Train travel is on the rise in the US and these scenic routes make for a memorable 4 July trip.
Swapping the car for the train means you can dedicate your time fully to enjoying the stunning landscapes out the window.
It’s a great eco-friendly alternative to the traditional American road trip and as gas prices continue to soar, it’s also a great option for your wallet. Here are seven routes that pass by some of the most iconic sights in the US.
Wind through the Pacific Northwest with the Amtrak Cascades …
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“Slow travelers” are drawn to this glamorous, old-world mode of exploration, but there’s also something to be said about the perspective found onboard a train–you’re really experiencing a landscape in a way that you can’t experience any other way.
A train trip often brings you where everyday roads cannot, whether it’s through untouched Malaysian jungles or high into the Canadian Rockies.
For our 34th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, we called on all of you to rank the world’s best train journeys–here are the 15 you loved most.
15. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe
Year after year, the world’s most iconic locomotive continues to be a standard-setter in luxury. Of course, the decadent interiors are a fantasy of 1920’s Art Deco design, but it’s the impeccable service that keeps this train firmly ensconced in a class of its own.
Bags are whisked off from the platform and magically reappear in your cabin, no glass ever runs empty, and the beds seem to make themselves anytime you step outside of your cabin.
By day you can revel in the scenery of French countrysides and Swiss mountain scenes, and by night, the formal dress code feels anything but stuffy—in fact, playing dress up and making your way to the art deco Champagne bar is, we think, one of the coolest experiences anyone could have on a train.