Worth missing the train
Rail travel has come a long way over the years. Trundling locomotives have given way to high-speed rail with passenger cars furnished like the business-class section of an airliner.
But one aspect of train travel hasn't changed: the stations still provide some of the most interesting architecture in the world.
Even those who've never ridden on a train are familiar with New York City's Grand Central Station, and there are other railway hubs that are just as eye-catching, like the tropical garden of Atocha Station in Madrid shown here. Some are modern creations, others have been faithfully renovated to preserve the past — but all of them are worth a look.