Riding Amtrak gives you the opportunity to see the back side of lots of towns, some of that is interesting. Going north out of New Orleans I heard the comment a few doors down, "I saw an alligator"! I did not see an alligator this trip but I did see lots and lots of crab trap buoys stuck in bushes from previous high water.
And I saw the following:
I don't know where this was but is was interesting for a few minutes.
You can also see lots of older train cars along the way. If you really like trains, and I'm starting to, it is almost like a museum!
The trip was great. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry the next day where there are more exhibits than you can see in a day...
and boarded the Amtrak at 8:00 PM that night, Saturday, to head back south. I'm glad I went. If you haven't tried Amtrak sleepers cars yet for a trip, give it a try. It's a unique experience.
Below is the link to the review of the concert from the Chicago Tribune if you care to read it - it was truly a great night with the artists. They were happy to see us too.