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Eloui Roberts

What's the opposite of trendy, ostentatious, and au courant? That's where you'll find freelance writer Eloui Roberts. She's slept surrounded by retching, seasick passengers riding third-class on the ferry from Shimonoseki to Pusan, lived for a month in the nation's first trailer park while on assignment for Smithsonian magazine, and feels Fort Bragg is the best north coast alternative to Mendocino. She made an exception to her no-frills rule—for research purposes only, mind you—to ride in a cushy sleeper car for a report on Amtrak service.

From the writer

  • Fort Bragg, Calif.

    Visit Fort Bragg along the northern California coast in the spring for the Whale Festival and checkout the Skunk Train and th...

  • Amtrak

    Taking the train? Here's how to travel on Amtrak and enjoy riding the rails