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.
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Amtrak's Empire Builder
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.
Amtrak's Coast Starlight
Over the course of 35 hours (!), you'll see all sorts of natural beauty, from stunning ocean views to the peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range, as this train travels from Seattle to Los Angeles. The scenery almost makes up for that whole "being on a train for 35 hours" thing.
Courtesy VIA Rail Canada
VIA Rail Canada's two-day journey takes rail fans from Jasper National Park in the Rockies to Prince Rupert on the Pacific Coast, past stunning panoramas of waterfalls, rivers, and-to top it off-Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
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