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Travel Tip: How You Can Take Scenic Train Rides Around the U.S.

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The Hocking Hills in Ohio

It’s one thing to take the train from point A to point B—in which case you definitely want to bring along some entertainment.

But when it comes to scenic train rides, the experience is all about the view…and a little bit of nostalgia.

At the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, you board an 1870 depot and choose between a steam or diesel train for a 35-minute ride along an old Nevada mining trail.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway connects two Adirondack towns on a 56-mile ride along the Hudson River. You can get off at seven stations for hiking, rafting, and horseback riding.

Ohio’s Hocking Valley Scenic Railway focuses on history, with old-school coaches that date as far back as 1917 traveling along the river and the Appalachian foothills.

But for a really classic experience, Pullman Rail Journeys is running between Chicago and Denver this summer, in addition to its usual route between Chicago and New Orleans. You’ll travel aboard traditional sleeping cars, and all your meals are included.

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