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10 Incredible Train Trips

There's just something about traveling by train.
There's just something about traveling by train.
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There's something romantic about train travel. Perhaps it's the rhythm of the wheels on the rails. Or maybe it's the books, TV shows and movies that make train travel seem like so much fun. The truth is, trains can be an eco-friendly alternative to plane travel. In addition, train trips give you a chance to experience beautiful scenery while going from point A to point B. And you don't even have to take your shoes off at security to enjoy it.

Although train trips to any destination can be an idyllic mode of travel, some trips are special for the route they're on or the type of train making the trip. Maybe you'd like the chance to ride on the world's first bullet train, or experience a historic journey through the eyes of your favorite novelist.

Perhaps your tastes run toward the more adventurous. If so, you can ride on top of a train car zipping through the mountains in Ecuador, or experience a ride that's 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) above sea level while traveling from China to Tibet.

Whether you're in it for luxury, science, history or adventure, there's an incredible train ride for just about anyone.