"We got out of Durango, Colorado, before it started snowing, and apparently our friends and relatives are all snowed in. They're trying to get to places also. They will make it, takes time. We got to the perfect place, New Jersey and 50 degree weather. And we went out with the grandkids to play in the parks every day and did all kinds of fun things. And sunny, sunny, sunny."
4. Various of people standing in lines inside station
Arlington, Virginia - 27 November 2019
5. Various of departures board at Reagan National Airport
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Alex Abrosimov, Traveling from Ohio to Maryland:
"I go to college at Ohio State, the Ohio State University, and so I'm coming back to see my family for the weekend. And I flew in an American had a pretty decent experience. Nothing, no actually, long lines or anything. Had a lot of just slept in the plane and nothing major going on right now."
7. People walking inside airport
8. American Airlines check-in desks
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lydia Buzek, Traveling from Alexandria, Virginia:
"I tried to avoid it because of all the congestion. There's so many people out in the airports and on the roads, but this seems to be going really smoothly. So far, so good. We'll see if I can get through customs through the customs line quick enough."
New York - 27 November 2019
10. Exterior Penn Station, travelers with luggage
11 . Man walking toward people waiting for trains
12. Travelers waiting for trains
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Jason Abrams, Amtrak spokesperson:
"So we use every train set in every train car within our fleet to accommodate this extra capacity. We have ambassadors and volunteers at our stations to help customers answer any questions, show them where they need to go. We also have enhanced security on our trains and in our stations."
Travelers in two of the country's busiest cities are remaining positive as they face the busy Thanksgiving travel at airports and train stations.
In Washington, lines were a bit long for some waiting to board trains at Union Station to their destinations, but those arriving seem up beat because it was their final stop.
At Reagan National Airport across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia travelers seem to take the journey in stride.
Alex Abrosimov, who is from Maryland, got out of Ohio where he goes to university without issues.
Many travelers heading out west face the worry of a storm packing heavy snow and high winds that wreaked havoc as it whipped through Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.
The wintry storm that left at least one person dead was expected to push eastward into South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Wednesday, while a “bomb cyclone” weather phenomenon was expected to simultaneously topple trees, knock out power and dump snow as it rolled into California and Oregon.
While in New York, travel through New York's Penn Station was uneventful Wednesday compared to parts of the country that are experiencing travel delays due to winter weather.
Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams said the regional rail has added capacity to handle the expected Thanksgiving rush during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.