Train trips are a great way to see the countryside with a sense of nostalgia and romance. Whether you listen to the train’s sound whizzing along the rails or are mesmerized by the beauty that passes outside your window, train trips can be some of the most memorable that you will ever take. You also do not have to worry about traffic or bad weather.
The following are a few train journeys that are full of adventure, romance, and history.
The seven-hour journey through the fjords in Norway
This train trip starts from Oslo to Bergen. You will crisscross upward for two hours, passing snow-shrouded mountains, gazing down into valleys, and ride past waterfalls. After the two-hour ride, you’ll pass through the famous Sognefjord and afterward head to the enormous Fjaerland Glacier. You will also pass through the mountain range in Oslo and verdant valleys, taking you into Bergen city.
The Rocky Mountaineer
This is one of the most beautiful train trips in Canada. The journey commences in Vancouver and gives travelers amazing sights of magnificent mountains, rugged valleys, forests, and peaceful lakes as the train moves from Vancouver to Banff. The route from Whistler in British Columbia to Jasper National Park, Alberta, also offers great views of the mountains.
The Ghan is one of the longest train trips in the world. It is a 1,851-mile trip across Australia. The journey begins at the bottom of the Australian continent, heads north up to the center of Australia, then to Darwin city. Another route of the Ghan trip runs between Adelaide, Alice Springs in the Red Center to Darwin. There are no views like these anywhere else. You will go through an endless unfolding of red and umber. Look out for camels as well as kangaroos.
Niagara Falls to New York
Travelling by train from Niagara Falls to New York is sensational. En route, you’ll see:
- The picturesque Hudson River Valley,
- New York’s wine country,
- The canyons of the Finger Lakes region.
Once at Niagara Falls, go for a boat ride from the Hornblower to the waterfalls or take a tour of ‘Behind the Falls,’ which takes you 150 feet down to the tunnels and viewing spots at the foot of the Falls.
Williams, Arizona to Grand Canyon National Park
This trip offers a truly fantastic approach to encounter one of the natural wonders of the world. The 65-mile ride itself, which takes barely two hours, is brimming with history, from the over 100-year-old terminals on either end, to the land you’ll go through, and the renovated rail vehicles you ride when you arrive at Grand Canyon National Park.
Napa Valley Wine train trip
If you are a wine and vintage lover, the Napa Valley Wine train trip is a must go. The trip transverses through a 150-year-old railroad, covering 36 miles. The railroad once transported visitors to a spa resort in Calistoga, and now leads to a peaceful scenery at St. Helena and back, stopping at the famous region’s wineries. For a luxury experience, try the top-end cuisine served by the train companies offering this trip.
Taking these journeys provides unforgettable experiences. You will also experience the most luxurious train travel, as most train companies have accessorized carriages with linen napkins, gourmet meals, down pillows, and crisp bed linens. This kind of train travel is just what you need.