Scenic Train Rides Around the World

By Chaney Kwak - 2014-05-19T19:00:12Z

Courtesy Amtrak

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Amtrak's Empire Builder

Cars may symbolize freedom, and air travel might still cling to its once-glam reputation, but no mode of transportation captures the romance of travel quite like a long-distance train ride. These nine routes in locales as varied as the Pacific Northwest, Southeast Asia, and Norway offer majestic views you won’t see from any other mode of transport.

Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark sans the 19th-century diseases or agony. This Amtrak trek, which travels from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest, makes pit stops in Minneapolis–St. Paul, Spokane, and Portland, and offers vistas of the Mississippi River and Mt. Hood, among other natural landmarks.

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