The Most Stunningly Beautiful Train Rides In America

Tourists prefer to fly because it saves them time. But TSA security lines can last for hourslost luggage horror stories, and annoying fellow-passengers make the short trip feel like a lifetime of misery.[slideshow:100915]

Go ahead then, and take the train. Choose the scenic route over the quick one and make getting to your destination part of the vacation. Relax, take in the stunning sights and explore parts of the world you have never seen before.

Traveling by train may seem like traveling through time, but passengers continue to be thrilled by mountain summits, lavish landscapes, narrow and scary tunnels, as well as terrifyingly steep grades.

All of these make for an unforgettable adventure as you crawl across countries and even an entire continent, especially when you consider that many train lines have different themed-shows onboard to keep people of all ages equally entertained.

Some people prefer the train because it's mysterious, others because they have the time and not the money for a plane ticket. Whatever the reason, the outcome is often the same – an iconic journey. 

Click here for 16 of the Most Stunningly Beautiful Train Rides in America

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