For those that haven’t had the pleasure of vacationing by train, you don’t know what you’re missing. By far the most comfortable form of public transportation, the trains offers the hands-free and social environment you’ll never find by car, and the anonymity and space that’s vacant from most buses and planes. With big bay windows of ever-changing scenery, the train is one of the most pleasurable ways to see the United State’s highlights. Forget the exit ramps and billboards, leave behind the take-offs and landing procedures, catch the train this season with one of these 6 spectacular train vacations:
Great Cities of the East – Amtrak
This amazing experience offered by Amtrak includes 10 days of sight-seeing, exploring, and visiting the greatest cities in the East. Beginning in Bean Town, a.k.a. Boston, the vacation starts with a sight-seeing tour of historic proportions and an evening at the theater to catch some local flavor. Hop aboard for you next destination New York City for a hop on, hop off double-decker bus tour of the Big Apple. Use your free time wisely, there is a lot to see, but make sure you catch your next leg of the journey taking you to Washington D.C. In our nation’s capital you’ll see all the monuments, memorials, and cathedrals your cameras can handle. The price is a bit steep for this amazing adventure, but it includes 9 nights of accommodations in local hotels (you choose between deluxe or moderate inns), and 2 dinners out on the town. Truly an experience you’d never forget.
Canyon Discovery Plus – Grand Canyon Railroad and Hotel
A more affordable option then some of the Amtrak getaways, the Canyon Discovery Plus package from Grand Canyon Railroad and Hotel will give you the views and exploration time for our nation’s most famous hole in the ground. Experience the Grand Canyon like never before with a ride into the park filled with amazing sights of natural formations and wildlife. Follow your ride with two nights stay at the Grand Canyon Hotel including two meals at the Grand Canyon Depot. And the plus will get you a bonus night at Maswik lodge, located directly inside the park, giving you the ultimate exploration opportunity.
Mountain to the Canyons – Amtrak
This 10 day journey hits some of the best spots in the Southwest. Hop aboard your train in Salt Lake City (not without exploring the capital city first), and then begin your journey and be prepared to see the best sights in Denver, Albuquerque, Williams Junction (Arizona), and Flagstaff. Along the way see art and history museums, the Grand Canyon (stay at the Grand Canyon Railroad Hotel mentioned above), and watch as the scenery outside your window changes from mountains to canyons, delivering on it’s own aptly named adventure.
Classic Canadian Rockies & Whistler – Rocky Mountaineer
This 5 day/4 night train expedition offers some of the most scenic views on rails. For your first two days, hop aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train and set your eyes upon the rugged and serene terrain of the Canadian Rockies . After that, step onto the Whistler Sea to Sky rail for an amazing journey from Vancouver to Whistler, British Colombia. The Sea to Sky scenic railroad tour is worth the price alone. Add in a chance to see the Vancouver lookout, and Squamish Lil’Way learning center, plus 4 nights hotel accommodation, and be prepared for a vacation of a lifetime.
Pacific Northwest - Amtrak
With the west in mind, specifically the northwest, this Amtrak vacation will deliver on the goods. Hopping aboard in San Francisco, you’ll get a chance to see all the big attractions including the fisherman’s wharf and everywhere else the double-decker bus tour will take you. Hit up some Redwoods on your way out of town and be prepared for the City of Roses as you spend two days in Portland. From there, it’s on to further north as you end your eight day vacation in Seattle. Cash in on your complimentary Space Needle vouchers and get a whole different view of the world.
Coastal Classic – Alaska Railroad
To get the most remote wilderness experience while still in the comfy confines of a locomotive, hop aboard the Coastal Classic from Alaska Railroad. Twisting and turning through the still natural and raw landscapes of Alaska, no other rail can offer so many views of primeval forests, mountain meadows, alpine lakes, and gigantic glaciers. It’s your one stop shop for adventure and great Kodak moments. When you’re finished, the line ends with an easy connection to Kenai Fjords National Park where some of the common activities include whale watching, sea kayaking, and dog sledding.