Taking a road trip can be one of the most fun ways to get from here to there, with plenty of adventures (and gas station snacks) in between. The driver, however, can miss out on some of the scenery, having to keep their eyes on the road and all. For a chance to fully enjoy the beauty of the road, consider one of these scenic train rides.
Riding on a train can be a romantic, nostalgic, and best of all leisurely way to see the country. Even a commuter train between major cities can be a step up from a drive, but these scenic train rides are more than that. Geared towards long-haul trips from coast to coast, or specifically designed for enjoying the scenery, these train routes will let you take in all the glorious views.
Looking for a west coast adventure? Take the Coast Starlight from L.A. to Seattle. Heading to Alaska? Catch all the highlights on the Denali Star’s 350-mile trek from Fairbanks to Anchorage. The Grand Canyon Railway and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you from quaint towns to national parks. There are even some shorter jaunts, like the Mt. Washington Cog Railway or the Hawaiian Railway that will give you a small taste of scenic train travel.
So hop aboard, enjoy the views, and take as many pics as you want without having to keep your hands on the wheel.
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