Friday, July 31, 2015

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Design by Erik Mace for World traveling club Travel.
 In the age of air travel, we often only get the chance to admire North
America from above: the patchwork quilt of plains blends seamlessly into
geometric slate mountains dusted with snow, all of which is cut through with
ribbons of rivers, canyons, and paved interstates.

From a train, however, we have the opportunity to slow down and appreciate
the view, even as it flashes past.
Here are five train routes that not only give you a chance to enjoy the view,
but to appreciate the beauty of the North American continent that we often
overlook.
The Denali Star Aboard the Alaska Railroad Alaska is full of beautiful
scenery and a train is the perfect way to soak it all in.
(Photo: Alaska Railroad)Most people who visit Alaska take the Alaska Railroad
from their cruise ship to Anchorage, and then they fly home.
While that four-hour ride cuts through impressive mountains and along the
starkly beautiful coastlines of Southeastern Alaska, the better route takes
you nearly eight hours by train into the heart of the Alaskan Interior.
The Denali Star leaves Anchorage each morning between mid-May and
mid-September, its gold and blue body slithering through forests and valleys
until it approaches the tundra-covered mountains of the Alaska range.
Along the route you’ll have the chance to enjoy beautiful panoramic
views of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, past Hurricane Gulch and Broad Pass
Summit, and tiptoeing among the foothills surrounding Mt.
McKinley herself.
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LocalThere are few places so remote as Denali National Park, and as you
disembark the train in the small town of Denali, you’ll have plenty of
time to explore and appreciate the wilderness of Alaska.
First Passage to the West Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Streams, rivers, and
mountains, oh my! (Photo: Rocky Mountaineer/Facebook)The Canadian Rockies are
often overlooked in favor of their southern counterparts, but they hold some
of the most impressive geologic formations in the upper half of North America.
Departing weekly from Vancouver, the eastbound Rocky Mountaineer crosses
fields and streams, over a dozen rivers, and multiple mountain ranges along
its route.
While you could drive close to the same route along Trans-Canada Highway 1,
the train takes its own path, offering once-in-a-lifetime views throughout
British Columbia and Alberta that you wouldn’t otherwise see.
Related: Tearing Through the Canadian Rockies on a New Train RouteWith
two destinations, you can disembark in Banff or Lake Louise, but the latter is
most impressive: the smoky teal waters of this famous lake leave an indelible
mark in your mind, as they have for travelers for over a century.
Canyon Discovery Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway Going to the Grand Canyon?
Ride there in style and enjoy the views along the way.
(Photo: Xanterra Parks & Resorts)The shortest route on this list, the
Canyon Discovery route aboard the Grand Canyon Railway only takes two hours to
work its way from Williams, Arizona — near Flagstaff — to the
South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but it provides ample opportunity to experience
the distinct allure of the Southwest.
 Related: All Aboard: 10 Train Vacations That Are Totally off the
RailsThere are few places in this part of the world that afford such
impressive and distinct landscapes, and the views flying past the train
windows include desert, sagebrush, and cactus, not to mention local mammals,
reptiles, and birds.
 
There are plenty of vacation packages that include hotel and amenities
to make the visit to the Grand Canyon as comfortable and luxurious as
possible, but it’s the train itself that harkens back to a time when
rail travel was the best way to see this part of the country.
The Ethan Allen Express Aboard Amtrak Ride along the Hudson, up through
scenic New York state, and into Vermont.
(Photo: iStock)While many of the most impressive train routes in the U.
S.
are in the Wild West, there is one iconic route that does justice to all the
stereotypes of New England.
The 5.
5-hour Amtrak Ethan Allen Express between New York City and Rutland,
Vermont, cuts through verdant New England forest, which is particularly
stunning in autumn.
You might even mistake yourself for being in Europe as the route passes
Bannerman’s Castle near New York’s Hudson River.
Related: For Train Lovers: Amtrak’s 10 Best Scenic Day TripsAside
from the staggering views throughout upstate New York, an additional highlight
of the route is the ease of access: the train not only makes it easy to visit
the heart of the Northeast, but also stops in Poughkeepsie, Schenectady,
Albany, and Fair Haven.
From small towns to big cities, the 241-mile route offers plenty to
appreciate, whether you’re watching the scenery from the window or
experiencing it on foot.
El Chepe (The Chihuahua-Pacific Railway) El Chepe gliding through Copper
Canyon.
(Photo: iStock)Taking its nickname from the reporting mark "CHP," El Chepe is
one of a handful of passenger trains experiencing a revival in Mexico during
the past few years.
Working its way between interior Chihuahua and Los Mochis near the coast of
the Gulf of California, El Chepe will surprise you with the myriad of
ecosystems it passes through: brown deserts, rich red rocks, emerald forests,
and crystalline rivers.
El Chepe runs twice daily, one as a pseudo-commuter train allowing passengers
to request disembarkation at nearly 65 stops, and the other making the 15-hour
journey in slightly better time.
With only approximately 64 seats, this is an uncommon and often overlooked
train journey.
WATCH: Flying Singapore Airlines in First Class for an Hour Ruined My
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From the Canadian Rockies to New England, here are five spectacular train
routes not to miss.
.
The Canadian Rockies are often overlooked in favor of their southern
counterparts, but they hold some of the most impressive geologic formations in
the upper half of North America.
Departing weekly from Vancouver, the eastbound Rocky Mountaineer crosses
fields and streams, over a dozen rivers, and multiple mountain ranges along
its route.
While you could drive close to the same route along Trans-Canada Highway 1,
the train takes its own path, offering once-in-a-lifetime views throughout
British Columbia and Alberta that you wouldn’t otherwise see.
Related: Tearing Through the Canadian Rockies on a New Train RouteWith
two destinations, you can disembark in Banff or Lake Louise, but the latter is
most impressive: the smoky teal waters of this famous lake leave an indelible
mark in your mind, as they have for travelers for over a century.
Canyon Discovery Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway Going to the Grand Canyon?
Ride there in style and enjoy the views along the way.
(Photo: Xanterra Parks & Resorts)The shortest route on this list, the
Canyon Discovery route aboard the Grand Canyon Railway only takes two hours to
work its way from Williams, Arizona — near Flagstaff — to the
South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but it provides ample opportunity to experience
the distinct allure of the Southwest.
 Related: All Aboard: 10 Train Vacations That Are Totally off the
RailsThere are few places in this part of the world that afford such
impressive and distinct landscapes, and the views flying past the train
windows include desert, sagebrush, and cactus, not to mention local mammals,
reptiles, and birds.
 
There are plenty of vacation packages that include hotel and amenities
to make the visit to the Grand Canyon as comfortable and luxurious as
possible, but it’s the train itself that harkens back to a time when
rail travel was the best way to see this part of the country.
The Ethan Allen Express Aboard Amtrak Ride along the Hudson, up through
scenic New York state, and into Vermont.
(Photo: iStock)While many of the most impressive train routes in the U.
S.
are in the Wild West, there is one iconic route that does justice to all the
stereotypes of New England.
The 5.
5-hour Amtrak Ethan Allen Express between New York City and Rutland,
Vermont, cuts through verdant New England forest, which is particularly
stunning in autumn.
You might even mistake yourself for being in Europe as the route passes
Bannerman’s Castle near New York’s Hudson River.
Related: For Train Lovers: Amtrak’s 10 Best Scenic Day TripsAside
from the staggering views throughout upstate New York, an additional highlight
of the route is the ease of access: the train not only makes it easy to visit
the heart of the Northeast, but also stops in Poughkeepsie, Schenectady,
Albany, and Fair Haven.
From small towns to big cities, the 241-mile route offers plenty to
appreciate, whether you’re watching the scenery from the window or
experiencing it on foot.
El Chepe (The Chihuahua-Pacific Railway) El Chepe gliding through Copper
Canyon.
(Photo: iStock)Taking its nickname from the reporting mark "CHP," El Chepe is
one of a handful of passenger trains experiencing a revival in Mexico during
the past few years.
Working its way between interior Chihuahua and Los Mochis near the coast of
the Gulf of California, El Chepe will surprise you with the myriad of
ecosystems it passes through: brown deserts, rich red rocks, emerald forests,
and crystalline rivers.
El Chepe runs twice daily, one as a pseudo-commuter train allowing passengers
to request disembarkation at nearly 65 stops, and the other making the 15-hour
journey in slightly better time.
With only approximately 64 seats, this is an uncommon and often overlooked
train journey.
WATCH: Flying Singapore Airlines in First Class for an Hour Ruined My
LifeLet World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest.
 Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
 To learn more about World traveling club Travel’s travel policy
please click here.
From the Canadian Rockies to New England, here are five spectacular train
routes not to miss.

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