Holidays by Train to America and Canada
A Rail Holiday to America or Canada is one of the most overlooked and under-rated ways of seeing this amazingly diverse country. Unlike in the UK and much of Europe, where we regard train journeys as a regular experience, often linked to a fairly mundane commute, North American Rail Journeys are an event. The stations are often grandiose and historic monuments to glorious pioneering days, when setting off on a North American rail trip was the start of a great adventure.
America Train Holidays
The best way to see much of America is from the picture-windows of a comfortable rail car, because from this excellent vantage point you will be able to scenes of America not accessible by any other method of transport. Our partners at Amtrak describe in vivid detail what you can expect:
" Take in American life in busy and remote regions of the USA. See children waving from front porches, moose drinking from pristine mountain streams, surfers along the Pacific coast, cattle grazing under an open sky, picnics and baseball in the mid-west, black bears near Glacier National Park. Church steeples and flags greet you on the Atlantic shore between Philadelphia and Boston. In the West, California's Napa Valley and orchards beckon photographers and invite you to stop for a visit."
The very names of great North American trains and rail journeys make the hairs stand up; the California Zephyr going from Chicago to San Francisco, the Coast Starlight running between Seattle and Los Angeles, the Adirondack heading from Montreal to New York, and the Rocky Mountaineer are four amazing rail tours that spring to mind.
There’s nothing quite like the deep throb of an American train whistle, the ‘all aboard’ from the porters and guards and the sense of excitement as you contemplate the coming days and nights on the railroad on your American holiday by train.
Canada Train Holidays
A Rail Holiday to Canada is an adventure on a grand scale. No matter what your destination your holiday begins just as soon as you step aboard: Relax with a book, chat with fellow travellers or just relax and enjoy the rhythm of the rails as you watch the spectacular landscapes unfold. It is the sheer vastness of the unspoiled wilderness that is so breathtaking. From the glittering peaks of the majestic Rockies to the awesome expanses of the central prairies, punctuated by glittering lakes and emerald forest in between, all from the comfort of your purpose-built sightseeing railroad carriage. Canada is just perfect for a great rail adventure.