I know about the western long distance scenery. However I don't know much about the eastern long distance scenery, and to me, the Crescent route looks like it can have some decent scenery. How is the scenery on the Crescent? What does it consist of?
Okay, thank you. I've always been curiousIt's not a particularly scenic route but there are nice spots. There are views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a few high bridges in Virginia. There are also some mountain views in North Georgia near Toccoa. On approach to New Orleans, there is the very long bridge over Lake Ponchartrain. Additionally, while not necessarily traditionally scenic, there are multiple urban views which are interesting to some, including the skylines of NYC, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Birmingham and the views of the Capitol and monuments in DC.
What really impresses me is the feeling while on the Crescent every time I head south to NOL that I am floating on the water because you have a tough time looking straight down enough to even see anything but water.
I had never asked about scenery on the Crescent bc every one said about the same thing " nothing to see here, dull, bland and what scenery" But back in the the "zone" travel days I took a chance and booked the Crescent out of CVS to SDL instead of going to Florida as I usually did( now thats a dull bland trip scenery wise imo) I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was in the fall and there were beautiful colors everywhere even coming into ATL was nice. I don't remember any negatives about that trip. I probably wouldn't have ridden it if I listened to everyone else, that and it was a AGR points trip!
Rode #19 in October 2019. I found the southern end to have better scenery.
Most of Louisiana is Swamp, so the Sunset,City and Crescent all get their share of Gator Country!I always enjoy the scenery on a train, but the Crescent definitely had interesting stretches. For one thing, I was impressed by how long we went through swampy country after crossing Lake Pontchartrain going north.