Best Train Rides In The USA

Rockies To The Red Rocks

Passengers will witness all that gorgeous nature from the train's glass-dome top

Coast Starlight

Put a spin on the classic left-coast road trip by traveling by train instead. The advantages? Zero wrong-turn fights and way more photo-ops

The Grand Canyon Railway

All of the historic cars of the Grand Canyon Railway have fascinating former lives, and some have glass-dome ceilings for unstoppable panoramas

The Empire Builder

The Empire Builder runs daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest, mirroring much of Lewis and Clark’s original expedition

The Alaska Denali Star

This 350-mile stretch through the heart of Alaska highlights the state's beautiful, rugged wilderness

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

It may be pint-size, but Bryson City, the departure point for this rail-riding adventure, is rich with local gems like barbecue joints, a soda fountain and a brewery

Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad

One of the most scenic states; a ride on the Narrow Gauge Railroad isn’t merely photo fodder, but a full immersion into the wild, wild west

The Hawaiian Railway Society

Train travel takes a turn for the tropical on this 90-minute jaunt across Oahu in an old sugar-cane hauler traveling at the lickety-split speed of 15 miles an hour

The Napa Valley Wine Train

On this California Wine Country track, you can get intoxicated by the scenery alone: picture-perfect wineries and hills carpeted in lush rows of vines

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

Like the Little Engine That Could, this antique train chugs daily up Mount Washington, depositing its passengers at the 6,288ft peak, the highest in the Northeast

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