Longing for a different holiday this year? The 5 Best Luxury Train Journeys in the US | luxury toys

For nearly 200 years, railroads have transported passengers to various locations in the United States, transforming them from a practical form of transportation to the pinnacle of luxury for wealthy Americans by the early 1900s.

But when jets arrived on the scene, rail traffic languished. Today, however, slow travel is making a comeback.

Travelers long to bask in the ambiance of elegant train carriages, gaze at breathtaking views and devour delicious meals as they arrive at their destination. While the US has been rather slow in regaining luxury rail travel compared to the rest of the world, a growing number of elegant rail experiences can be found across the country.

Here are the five of the best luxury train travel experiences in the US

1. Rocky Mountain Climber

In August 2021, Canadian railroad company Rocky Mountaineer debuted its first-ever U.S. route, Rockies to Red Rocks, a highly anticipated two-day trip between Denver and Moab, Utah, including an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The glass-domed cars provide passengers with exceptional views of the mountains, canyons, rivers, and hoodoos throughout the journey. Passengers enjoy multi-course meals, in their seats or in a designated dining room, depending on ticket class.

2. The Grand Canyon Railroad

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The train departs from the Williams Depot in Williams, Arizona, about 100 miles south of the canyon itself, then travels two and a half hours across the desert to reach Grand Canyon Village, right next to the South Rim.

For the most luxurious experience, book the Luxury Parlor or Luxury Dome service class – the adults-only cars have private bars and open-air platforms.

3. Napa Valley Wine Train

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The train makes a three-hour round trip between downtown Napa and St. Helena. While there are several itineraries, most include a multi-course gourmet meal served in the refined historic train cars, and some attractions include stops and tastings at various wineries.

The most popular car on the train is the Vista Dome, a 1952 Pullman, where you dine in a glass-domed car with nearly uninterrupted views of the vineyard.

4. Alaska Railroad

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The Alaska Railroad connects Seward and Fairbanks via a 470-mile track and offers scenic excursions across the state. Book the GoldStar service for a more upscale experience – it’s offered aboard the Denali Star train, a 12-hour itinerary connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks, and the Coastal Classic Train, which connects Anchorage and Seward.

The service provides guests with spacious seats in a domed car, access to an outdoor viewing platform, meals in the dining car, and access to a private bar.

5. Strasbourg Railway

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A ride on the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania is only 45 minutes, but it’s the country’s oldest continuously operating railroad, established in 1832. For a luxurious, fun-ride ride, book one of the historic premium automobiles, including the private rental President’s Auto ; the Parlor Car, which has tables and benches; or one of the two Lounge Cars, which are equipped with velvet-covered captain’s seats.

Snacks and drinks are available on each ride, as well as a special wine-and-cheese experience for adults on Friday and Saturday nights.

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