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These Are the Most Scenic Train Rides in the US

Car Rental & Rail | Janeen Christoff | August 11, 2016

These Are the Most Scenic Train Rides in the US

Photo courtesy Grand Canyon Railway. 

Traveling by train is a step back into a bygone era and provides an alternative to coasting along the highways and byways of the U.S. Trains give a unique perspective, a classic experience and a glimpse at dazzling landscapes often out of reach of other modes of transportation. 

Follow along the great rail lines of the country with this guide to the most scenic train rides in the U.S. compiled by Conde Nast Traveler or you may want to start with number one on the list — the nostalgic Grand Canyon Railway. 

“Departing out of Williams, Arizona, this train weaves past forests of ponderosa pine and parts of the Sonoran Desert into the heart of canyon country, where you’ll spend the day exploring before boarding a return trip—just in time for sunset,” writes Tyler Moss. 

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If you want to add a bit of a twist to your rail travel, try the Napa Valley Wine Train, also on the Conde Nast list. The train was built by a billionaire to transport visitors to a spa resort in Calistoga, but now, guests sip local vintages while riding through vineyards and valleys on a three-hour roundtrip journey.

Find out which other classic rail journeys have made the list here


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