Top Train Trips in the US and Canada

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Train passing famous Morant's curve at Bow Valley in autumn, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Canada.

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Thinking about taking a train trip this year? Riding the rails is not only a comfortable way for families to travel, but it lets you appreciate landscapes very differently than from the inside of a car.

According to bookings by Vacations By Rail, the largest provider of global rail vacations, these are the most popular train destinations in the United States and Canada.

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
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Whether you begin in Chicago, Los Angeles or another place, the most popular North American train destination is the Grand Canyon, from the vast, panoramic views of the South Rim to the less-traveled, ruggedly tranquil North Rim.

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Canadian Rockies

Banff by Train
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Across our northern border, the most popular train destination is the majestic Canadian Rockies. Itineraries exploring this region range from six to 16 days. Don't miss the famed Rocky Mountaineer scenic touring train to Banff.

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New Orleans

New Orleans
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Arguably one of the most unique and iconic destinations in the United States, New Orleans is at the top of many rail travelers' wish lists. The list of possible departure cities includes Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.

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USA Coast to Coast

Logan Pass
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In as few as six days, you can cross the US with Amtrak. Longer itineraries offer more stops, taking legendary rail routes to visit some of the country’s most popular destinations, including major cities and national parks.

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Trans Canada

Dining Car - VIA Rail
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Equally epic is the trans Canada train journey between Toronto and Vancouver. VIA Rail itineraries range from seven to 15 days, through landscapes that include tranquil lakes, dense forests, expanses of grasslands, and the majestic Canadian Rockies.

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Seattle skyline
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A jewel in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is also another destination on many rail travelers' wish lists. The list of possible departure cities includes Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other points in the US and Canada.​

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Eastern Canada

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
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VIA Rail offers itineraries that let you explore popular destinations within Ontario, Quebec, and the coastal provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

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Alaska Cruise
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Some of the most popular itineraries combine a train trip with a river cruise or ocean cruise to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico or the Caribbean.

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Perhaps not the most kid-friendly of destinations, Reno is among the top choices for rail travelers.