I’ve taken the route from Denver to Los Angeles. DON’T DO IT!! IT’s just as you mentioned. What you failed to mention is the “scenery” as you arrive in cities, brick walls with graffiti, industrial buildings galore. I had my little 4 year old grand daughter with me and they stuck me in the car with all the single men for some reason! We spent the whole trip in the lounge car. When it came to sleeping the seat I had was broken and didn’t recline. My granddaughter was oblivious fortunately. It was a great adventure for her!