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June 23, 2009

Rail Travel: The Most Scenic Train Tours in the World

Trains Train travel is romantic, scenic, a wonderful way to meet and mix with locals - and equally important, a very green way to experience a country, according to Bea Broda, President of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Here are the SATW’s top scenic train rides around the world:

 

Switzerland: The Glacier Express is the famous Swiss mountain railway from St. Moritz to Zermatt, a 7.5 hour railway journey that crosses 291 bridges and burrows through 91 tunnels.

 

United States: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through rugged canyons in the remote wilderness of Colorado’s two-million-acre San Juan National Forest. The train is pulled by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive along the same tracks traveled over a century ago by miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West.

 

Canada: The Rocky Mountaineer offers spectacular two-day journeys through the Canadian Rocky Mountains from Vancouver to Jasper.

Europe: The Bernina Express from Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy, makes the highest rail crossing of the Alps, passing from icy glaciers to palm-shaded piazzas in just a few hours. It crosses 196 bridges and passes through 55 tunnels, while winding around countless spectacular switchbacks.

 

Peru: The Peru Rail carries passengers on a spectacular journey through the high Andes from Cusco to Machu Picchu.  There are three levels of service, from backpacker trains to Vistadome cars to the luxurious blue and gold Hiram Bingham train.

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