1The Most Transcendent Train Rides In North America

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Well, train, train, take me on out of this town–Blackfoot, “Train, Train” (1979)

If you’re looking for a travel experience where the journey’s worth more than the actual destination, these train rides will take you through some of the most serene scenery in North America. Enjoy the old-fashioned feel of railroad travel. It’s a real road trip via railway as you thread your way through tiny towns and chat with fellow passengers on these 12 transcendent train rides through North America.

1.  The Cascades


The Cascades train trip goes from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada to the cities of Seattle, Washington, Portland, and Eugene, Oregon. It’s a scenic, relaxing ride past historic Mount St. Helens and across the well-known Columbia River Gorge. The 156-mile trek’s span from Eugene to Seattle is especially noteworthy complete with evergreen forests, Puget Sound, and a great view of the Olympic Mountains. Veteran visitors say it’s like being in a four-hour living picture postcard.

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  1. Hi!
    heck with your friendly neighborhood travel agent. At present, we are not affiliated with any travel agency. Thanks or your support.

  2. Hello again!
    I’m sorry but I no longer have current information on specific prices. I believe you can find that information elsewhere online though and some even may now be part o package deals.

  3. You forgot El Chepe in Chijuajua Mexico. 1950s train cars and a terrific club car. Does more than 20 switchbacks to get to the bottom of the mountains then back up. Ends in Mazatlan Mexico.

  4. Hi!
    I rarely have a say in the final lists. Still, if I am ever instructed to write a sequel I will be sure to suggest that one. Thanks for your input and thanks for reading my stuff!

  5. They changed the schedule so you’ll hit Minneapolis, Spokane, and even Glacier National Park in the dark. And post-Covid, only sleeper customers have access to the dining car and their menu; 80% of the train traveling in coach get snack-bar items for the entire trip.

  6. Hi!
    I would not personally doubt that COVID impacted the trains since it impacted everything else. It IS a good idea to get COVID updates, for sure! Thanks for your comment!

  7. Hi!
    Do you have a question about the site or the train rides? We should have a “Contact Us” link somewhere on the website. They just worked on it and changed a couple of things.

    As to the trains, I would simply suggest searching for their individual websites on your favorite search engine.
    Thus far, this website does not serve as a travel agent. Someday? Maybe. Honestly, I am just the writer and a co-editor.

    Thanks for your support!


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