6 unforgettable train trips in the US

Train travel offers families so much more than merely an alternative to driving. The most memorable train trips deliver both fabulous scenery and a dose of Americana you just can’t appreciate through the windows of a car. Here are six train trips guaranteed to delight kids of all ages.

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Mar 27, 2013 11:49AM
 So to the 2 yahoo's that replied to my few words about this subject. I'm not the only one here that won't take another ride on a train. They treated us all like cattle then & I'm going to say I liked being treated like crap? HELL NO!! You want to take a ride on a train then go ahead. All I know is I WON'T!!!
Mar 26, 2013 10:21AM
In June of 1966 I was transferred from Camp Lejuene, NC to Camp Pendleton. There was an airline strike and after my five day leave was up I boarded a train in Providence, RI and five days later arrived in LA. Was one hell of a trip, club car ran out of booze by the time we got to Albuqcuerque, so an air force sgt passed the hat and got off of the train and found package store. He had to catch a cab to get back before the train pulled out. One of the porters said he couldn't bring the two shopping bags of booze on to the train, needless to say that didn't fly. It was one strange five days. I'd love to do it again minus the booze, though.
Mar 26, 2013 10:17AM
there is a great train ride from Fairbanks to Denali Park, too. Some pretty nice scenery there, a little out of the way to get to. . .
Mar 26, 2013 10:07AM
I had one of the crappy'est trips ever, when i decided to take a train ride from N.Ca. to Salem Or. 
Twelve hours of hell. "Prayer rugs" in the isle,, noisy, I'll never do it again....
Mar 26, 2013 9:48AM
Obviously the author of this never rode on the Alaska Railroad. 
Mar 26, 2013 8:52AM
I took a trip a couple of years ago from Pittsburgh to Whitefish, Montana with my daughter and it was a great experience.  It was on Amtrak and we left at midnight, got to Chicago at about 9 in the morning and had most of the day until our connection left later that afternoon so we took a tour of the city and had a nice time.  There wasn't much to see until we got further west and into the Rockies and through Glacier National Park and at that point it was breathtaking.  We saw antelope, bear, moose, wild horses, these huge prairie grouse that I always remember seeing on Wild Kingdom as a kid and so much more.  We had a private car which was nice and the food was actually very good.  It was a great way to see the country and the cost was about the same as flying.  I recommend it for any family wanting to see the country!  
The title of this thing is "unforgettable train trips in the US"! Let me tell you about my "UNFORGETTABLE US TRAIN RIDE"!!! I had that in 1966. I went from Denver, Colorado to Pittsburgh, Pa. I did that because at the time there was a airplane strike. So it was either bus or train. I opted for the train. The train? I never forget that horrible ride or the train. It was the ROCKET ISLAND ROCKET! With a name like that what do you think it was? If your thinking express, no it wasn't. It was a milk run, meaning I think we stopped at every railroad crossing. The ride SUCKED!  I'll walk before I take another train. Hell will have to freeze over first before I board a train again. Even if they paid for the ride, they can shove it where the sun don't don't shine. You get my meaning!! That ride left a bad nasty taste in my mouth & as far as that goes, for that long ride the only thing that they gave us to eat then was a ham sandwich. Picture this 2 slices of stale sliced bread & one damn thin slice of processed ham. With nothing to wash it down, even water.
Mar 26, 2013 8:16AM
Would love to take a train trip, but Amtrak seems to want an arm & a leg and I do not want to give mine up.
Mar 26, 2013 8:10AM
What about the Adirondack Scenic Railroad? http://www.adirondackrr.com/
The US needs a high speed rail network linking the entire country together.  But politics and politicians stand in the way.
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