dog rest area on Thursday, February 13. It features everything a dog needs to get comfortable before a long trip, including a shower, a water fountain, and a self-cleaning "pee pole." After dogs relieve themselves, the canine toilet automatically flushes away any waste and makes itself ready for the next visitor.

The bathroom area is located outside by the pick-up and drop-off area, so travelers can easily stop there before or after their flight. And to make the space equally comfortable for the dogs' owners, a roof and bench are provided.

Dogs using bathroom at Osaka International Airport.
Kansai Airports

The doggy rest area is intended for dogs accompanying their humans as regular pets. There are separate spots inside the airport where service animals can do their business.

Starting February 13, the amenity will be open every day from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Osaka International Airport is now officially in the running for the title of most pet-friendly airport on Earth. If you're traveling domestically, here are some more airports that will take extra steps to accommodate your furry companion.

[h/t CNN]

A Friends-Themed Brunch Is Coming to Los Angeles

The friends brunching in Las Vegas after Ross and Rachel impulsively tied the knot.
The friends brunching in Las Vegas after Ross and Rachel impulsively tied the knot.
NBC

Whether they were sampling Monica’s latest culinary creation, ordering yet another pizza, or eating cheesecake off the hallway floor, the legendary friends of Friends definitely spent a lot of time appreciating food—and coffee, of course.

To give fans a chance to celebrate those central motifs, The Brunch Club is hosting a Friends-themed brunch in Los Angeles this spring. Attendees will get to enjoy mimosas and appetizers during a screening of quintessential Friends episodes. The event also promises an array of activities including trivia, charades, and a costume contest. (So if your closet happens to be harboring an armadillo getup or a pink, frilly bridesmaid dress inspired by Little Bo-Peep, now’s the time to dig it out.)

friends-themed brunch
There won't be beef in the trifle at this Friends-themed brunch.
The Brunch Club

Though the exact location hasn’t been announced yet, we know the brunch will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, and you can register on Eventbrite to receive an email update when tickets go on sale. The price isn’t listed, but there’s a similar Friends brunch happening in Denver this March, and those tickets cost around $50.

The Brunch Club specializes in raising a glass to pop culture phenomenons all over the country—according to the website, the organization has hosted brunches inspired by the Spice Girls, Drake, roller discos, and more. Considering that the entire Friends series left Netflix at the end of 2019, the news of a fun way to watch a few episodes is probably coming at a good time for devastated super fans in Los Angeles.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about the potential Friends reunion.

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