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Best train journeys in North America

June 6, 2012, 7:08 p.m.
train passes lakeshore

Photo: Amtrak

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Empire Builder

Another days-long option is the Empire Builder, a train that makes a long-haul journey between Chicago and Seattle. This routes cuts through the lake country of Minnesota and the plains of North Dakota before moving through the legendary Big Sky landscapes of Montana and the diverse and little-visited areas of northernmost Washington and Idaho.