Retired? These 5 Train Experiences Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

If you are retired and reading this, chances are that you love to travel. Travelling is the most common retirement dream. In fact, according to AARP’s 2017 survey, travel is at the top of 83 percent of Baby Boomers’ bucket lists. People literally wait their entire lives for retirement. Much like a honeymoon, it’s a rite of passage and the perfect time to do all the things you’ve always imagined. Why retire in place when you could spend it travelling?

Two Older Women on TrainDo you want to travel by rail to see and experience all of the places you’ve only dreamed of or read about in magazines or on Facebook? This is your opportunity to do it! Whether you’re seeking rest and relaxation, excitement and adventure, or simply want to make memories with your grandchildren, Amtrak Vacations will take you where you want to go.

The only question is, where to? Here are six train experiences that should be on your travel bucket list.

1. Grand Northern Rail Experience

Muir Woods TreesVenture from the breathtaking great plains of the Midwest to the serene waters of the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey from Chicago to San Francisco, with a stop in Seattle. Enjoy the landscape as you travel along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. Explore Seattle on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Discover the sights of San Francisco. Spend some quality time in two majestic parts of Northern California: Muir Woods and Sausalito. And, then you’ll head back to the “Windy City” on board one of most beautiful train trips in all of North America.

2. Washington, New York and Niagara Falls

View of Niagara Falls in a sunny dayJourney from America’s capital to the breathtaking majesty of Niagara Falls. In Washington, DC, visit a Smithsonian Museum, take a picture in front of the White House, and stop by the many monuments around the city. Then head up to New York City where you will visit the Empire State Building, Times Square, the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, and Central Park. You will also take in a classic show on Broadway! From there it is up and across the border to the majestic Niagara Falls. There, you can take in all the beauty of the Falls. It’s truly an unforgettable sight!

3. Rails to the Grand Canyon

Elderly couple in Grand CanyonWhy take a car to the Grand Canyon when you can ride a train, especially one like the Grand Canyon Railway? You’ll have a memorable experience travelling to the Grand Canyon and coming back. Starting in Williams, Arizona, the final Route 66 town bypassed by Interstate 40, you’ll venture 65 miles through Ponderosa pine forests and high desert plains to the South Rim. When you do arrive, you’ll quickly realize that the Grand Canyon is a place that you cannot truly appreciate until you see it with your own eyes. Photographs just don’t do it justice.

4. Grand National Parks with Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Glacier National Park

Row Boat at Lower Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National ParkReady to take in all the exquisite natural beauty of three of America’s most beloved national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Glacier National Park! Explore all these amazing landscapes as well as the beautiful scenic journey by train along the way. Grand National Parks is an unforgettable adventure to the best of the American outdoors. One thing’s for sure: You’re guaranteed to make memories that will last for years to come.

5. Canadian Rail Experience

Yosemite National Park Sunrise Glacier PointEnjoy an experience unlike any other on the Canadian Rail Experience! Capture all of the culture and excitement of both Toronto and Vancouver with fun and user-friendly hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours! Then board VIA Rail’s® Canadian for the cross-country trip to the west. Capture the pure beauty and majestic sights of the many plains, mountains, lakes, and glaciers as you travel through the Canadian country-side. With so much to take in on your cross-Canada trip, the travel becomes the destination on this Canadian Rail Experience!

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