Luxury Canadian rail operator, Rocky Mountaineer, is expanding its network in the US this summer with the inaugural Rockies to Red Rocks on 15 August.
To celebrate its launch, Visit The USA rounds up three train journeys that travellers can book on their next visit to the United States.
Rocky Mountaineer launches new U.S. train journey in August 2021
Boasting dramatic vistas of canyons, deserts and natural archarways, it’s not hard to see why tickets for Rocky Mountaineer’s new route between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah are already in demand. Renowned for its multi-day, daytime train journeys across western Canada, featuring incredible scenery, regional cuisine and attentive service in spacious glass-domed train coaches, its foray into the US will promise guests the same exceptional experience.
The new Rockies to the Red Rocks route is a two-day rail journey with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with breakfast served over views of the Gross Reservoir dam, which has a spillway that sits at 7,225 feet in elevation. This scenic route will launch with a preview season from 15 August to 19 November, 2021, featuring a selection of the finest tours, activities, and stays in Denver and Moab, allowing guests to enjoy the best of what the region has to offer.
Prices start from £1,150 per person, including two days of Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, selected meals and three nights in hotels: Moab,Glenwood Springs and Denver. For more information, visit: www.rockymountaineer.com
Ride on Amtrak, America’s oldest rail operator on a route fit for a President
President Biden’s dedication to Amtrak resulted in earning him the nickname, ‘Amtrak Joe’, after travelling on the Acela to commute between Wilmington, Delaware and Washington, D.C. during his early senatorial days. Most recently, he helped mark Amtrak’s 50th anniversary by speaking at Philadelphia’s bustling 30th Street Station at an Amtrak celebration in late April 2021. Travelling at speeds up to 150 miles per hour, the Acela is exceptionally quick, with the full route spanning from Boston through New York City and Philadelphia before arriving in Washington D.C.
Before departure, travellers can enjoy a visit to the Skywalk Observatory, where they can feast their eyes on a 360-degree view of the Boston skyline and waterfront from 50 stories high, before embarking on their journey south to New York. From the bright, bustling cityscape that is New York City, visitors can catch a show on Broadway or marvel at the metropolis from the top of the Empire State Building. In Philadelphia, art, history, science and gastronomy blend beautifully in the City of Brotherly Love, whereas Washington D.C. boasts the beautiful Union Station conveniently located next to Capitol Hill, a myriad of museums and awe-inspiring statues that tell fascinating stories through their histories and designs.
A one-way passenger ticket from Boston to Washington D.C. on the Acela on select dates in October starts from £26.00. For more information, visit: www.amtrak.com/tickets
Journey across the Cass Scenic Railroad, West Virginia, with Durbin and Greenbrier Valley
The Cass Scenic Railroad from Cass to Bald Knob travels the same line that was built in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass; today passengers can enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the comfort of refurbished logging cars that were used over 100 years ago.
This 11-mile journey takes travellers 2,390 feet high into the Appalachian Mountains, with glorious panoramas of forestry and mountain landscapes. At this altitude, travellers can enjoy a range of fauna and flora including spruce trees, snowshoe hares particular to these mountains. The round-trip is approximately four and a half hours and lunch is included in the journey.
A round trip adult passenger ticket from Cass to Bald Knob ranges from £44.00 – £59.00 depending on selected dates. For more information, visit: www.mountainrailwv.com
Mark Bibby Jackson
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