Train rides are an ideal way to get off the freeway and spend a day in parts of America rarely experienced by modern travelers.

The steam locomotive operated by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad pulls the adventurer into the Colorado wilderness in a level of comfort and luxury the Donner Party could only dream of. Whether one chooses the spectacle of steep canyon walls or a snowy afternoon on one of their special holiday trips, the experience will never be forgotten.

Steam through forests of aspens and conifers on the way to lunch by taking a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Passengers may start in Antonito, Co, or Chama, NM but all spend time in the old railroad town of Osier, CO for a meal in the refreshing mountain air.

The Nevada Northern Railway offers a variety of Western adventures on one of North America’s best-preserved vintage railway sections. Whether one chooses the excitement of a hold-up or the breath-taking experience of a star-gazing ride, they’ll hear the same rhythmic rail clatter heard by copper minors over a hundred years ago.

Travelers choose the Grand Canyon Railway for a first-class trip to the South Rim at an economical price. Zip through the desert in a restored railcar while cowboys serenade you from the aisles and arrive at the Grand Canyon relaxed and knowledgeable.

There may be no better way to experience California’s redwood forests than the Skunk Train. Not only do passengers get to ride through the Noyo River Canyon in a railcar, but they can also get off the train and experience the transfixing atmosphere of some of the country’s biggest trees.

One memorable way to spend a Saturday east of the Mississippi would be packing a picnic to enjoy in the Appalachian meadows of West Virginia. These meadows are too remote to be reached by car but are easily accessed by the Cass Scenic Railroad, a steam engine operating from a town virtually unchanged since its founding in 1901.

A traveler outside of the Lower 48 may choose to relive the Klondike Gold Rush on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. This line can bring travelers to a wilderness campsite for an overnight adventure or to a section of the Chilkoot Hiking Trail. They’ll even provide lunch if notified in advance.

Whether a traveler is seeking peace or adventure, there is a rail journey that provides the perfect experience.