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America's Most Romantic Train Trips

If you've been thinking about sallying forth with a companion, consider a train trip to discover Wes-Anderson-film-levels of nostalgia and beauty. From the Napa Valley to Maine, riding the rails has never been so romantic.
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If you've been thinking about sallying forth with a companion, consider a train trip to discover Wes-Anderson-film-levels of nostalgia and beauty. From the Napa Valley to Maine, riding the rails has never been so romantic.

-- By Max Grinnell

Pullman Rail Journeys (Chicago-New Orleans)
See More of America's Most Romantic Train TripsWhile in Chicago, ask about the Master Bedroom suite in the Pontchartrain Club car, and take it all the way down to the Big Easy. On select trips, musicians from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music serenade riders as they snake through the South.Photo: © Pullman Rail Journeys
Saratoga & North Creek Railway
See More of America's Most Romantic Train TripsIf you’re starting in upstate New York, consider the old-timey Saratoga & North Creek Snow Train, which runs from January to March. As you look out the window across frozen Adirondack landscape, you can think of the lodge that’s waiting for you at the end of the journey in North Creek, New York.Photo: © Saratoga & North Creek Railway
Napa Valley Wine Train
See More of America's Most Romantic Train TripsThere’s pretty much nothing more romantic than moon glow, which is why the Napa Valley Wine Train’s Moonlight Escape excursion probably beats most regular date nights. As you make your way through Napa Valley, enjoy a meal by executive chief Kelly Macdonald, along with (of course!) two glasses of wine.Photo: © The Napa Valley Wine Train
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor
See More of America's Most Romantic Train TripsOn its way from the Connecticut shoreline town of Old Saybrook, the Northeast Corridor train affords couples the opportunity to watch passing sailboats on Long Island Sound, which is particularly beautiful as as the sun sinks below the horizon. For the complete experience, hop off in Mystic and stay at a local B&B to complete the experience.Photo: © George H.H. Huey / Alamy
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner
See More of America's Most Romantic Train TripsIt’s really hard to go wrong with a day trip along the coastline of Southern California. Amtrak’s Surfliner takes passengers from San Luis Obispo down to San Diego, offering views of the Channel Islands and Santa Barbara, to name a few.Photo: © Lisa Werner / Alamy
Grand Canyon Railway
See More of America's Most Romantic Train TripsThis route takes riders across Grand Canyon Country—through the Ponderosa pine forest and expansive prairies, all the way to the South Rim. It’s worth booking tickets in the train’s Luxury Dome car, which provides a more intimate and down-tempo experience. Photo: © The Grand Canyon Railway
Amtrak Cascades service
See More of America's Most Romantic Train TripsGrab a ticket for the morning train from Seattle to Vancouver and you’ll be able to watch the sun rise over Puget Sound. As the train travels right next to the water, eagles, blue herons, and possibly an orca will be right outside your window.Photo: © Amtrak