10 American Train Trips of a Lifetime

Here are some of the best ways to sit back and enjoy the scenery, history, culture or cuisine while traversing spectacular parts of the country by rail.

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Want to unplug and unwind on your vacation? Consider leaving the car at home and taking a train.

Train trips offer fabulous views of mountains, deserts, oceans and forests, as well as cultural and historic experiences. They allow you to ponder the scenery instead of the traffic.

“You get a chance to relax,” said Sylvia Blishak, co-owner of Train Travel Consulting in Klamath Falls, Oregon. “You can get back into the habit of being in the moment.”

The cost will depend on the season, route and class of train car. But discounts are often available for military members, seniors, students, children and members of AARP or AAA.

Following are 10 of the most fantastic, scenic train trips in the United States.


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