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7 of the World’s Most Stunning and Scenic Train Rides

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The Most Scenic Train Rides In The U.S.

The phrase is “planes, trains and automobiles.” But sometimes it feels like we forget all about the train altogether, favoring a car’s convenience or the speed of a flight. But trains are a great way to travel: You’ll never hit traffic and it’s much less hassle than you find at the airport. And best of all, certain American train routes bring you much closer to this country’s natural beauty, history and wonder than a car or plane ever could. 

Take a look at some of the most scenic train rides in the U.S. below. Book a ticket, then sit back and watch it all roll by. 

EAST COAST 

1. Cape Cod Central Railroad

Route: Ride east from Bourne to Hyannis, Massachusetts 
Duration: 2 hours 

This coastal excursions run on approximately 27 miles of track from May through October. Traveling from the Cape to the Cape Cod Canal, you can expect to see sand dunes, woodlands, cranberry bogs and salt marshes along the way. 

2. Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express

Route: North from New York City to Rutland, Vermont
Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

This daily route is named for Ethan Allen, the revolutionary war patriot who settled in Vermont. Upstate New York and Vermont both host vast wildernesses, skiing territories, lakes and mountain landscapes. See all of it go by from the first few stops in the Hudson Valley, up through the Catskills, Albany and Saratoga Springs. Stop along the way or ride all the way to the end ― Rutland, Vermont is the state’s second largest city and home to charming B&B’s and inns and several summer festivals. 

WEST COAST

3. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight

Route: Ride north from Los Angeles through Portland to Seattle
Duration: 35 hours

The Coast Starlight is easily one of the most beautiful train rides in North America. Ride along stretches of the Pacific ocean, up through San Francisco and past lush forests and snow-covered Mount Shasta. This train runs every day.

4. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner

Route: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego
Duration: 5 hours, 45 minutes

Cruise along the Southern California coast as you travel south from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Amtrak says that to be any closer to the water, you’d need to be on a surfboard. Jump off the train when it stops in Anaheim for a fun day at Disneyland. The train is easy to catch, with multiple departures a day. 

5. Napa Valley Wine Train

Route: Napa Valley to St. Helena and back
Duration: 3 hours

Ride 36 miles roundtrip through pure California wine country beauty in antique Pullman cars. The route itself is more than 150 years old, and you’ll see some of the most expensive and well-known agricultural real estate in the U.S. The trip will also help you get a better understanding of why the geography and climate of Napa make it so conducive to cultivating vineyards. The journey is guided, and riders can choose between wine tours, dining tours or special day packages such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day tours. The train runs throughout the year. 

6. Grand Canyon Railway

Route: Williams, Arizona north to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes each way

There’s just nothing quite like the Grand Canyon, and seeing it by train means you’ll likely see even more of it. Watch plant life change as you leave Flagstaff behind and keep your eyes peeled for elk, mountain lions, mule deer and ravens flying overhead. The train runs daily. Train crew members provide stories, history, music and entertainment along the way.

7. Royal Gorge Railroad

Route: Roundtrip from Canon City, Colorado, through the Royal Gorge
Duration: 2-2.5 hours 

Take in the breathtaking scenery of Colorado’s Royal Gorge on a short guided tour. The area is steeped in American history, including when steel miners descended on the land in the 1870s. Tours include food, drink and storytelling, providing context to the scenery that’ll take the experience to the next level. 

ALASKA

8. Alaska’s Coastal Classic Train

Route: Anchorage to Seward, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours

To see the Alaskan wilderness up close while you travel, go by train instead of car. You’ll spot bald eagles, beluga whales, glacial backdrops and alpine meadows as the train passes through the Kenai Mountains, which are rich with wildlife. Trains run every day.

SOUTH

9. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Route: Bryson City to Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina
Duration: 3.5 hours to a full day, depending on the excursion

There is significant beauty to be seen and fun to be had on this route, which makes long stops along the Nantahala River and in Dillsboro, a small historic town. Jump aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to see the Carolina mountains and more than 125 varieties of trees and plant life. Country inns, lodges, historic sites and quaint shops line this route along the Great Smoky Mountains National Park region. Trains run throughout year, but schedules vary by season. 

MIDWEST

10. Amtrak’s California Zephyr

Route: Cross-country from Chicago through Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno to San Francisco
Duration: 51 hours, 20 minutes

People who dream of driving cross country but don’t actually want to drive should consider the California Zephyr. Scenic highlights include the Rocky Mountains, Nebraska plains, Sierra Nevadas, Moffat Tunnel, Colorado’s Gore, Byers and Glenwood Canyons, Truckee River and the San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait. The train runs every day.

11. Amtrak’s Empire Builder 

Route: Chicago through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho to either Portland or Seattle
Duration: 46 hours

History buffs and fans of the Wild West will get a kick out of this speedy train which travels daily along the Pacific Northwest and much of the Lewis And Clark trail. Expect views of true American splendor: Vast North Dakota plains, Big Sky country in Montana and incredible views of the Mississippi River. 

There’s so much to see, isn’t there? 

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Epic Bike Rides of the World

Epic Bike Rides of the World


Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated book. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world’s great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire – whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started. The book is organised by continent. In the Americas we join a family bikepacking trip in Ecuador; we pedal the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop at legendary music spots; we ride the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon and California; go mountain biking in Moab and Canada; and explore the cities of Buenos Aires and New York by bicycle. European rides include easy-going trips around Lake Constance, along the Danube and the Loire, and coast-to-coast routes; routes in Tuscany, Spain and Corsica; and professional journeys up Mt Ventoux and around the Tour of Flanders. In Asia, we venture through Vietnam’s valleys; complete the Mae Hong Son circuit in northern Thailand; cross the Indian Himalayas; and pedal through Bhutan. And in Australia and New Zealand we take in Tasmania and Queensland by mountain bike; cycle into Victoria’s high country and around Adelaide on road bikes; and try some of New Zealand’s celebrated cycle trails. Each ride is illustrated with stunning photography and a map. A toolkit of practical details – where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more – helps riders plan their own trips. There are also suggestions for three more similar rides around the world for each story. Each piece shows how cycling is a fantastic way to get to know a place, a people and their culture. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, mag

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Free Rides

Free Rides


Used – The first and only guerilla manual on the natural ways of getting high, Free Rides describes a wide array of ways to alter states of consciousness, from the hip to the holistic. Alternatives offered by the authors include climbing a mountain, listening to great music, tantric sex, yoga, and competitive sports.

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$109 and Up for 1-Night Stay in Cambridge with 2 or 4 All-Access Passes for Zip Rides and More! (Up to $331 Value)

City: Toronto
Start Date: June 16, 2014
End Date: June 23, 2014
Value: $ 227
Price: $ 109
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  • Great summer activity that the whole family can enjoy!
  • Stay for 1 night in a spacious room with living room, fireplace, fridge, 42″ LCD TV, and upgraded bathroom.
  • Everyone in your room will receive a buffet breakfast at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant.
  • All packages includes 2 or 4 passes to Chicopee Tube Park, as well as 2 Zip Rides!
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  • Options to travel 7 days a week!

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    • Tax of 13% not included.
  • All Options Include: 2 Zip rides at Chicopee Tube Park, hot buffet breakfast, and Kids Eat Free at the onsite Bruce Restaurant (with purchase of adult entree).
  • Passes to Chicopee Tube Park provide two hours of access to Eurobungy, Spider Web, Horizontal Ropes & Summer Tubing.
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  • You may call in to book one hour after purchase. 24 hour cancellation policy or voucher is voided.
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  • $ 109 for a 1-Night Stay for 2 Adults on Sunday-Thursday with 2 Passes at Chicopee Tube Park ($ 227 Value)
  • $ 129 for a 1-Night Stay for 2 Adults on Friday or Saturday with 2 Passes at Chicopee Tube Park ($ 238 Value)
  • $ 149 for a 1-Night Stay for 2 Adults on Sunday-Thursday with 4 Passes at Chicopee Tube Park ($ 320 Value)
  • $ 159 for a 1-Night Stay for 4 Adults on Friday or Saturday with 2 Passes at Chicopee Tube Park ($ 331 Value)
  • Tax of 13% not included.

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Check-in at 3pm; check-out ay 11am.
Free outdoor parking available.
Pets are allowed, $ 50 fee per stay.

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Features a living room area with a fireplace, plus a Refrigerator, Microwave, Cable TV, Coffee/tea maker, and free Wi-Fi.
Rollaway/extra beds available

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Each guest will receive a buffet breakfast.
Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree.

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Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide, 3rd: More Than 40 of the Area’s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides

Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide, 3rd: More Than 40 of the Area’s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides


The”Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide “gives fat-tire enthusiasts the skinny on where to ride in this southwestern Mecca for mountain biking. The best rides around Moab, in Canyonlands and Arches national parks, high in the La Sals, and along the Colorado River are all covered in this handy pocket-size guidebook. Detailed ride descriptions make it easy to find the trailheads and follow the routes, with easy-to-read maps and ratings for physical and technical difficulty. This guide will help mountain bikers choose a ride that’s appropriate for their fitness and skill level and is an indispensable companion for all their fat-tire fun.

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