As a young kid, I always loved traveling by train. It’s such a great way to truly see the landscape while traveling! We are excited to be on one of the most scenic train rides in the US.
In just a few weeks, my family is setting out on a train journey across the United States, and we can’t wait to see what’s out there! There’s something so magical about winter train routes and we are hoping we see tons of wildlife. It took us a while to find what we considered the best winter train route in America, but we were pleased with what we arrived at. Keep reading to see the other winter train ideas that were up for consideration.
Scenic Train Rides In The US
Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska
This 12-hour train ride sounds long, but you’ll be transfixed with the scenery the entire time. The train passes near Denali National Park, so you’ll have a terrific (hopefully unobstructed…pesky clouds!) view of the summit as well as great views of wildlife. There are stops along the way so you can see what life in Alaska is like! https://www.alaskatrain.com/routes/glaicier-discovery.html
Salt Lake City to Yellowstone (Round Trip)
This is the one my family and I chose because believe it or not, we think Yellowstone is even prettier with snow! Travelers will depart on a five-day journey from Salt Lake City, Utah and spend some time enjoying the steamy geysers and wildlife at Yellowstone National Park. Lodging is included, so be sure to get your tickets before they go too fast.
Seattle to The Canadian Rockies (and More!)
Unfortunately, our youngest doesn’t yet have his passport, or this winter train ride would have won out! Travel from Seattle to Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, and Calgary while stopping for a few days in the Canadian Rockies. Your trip will come to a close when you return to Seattle nine days later. You can find more information here!
Napa Valley, Wine Train
If you’re looking to get away from the sharp chill of winter, head out to California for a trip through Napa Valley. Stop at popular wineries throughout the valley as the train travels. If you ask me, this makes traveling by train much more enticing!
Seattle to Los Angeles (Round Trip)
Speaking of warm weather, this train ride will take you right to it! It’s oddly satisfying to watch the snow melt away as you make your way to the beach. Don’t forget to hit the beach during your time in Los Angeles, tanned skin is always the best souvenir!
Scenic Train Rides In The US -East Coast
New York to Montreal
There’s something about train rides to Canada that sound so magical. In addition to being one of the most scenic train rides in the US, this Amtrak train ride was considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Once you’ve relished in the snow-capped peaks, it’s easy to see why. Bring your skis, there might be a chance to whip them out!