The United States boasts several breathtaking train routes that offer stunning winter scenery. Here are some of the best winter train journeys renowned for their picturesque views:
California Zephyr (Chicago to Emeryville/San Francisco): This route traverses the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, offering spectacular snowy landscapes, especially through Colorado and the Sierra Nevada range.
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Empire Builder (Chicago to Seattle/Portland): Passing through the northern United States, this route provides captivating winter vistas of the Glacier National Park, the Rockies, and snowy plains of the Midwest.
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Coast Starlight (Seattle/Los Angeles): While not predominantly snowy, this route offers a mix of scenic beauty. In winter, the Pacific Northwest can be particularly beautiful, and the route covers parts of the Cascade Range.
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Alaska Railroad (Anchorage to Fairbanks): This isn't a traditional lower 48 states journey, but Alaska's winter landscapes are stunning. The Aurora Winter Train runs between Anchorage and Fairbanks, showcasing snow-covered landscapes and potential views of the Northern Lights.
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Amtrak Adirondack (New York City to Montreal): Passing through the Adirondack Mountains, this route exhibits beautiful winter scenery, especially as it approaches Lake Champlain and Montreal.
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Grand Canyon Railway (Williams to Grand Canyon Village): While not focused on winter landscapes, the Grand Canyon in winter can be a breathtaking sight, especially with a dusting of snow across the landscape.
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