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train passes mountains in desert

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Southwest Chief

Amtrak has several long-haul routes. One of the most interesting, from a scenery and diversity of landscape perspective, is the Southwest Chief. Covering the complete length of this line means riding from Los Angeles to Chicago. The Chief passes through the deserts and mountains of the Southwest and the plains of the Midwestern states. This is one of the most practical routes from a tourism perspective, because it stops near Southwestern destinations like Santa Fe and the Grand Canyon.