The most stunningly beautiful train rides in America

If you’re trying to get from point A to point B as ruthlessly fast as possible, you’re not taking a train. But for those who subscribe to the adage that the journey is worth more than the destination, trains are still king. It’s hard not to be seduced by the old-timey dreaminess of railway travel, and whether you’re on a quick jaunt through the countryside or a mountainous cross-country odyssey, it’s the easiest way to see some of the most magnificent scenery in the States. Here are 12 of the best rides in the nation.

#1 Cascades

#2 Cass Scenic Railroad

#3 California Zephyr

#4 White Pass & Yukon Route

#5 Capitol Corridor

#6 Cape Cod Central Railroad

#7 Grand Canyon Railway

#8 Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

#9 Coast Starlight

#10 Sunset Limited

#11 Strasburg Rail Road

#12 Empire Builder