Romantic Train Rides

Romance of the Rails

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When you think about the most romantic mode of transportation, what comes to mind? Cars take concentration. Bus rides are too busy. Cruises only deliver you to ports reachable by water. Trains, though, are a terrific way for couples to travel.

Seated side by side, you get to view magnificent scenery through your window. There's time to kiss. Sleep. Dream. Whether you board a scenic train, an overnight train, or even scenic commuter trains, you're likely to find such rides great fun for two.

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    Swiss Train Rides

    Bernina Express train, Albula Valley, Switzerland
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    The country best known for its clean, modern, on-time trains, Switzerland offers visitors an incomparable way to experience the countryside. Couples you can go from point to point at their leisure or speedily.

    In fact, vacationers in Switzerland can ride from mountaintop to balmy beach by train in less than two hours. Imagine skiing in the morning at Engelberg, attending the Zurich Opera at night, and leaving the details to the highly efficient and dependable Swiss Travel System?

    Swiss train stations, staffed by multi-lingual personnel, function as service centers complete with currency exchanges, luggage-storage facilities, and bicycle rentals.

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    Interior of dining car of luxury Eastern and Orient Express train Bangkok/Singapore.
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    Legendary among trains, the luxurious Orient-Express operates trains on three continents. But it is the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express that conjures the most romantic thoughts of cuddling in a posh cabin suite, savoring sumptuous cuisine, and falling asleep to rhythm of the rails as they carry you from Venice, through the Alps, and into Paris.

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    Grand Canyon train
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    Arrive at the Grand Canyon aboard the classic Grand Canyon Railway, a fully restored, circa 1923 steam train that picks up passengers and carries them 64 miles to the Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim for a day to remember. It's a completely relaxing, no-stress, romantic way to reach the park, especially since during the journey musicians entertain and free refreshments are offered.

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    Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf Dome cars.
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    Via Rail operates trains in the Rockies, along the Pacific, through the prairies and northern Manitoba, in Ontario and Quebec, and through the Atlantic region. For the most romantic train ride of all, opt for Romance by Rail service that carries a couple in the ultimate luxury of a private cabin with a double bed and twin ensuite bathrooms.

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    Two trains on either side of river, elevated view (long exposure)
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    If you're a fan of classic movies and have watched Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, you've seen the glorious Hudson River and the mountains beyond it through the windows of a train whose tracks hug the riverbanks.

    The rail line, Metro North, is actually a commuter train with world-class scenery, and many couples who visit or live in New York City board it for the day to take an easy, fast, and convenient trip to Hudson Valley towns such as Cold Spring or Hudson. There they can walk from the train station into town and find places to eat and antiques stores to browse.

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    Leeds Castle, Kent, England, at dawn
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    Set in a verdant valley of the River Len in the heart of the English countryside, the thirteenth-century Leeds Castle is a thoroughly romantic location. Couples who want to visit it in style can do so by taking a train ride aboard the British Pullman. They can walk the grounds, tour the castle, have a snack, try navigating the maze, pop into the aviary, and even paw through the unique Dog Collar Museum.

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    Mexico, Chihuahua State, Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon), the railway line (El Chepe) from Los Mochis to Chihuahua
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    A railway that is as much an engineering marvel today as it was when it launched more than 90 years ago, Mexico's 390-mile-long Copper Canyon Train traverses rugged terrain with 87 tunnels and 37 bridges over a land mass four times as big as the Grand Canyon and some 300 feet deeper. The journey connecting Chihuahua with Mexico's Pacific Coast takes about 14 hours and couples can stop along the way to spend a night in a hotel or hacienda before continuing on one of the world's most thrilling train rides.