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There’s something mesmerizing about a train ride that often begins when we’re children and happens to stay with us as we grow older. No, we’re not talking about a ride on Amtrak. We’re talking about a great train ride that takes guests through the most scenic parts of America, revealing parts of the country that you would only see by train. You can find five of the best train rides in the U.S. below.

 

Great Smoky Mountains


The Great Smokies are some of the most scenic sights in all of America, with tourists flocking to the area especially every fall to see the changing colors. A popular destination among backpackers, hikers and road trippers, add those travelers who enjoy train rides to the list. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers many different rides throughout the mountains, from mystery dinner rides to short lunch rides along the Nantahala Gorge. During the winter, families with small children would enjoy the Polar Express train.

 

 

Hudson Valley, New York


A great day or weekend trip, the Hudson Valley trains take guests on a winding trip through the Hudson Valley. Visitors can enjoy seeing parts of the river that are only accessible by train. There are many great stops along the way to enjoy a day at, including Hyde Park, which is home to the Culinary Institute of America.

 

 

Grand Canyon, Arizona


There are many ways to see the Grand Canyon, from car to donkey to helicopter and now train. Passengers can take a trip back in time and see a shoot-out in Williams, Arizona, before riding a couple hours to the rim of the Grand Canyon, where they have a few hours to explore before the ride back.

 

 

The Sierra Railroad


The Sierra Railroad in California is one of the most recognizable railroads in the country, and maybe even the world, as it’s been featured in hundreds of movies. The 1800-style trains are known for their themed train rides, but also offer other options like romantic and dinner rides. It’s one of the more convenient railroads, as the Sierra Railroad is within a short driving distance from several major cities in California, including San Francisco and Sacramento.

 

 

Colorado Rockies


Where else can you see snow-capped mountains any time during the year? One of the most adventurous trains in America, passengers can enjoy zipping around snow-capped mountains, past gorges and through the valleys of the great Colorado Rockies. Trains have been running these lines since the 1800s, with tours currently lasting six to eight hours typically.

 

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