In case you’re wondering how to travel the country without a car (in a way other than running), this map from the American Intercity Bus Riders Association [pdf] shows you all the bus and Amtrak routes that span the United States. Keep in mind that these trains don’t run 24/7, so plan accordingly.
Map: US bus and Amtrak routes
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How Spending Changed for Different Income Groups
I compared spending in 1996 against the most recent spending estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.