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Though travel and adventure have historically been publicly claimed by men, women have always been part of those narratives, too.
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The romance of train travel—meandering through stunning landscapes in the comfort of an elegant sleeper car—was always about prioritizing the journey rather than the destination. And while all that glamour has almost entirely given way to the convenience and speed of flying, the opportunity to take on one of travel’s greatest experiences remain; you simply have to book a train trip. And to extend and elevate that Old World fantasy, consider combining a journey by rail with an overnight (or two) in a historic train station hotel. The ease of being deposited by train at the doorsteps of your accommodations can’t be beat, and the best of these of properties layer on modern amenities atop centuries-old architectural majesty to make for a truly singular stay. Here are 11 train station hotels worth checking into.
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Crawford Hotel, Denver – image above
The original Denver Union Station dates back to 1881. When it reopened in July 2014 following a $54 million renovation, it also welcomed the Crawford Hotel, a 112-room property spanning both wings of the building. Many of these hotel rooms were repurposed from existing structures and feature historic design elements. For instance, the third-floor rooms were previously offices; old safes are built into many of these walls. Rooms on the fourth floor, on the other hand, occupy attic spaces so they come with exposed bricks and massive wood beams. The station’s Great Hall is quite stunning, too, and acts as the public lobby of the hotel. Look for the 2,300 plaster columbines (Colorado’s state flower) and 1,200-pound chandeliers—recreations of the originals from over 100 years ago.
In Vegas, brunch is as important a part of the weekend’s entertainment as the day clubs, shows, hotels, and gambling. And finding the best breakfast in Las Vegas serves a couple of important functions: You can regard it as a recuperative treatment for the prior night’s hijinks, or a head start into whatever you’re getting up to later in the day. Either way, the best brunches contain both the important elements of great food, of course, and great people watching. Add in a boozy element or rosé-all-day menu add-on, and you’ve reached the Vegas brunch trifecta.
For the first time in more than two years, Amtrak is resuming service on one of its most scenic routes: The Amtrak Cascades route, which runs from Oregon to Vancouver and weaves through some of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful natural formations along the way.
The Cascade route was first paused in spring 2020, as travel between the U.S. and Canadian borders shut down due to the pandemic. Now, tickets are on sale again for the route’s relaunch on September 26. When the route first resumes, Amtrak will operate one daily roundtrip between Seattle and Vancouver, stopping at five cities in Washington state along the way: Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mount Vernon, and Bellingham. (Normally the full route runs from Eugene, Oregon, up to Vancouver.)
We dream of the day when we can put our OOO notification on forever and settle down in the sort of place previously reserved for vacations. But where to go?
WalletHub recently released its annual Best & Worst Places to Retire list—a ranking of 182 cities across the United States (including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state) based on affordability, activities, quality of life, and health care.
Each of the four metrics took several factors into consideration. “Affordability” looks at adjusted cost of living and taxpayer-friendliness (among others); “activities” looks at golf courses and art galleries per capita; “quality of life” looks at weather and strength of elder abuse protections; and “health care” looks at vaccination rates and quality of public hospitals.
Not surprisingly, Florida continues to prove itself as a retiree hot spot, occupying 4 slots in the top 10. But the list really runs the gamut of geography and demographics. (In case you’re wondering, WalletHub considers San Bernardino, California, to be the “worst” city for retirees, followed by Newark, New Jersey.)
Read on for this year’s top 10 best places to retire in the U.S. and decide where you’d like to hang your hat…or, more accurately, park your vintage convertible. (Hey, you deserve it.)
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It’s still light outside as the train shunts slowly out of Vancouver’s handsome Pacific Central Station and begins to rattle east.
My comfortable 62-seat carriage aboard Canada’s VIA Rail contains just six other passengers for the 19-hour journey from British Columbia’s coast to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, a ride that would cross the country’s Western province.
Unhindered by crowds, I can spread out and enjoy the scenery before pressing on to the harbor town of Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast tomorrow.
Total distance: 1,200 miles. Total cost: just $140 CAD (about $112 USD).
Despite our punctual departure, we barely make it through the spring green fields of the Fraser Valley before the train grinds to the first of many unscheduled halts.
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