Traveling by train is one of the best ways to be green, reduce our carbon emissions, and save resources. It pollutes less than the airplane, and it is better for the environment than driving alone. And not to mention, it's kind of romantic if you ask me!
Throughout the US and Canada, there are so many gorgeous train routes that allow you to slow down and take it all in. Why not watch the leaves change colors right out your window in the northeast...
Or watch the rolling hills of vineyards pass you by in the Napa Valley...
Or breath in the mountain air as you pass by rushing rivers in the Sierras...
And for a real treat, take a train across Canada and witness some of our earth's most majestic scenery.
And with a little help from our friends at Planet Green, here are 3 scenic North American train routes that you should know:
1. The California Zephyr - This route links the Land of Lincoln with the Golden State. It zips through the Rockies, the Sierra Nevada's and across the lonely American plains.
2. The Canadian - This trip, hailed as the ultimate Canadian train experience, will take you from Toronto to Vancouver. See the Canadian prairie, scenic lake-lands and witness the Rocky Mountains. If you've seen the American Rockies and were impressed, you can be impressed by them again in a whole different country!
3. The Copper Canyon Route - Reader's Digest called this route "the most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere." Start in El Paso and end at Pacific port of Topolobampo. Gaze in awe at the Copper Canyon, a canyon larger and more coppery than the Grand One. Cross the treacherous Sierra Madre, a mountain range so dubious that building a train route through it was considered impossible. They did, however, decide at some point that it wasn't impossible.
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So for your next vacation...GET ON THE GREEN TRAIN!!!