Train travel is a relaxing experience that everyone should enjoy at some point in their lives. While there are plenty of pretty places to see abroad, there are quite a few in your backyard as well. With train travel, you can see all the grandeur and beauty of the U.S. just by looking out your window.
Chicago to Portland, Oregon
On this trip you’ll pass the Mississippi River and Glacier National Park. You’ll also get the chance to travel through mountains and tunnels while seeing all the nature that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. It will take about 46 hours to get to your final destination, but the experience of seeing these sights along with the Columbia River Gorge make the journey well worth it.
New York City to Rutland, Vermont
Escape the busy city and see everything from the Catskills to the Green Mountains. Stops along the way feature a variety of outdoor adventures too. Go for a hike in Rhinecliff-Kingston or stop at Saratoga Springs to visit the racetrack. The trip will only take you five and a half hours, so you’ll get to see all the sights while stopping off for some fun as well.
Grand Canyon Railway
People started taking this train ride back in 1901. It’s as remote and scenic as you can get. You can even ride in an old rail car that they call, “The French Fry Express.” It gets its quirky name because it runs solely on vegetable oil. On this ride, not only will you see all of the Grand Canyon, but you might get the opportunity to see a wild horse or antelope through the thick pine forests. Plan a full day for your travels, because you’ll see it all in just under nine hours.
Anchorage to Seward, Alaska
If you’re a nature lover, you’re sure to love this little vacation. Alaska is graced with beautiful glaciers and wildlife that you can’t see anywhere else. You’ll pass through areas where cars can’t go and travel through five different tunnels. If you watch closely, you might be able to see a bald eagle, a beluga whale or some Dall sheep. Regardless, you’ll see lots of untouched, open land, and of course, the Kenai Mountains. This trip will take just four and a half hours, which should give you plenty of time to explore the unique village of Seward.
Durango to Silverton, Colorado
Ride along the Animas River and see the beautiful cliff sides of Colorado on this unforgettable excursion. They call this particular train ride the narrow-gauge railroad for good reason. On this ride, they’ll be a tight squeeze between you and the rest of the outside world. These rail lines are slightly different than most of the ones we ride on today. On some stretches, you might not be able to see the canyon’s edge. On other parts, you might be able to touch the walls with your hands. This trip is only three and a half hours and is definitely not meant for the faint of heart.
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