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What are some sightseeing train rides?

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The Ethan Allen Express, the Amtrak Cascades and the California Zephyr are some scenic railways in the United States operated by Amtrak. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a scenic train ride in Colorado. Cass Scenic Railroad is an approximately four-hour round-trip train ride in West Virginia. The Grand Canyon Railway runs between Williams, Arizona and the Coastal Classic operates in Alaska.

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The Ethan Allen Express runs 241 miles from New York to Rutland, Vermont; the apprxoimately five-hour trip goes through the Catskill Mountains in New York State and the Green Mountains in Vermont.

Amtrak Cascades is an approximately 11-hour route from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia on which passengers can view Mount Ranier, Mount Baker, islands off the coast, rain forests, and orcas, seals, or otters at Puget Sound.

The California Zephyr runs from Chicago to Emeryville, California through seven states; the trip takes approximately 51 hours. Passengers traveling the entire route cross the Continental Divide, see the Rocky Mountains, and see the desert in Nevada and Utah.

The Catskill Mountain Railroad, the Winnipesaukee Railroad and the Adirondack Railroad are three railroads that offer fall foliage trips on the East Coast. Hawaii offers visitors two short train rides, the Kauai Plantation Railway and the Pineapple Express.

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