Sure, a road trip is one of the best ways to see the magnificant views that the USA has to offer, but sometimes it's just nice to take a break from being behind the wheel and let someone else worry about the route. The solution? Take one of the best train rides in the USA and gently saunter across the country, leaving you free to contemplate life, ponder the meaning of existence or just spend a few hours thinking about nothing and staring out of the window.
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 Los Angeles 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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