What Are Some Trips by Railroad in the United States?


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Trips by railroad in the United States include fall foliage tours, national park tours and coast-to-coast scenic tours. Various rail companies throughout the United States offer railroad trips, including Amtrak, Conway and Acela.

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Fall foliage tours by train include areas of New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, and cover the landscapes and trees throughout areas such as Franconia Notch State Park, Breakers Mansion and Mystic Seaport. As of October 2015, fall foliage tours are available aboard Amtrak's Vermonter, Cape Cod Central Railroad and Conway Scenic Railroad.

National parks railway tours include a trip on the Empire Builder that departs from Chicago. The first stop on the tour, Glacier National Park, is located in Montana, and includes the famous Going-to-the-Sun-Road. Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole are also stops on a national parks tour, as well as Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. National parks tours aboard the Empire Builder end in Salt Lake City, Utah, after visits to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Passengers then board the California Zephyr to travel through the Colorado Rockies on the return trip home.

Coast-to-coast tours by railway in 2015 include Amtrak's 14-day tour of New York City to Los Angeles, which is also available in reverse departure for those wanting to travel from Los Angeles to New York City. The coast-to-coast tour covers New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles. Overnight stays are offered in each city to allow for sightseeing, shopping and leisure.

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