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Best train journeys in North America

By: Josh Lew on June 6, 2012, 7:08 p.m.
train rolls by ruins in desert

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Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway runs to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, one of America's most iconic attractions. The train offers round-trip service from Williams, Ariz. (near Flagstaff). For over a century passengers have been riding to the canyon along this route. The current journey takes a little over two hours, with the train passing through pine forests and high desert landscapes along the way. Lucky riders will get to glimpse elk or even mountain lions in the forests and the famous pronghorns in the desert. The landscapes and wildlife make this an interesting ride for nature seekers as well as people with their sights set on the Grand Canyon. Many passengers find the Old West vibe of the Grand Canyon Depot to be the best part of the trip. This structure, built at the same time as the line itself (the early 20th century), has a wood frame and log walls, which create a rustic atmosphere that matches the timelessness of the Grand Canyon itself.