13 Beautiful Train Rides Across the United States to See the Fall Foliage

Rocky Mountaineer's "Rockies to the Red Rocks" route links Denver's Union Station to downtown Moab. The cruise overnights in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Rocky Mountaineer

California Zephyrs are national favorites for a reason. The 50-hour hike has the worst vistas on this hundreds-mile cross-country trip. 

Amtrak California Zephyr

This Midwest route from St. Louis to Kansas City offers Missouri River views. Each attractive stop on the train has a rich history and many interesting attractions.

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

This railroad originally connected Georgetown and Silver Plume, two mining communities a few miles apart, across a steep, narrow, and scenic canyon.

Georgetown Loop Railroad

Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak have the tallest and longest cog railway. This train has taken travelers to the top of Pikes Peak since 1891, highlighting the changing flora and spectacular. 

The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Amtrak's Vermonter runs daily between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, northern Vermont, through New York City, rural Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Amtrak Vermonter

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad winds through lush woods and high plains in Colorado and New Mexico, creating spectacular scenery. 

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Ohio's only national park's Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports travelers through breathtaking scenery 30 minutes from Cleveland. 

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

The Pacific Northwest's most magnificent scenery are on Amtrak's Cascades route, especially in October when the forest foliage changes.

Amtrak Cascades

Traveling to the peak of Mount Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway gives travelers a unique view of fall's beauty. 

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

The Virginia & Truckee Railway outside Carson City, Nevada, offers a 19th-century steam train ride for railroad lovers. 

Virginia & Truckee Railway

Amtrak's Empire Builder service lets passengers explore the American West in contemporary railcars. 

Amtrak Empire Builder

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