What better way to enjoy views of picturesque landscapes through a window than from a scenic train ride? It’s time you take the ride! Journey passing misty hills, snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, vineyards through lush green rainforests, tunnels, bridges, enchanting villages, and you will be treated to mind-blowing scenery. Here are some of the most scenic train rides that are as wonderful as their destinations.
Napa Valley Wine Train, United States
A 36-mile round ride from Downtown Napa to St. Helena through vast rows of grapevines with scenic wineries is a train ride worth experiencing. You can watch the scenic Napa Valley roll by, while sipping exquisite wine and enjoying gourmet food. The fabulous interior of the historic train cars perfectly complements the atmosphere and adds a vintage feel to the journey. The best time for a train ride is from February to April when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Best to book the Vista Dome, which is an observation-style dining car where you can get a wide view of the landscapes.
The Glacier Express, Switzerland
The Glacier Express brings you spectacular views of adjoining hills, magnificent lakes, and charming villages along its journey through the Swiss Alps. Starting from Zermatt, and moving on to the Upper Rhone Valley, the train reaches Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the ride. The train moves along the Rhine Valley after passing the highest point that brings the most stupendous views of the Rhine Gorge, also known as the “Swiss Grand Canyon.” The train continues its journey through the Albula tunnel and arrives at its destination in St. Moritz, Switzerland by making an end to its eight-hour ride. If you go for the Excellence Class ticket, you will be pampered with a multi-course lunch too.
Venice Simplon-Orient Express, Europe
Experience the awe-inspiring views of Swiss mountains and spectacular countrysides, while basking in the luxury of the ride itself. The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is quite famous for its exquisite furnishings, with its 17 restored vintage carriages from the 1920s. The train tours throughout Europe, while making stops at the historic cities of Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. The recently introduced grand suites; Prague, Vienna and Budapest perfectly restored by French designers to be launched in June 2023, include double beds, private bathrooms and even a living room with underfloor heating. The classy interior of Venice Simplon-Orient Express and the champagne bar guarantee you an unforgettable experience.
Jacobite Steam Train, Scotland
The Jacobite Steam Train runs an 84-mile journey starting from the Scottish Highlands closer to Ben Navis through picturesque green hills, valleys and scenic towns, crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct, a 21-arched railway bridge that overlooks Jacobite monument and Loch Shiel. The train does a brief stop at the Glenfinnan Station and drifts through the towns of Lochailort, Arisaig, and Morar, while making its final stop at Mallaig. Did you know that it was the Jacobite that inspired the Hogwarts Express? It’s a ride that’s worth ticking off your bucket list, and even more, if you are a Harry Potter fan.
Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka
This seven-hour ride from Kandy to Ella is one that is filled with awe and excitement. Witness the splendour of the lush tea plantations, waterfalls and scenic villages while exploring the countryside of Sri Lanka. You can purchase local snacks and fresh fruit from the vendors when the train stops at several stations on its way to Ella. The train will be passing the nine-arch bridge between Ella and Demodara, which is a local landmark that attracts many locals as well as foreigners to visit Ella.
Hudson Line, Metro-North
This two-hour train ride from New York City to Poughkeepsie is just what you need after days of tiresome work. The train journey along the eastern shore of the Hudson River through to Poughkeepsie gives you unparalleled views of the Hudson River, lush green forests and mansions. Heading out from Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, it passes the Yankee Stadium, a highlight of the journey, and makes its way through the busy historic towns. As the train makes stops, a walk in the artist community in Beacon, exploring its contemporary museum and galleries is definitely worth your time.
TranzAlpine, New Zealand
Witness the splendour of Waimakariri River Gorge from 240 feet above, while travelling over the viaduct and journeying through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels in just one trip. The four-and-a-half journey begins in Christchurch at 8.15 a.m. and passes through farmlands of Canterbury Plains, heading towards the Southern Alps. The return journey to Christchurch which gives the best views of the coastal area is after a one-hour stop at the historical gold mining town of Greymouth. Make sure to witness the panoramic views, while enjoying snacks, beer and wine from its café bar.
Kuranda Scenic Railway, Australia
Take a step closer to nature with a scenic two-hour train ride from Cairns to Kuranda. Relax with the calming views of waterfalls, mountains, varied species of birds and other wildlife through one of the oldest rainforests in Queensland, Australia. The train stops at Barron Falls Station for 10 minutes to let you enjoy the falls. You will also get to witness Barron Gorge National Park, a world famous national park, while on the ride. Get ready for a stunning train ride through a tropical paradise by tumbling into a deep lush green world throughout the journey.
Rocky Mountaineer, Western Canada
Get yourself booked for the four-day ride from the coastal city of Vancouver to Banff, known as the “First Passage to the West”, a train ride that covers most of the extensive remote areas with picture-postcard scenery in every direction you look. As the name suggests, the train ride takes you through rocky mountains, forests and beautiful valleys. The train also features an outdoor viewing platform for you to soak in the spectacular views.
Train journeys not only allow you to see the beauty of the world, but also to experience it. Hop aboard these trains to indulge in the blissful journeys through rocky mountains, valleys, forests, tunnels and to witness the spectacular views.