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6 Magnificent Train Tours In The US You “MUST-SEE”

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Have you considered a train tour for your next getaway?

For almost 200 years, railroads have transported passengers and freight all across our country, changing from a practical form of transportation to the pinnacle of luxury for the wealthy by the beginning of the 20th century.

But nowadays, train tours are the perfect getaways for people who believe the journey is more important than the destination. Traveling by train might seem like an old-fashioned way of getting from point A to point B, but millions of people ride the rail each year.

Most people probably choose to take a train tour because of the more casual atmosphere, less environmental impact, overall comfort, and, most importantly, the scenery that might not be viewable from any other type of transportation.

Now, if you ask us, the best time to travel this way is spring or fall. Here are 6 of the best train travel experiences in the US.

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    1. Me too! It sounds like so much fun. I live in Knoxville and I think this would be a great way to see south-east Tennessee without having to drive.

  1. I really like the one on the Train Tours a lot. I also like the Route 66 as I love all of the U. S. History.

  2. Marylee Bennett

    Wedding Anniversary this year and would like to do something Special and affordable✨👵🏻👨🏻‍🦳✨

  3. I would like some more information about your Grand Canyon trip. I con’t see how to make reservations. Thank you.

  4. I would like more info. I am in love with trains so would be interested in any of these trips and the prices. Thanks.

  5. Robert Eidder

    Would love to have more information on these tours. Is there a website to find more about tour packages

    1. Hello! Thank you so much for all of your interest. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to help you book any tours on these wonderful trains because we aren’t a travel agency. Our site offers information about many magnificent places to help you decide your next getaway. But we don’t have access to the train tours or packages you see in this article. Thank you for understanding, and we apologize for any confusion.

    1. there is a train from Rusk to Palestine. not more than an hour or so. one in winter called polar express. I believe its a coal burner. am.

  6. Falcon Robinson

    I would love to know a lot more about the Mt. Washington Cog.
    I am from Mass. and would Love to explore Mt. Washington.

  7. I would like more information on all of these tours. I would also like to know about the cost. I’m more interested in the Mount Washington tour. Please let me know.

  8. Geraldine Remorla Franklin

    I live in Austin Texas and raising my 13 year old grandson. I have never ridden a train a long distance and would love for both he and I to have that experience. What suggestions would you make for our experience to be enjoyable?

    1. Hello Geraldine! Considering there are MANY beautiful options in the US, we recommend choosing a train tour that best suits your needs and interests. But no matter which one you pick, be sure to check the weather forecast during that time period as to avoid any unpleasant surprises. We hope you and your grandson have a fun trip!

    1. Hello Katalin! Thank you for your interest. Your best option would be to check with the Amtrak website to view their schedules and packages.

  9. Would love more info on Carolina/ Tennessee for a start. Should have done the train rides across this country years ago.

  10. Laurina Christopher

    The Mount Washington Cog sounds like an amazing idea for my upcoming Birthday on December 9. Please send pricing information. Thanks

    1. It is not likely that the cog railway will run on December 9th as the summit of Mt. Washington, which has recorded the lowest temps and highest wind velocity in the continental US. It s possible to hike it in December, but you must be very experienced, well equipped, and have experienced artic-weather hikers with you, have satelite radios and the good sense to TURN BACK when the weather worsens. There have been several deaths on that mountain this winter alone, and near 200 in all have perished there over the years.

  11. Maggie Jefferson smith

    I like the the Rockies but what I want to know do you have a train tour for the fall foliage from New York to Maine this is what I’ll like to do and go please let me know thank you

  12. 1) Rocky Mountaineer!! We did a trip from Banff National Park to Vancouver. We departed th train in Jasper, stayed overnight and then took a bus trip from Jasper to Banff. Made stops along the way including Lake Louise in Alberta. Was an unforgettable experience!!
    2) The cog train on Mt Washington was also great. The train was fun and when we arrived on the top of the mountain it was a windy experience. Be sure to bring someone to hang on to

  13. Marianne Anderson

    Very interested in the Denver to Moab trip. Please provide additional information on pricing and availability.

  14. Marianne Anderson

    Very interested in receiving more information about the Rocky Mountaineer trip. Include pricing and availability.

  15. Richard (Dick) Donaway

    Great tours but you missed two. Both are steam narrow gauge, one in S.E. Colorado, the other in S.W. Colorado. The Cumbres and Toltec in the East, the Durango and Silverton in the West.

    Both are usually day-long. Absolute tremendous scenery.


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