One of the most scenic byways in the world following mountain ridgelines and taking in the breath-taking alpine scenery. One spectacular stop after another from Deer Ridge Junction to the Rainbow Curve, to Forest Canyon Overlook and many, many more.
Top 50 countdown of once-in-a-lifetime experiences
Join us as we count down to our top 50, most sought-after experiences that you must do within your lifetime!
Watch the sunrise (or set) over this spectacular mountain range. Travel also through the mountains as the train journeys nearly eight miles through the heart of the mountains the Cascade Tunnel, America's longest train passage.
Unique bucket-list, historical experience. Stroll the heart of this charming city stopping to shop, dine and take in the city. Better yet, cruise it for a stretch and then stroll back to shop and savor the local cuisine.
Located right in downtown and surrounded by the White River National Forest and the Rocky Mountains. The historic Hotel Colorado has played host to such historical figures as Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown.
Travel on the Amtrak California Zephyr, one of the most scenic routes, traveling alongside the Colorado River, filled with rapids and spectacular scenery. Enjoy lunch onboard the train while keeping an eye out for rafters seeking adventure!
Travel onboard the train through one of the most spectacular stretches of the Appalachian Mountains. Take in this postcard experience as the train crosses classic bridges spanning the meandering New River as it makes its way through the National Park that bears its name.
Throughout the roaring twenties, The Drake became high-society’s first choice in opulence. In the 1930s, icons such as Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, George Gershwin, and Charles Lindbergh could be seen sipping a cocktail and listening to Herbie Kay in The Gold Coast Room.
This series of 13 brightly-colored, waterfront houses dating back to 1740 is one of Charleston’s most photographed spots.
As one of the most topographically prominent peaks in the world, Mt. Rainier remains an active volcano and an instantly recognizable part of the greater Seattle area.
This hotel is the only way to stay inside Zion National Park's 140k acres of unparalleled natural beauty. Located along the Virgin River, the Zion Scenic Drive, and within easy reach of The Narrows and Angel's Landing.
Experience the famous landmark of the Mississippi as you travel back in time through the charm and history of New Orleans. Hop onboard a classic riverboat and savor excellent live jazz as the cruise lazily follows the course of the Mississippi.
Get up close with the most photographed location in Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, the largest free-standing arch out of over 2,000 arches in the park.
Chicago is known for its spectacular architecture and there is no better way to experience the history and beauty than with an architecture cruise to get a different vantage point and see these buildings from the Chicago River.
The mildly adventurous will want to get their feet wet wandering The Narrows, the narrowest stretch of the Canyon with 1,000 foot high walls on either side. For those seeking a little adventure, walk up to the top of Angels Landing for the mind-blowing scenic views over the park.
Stay at this iconic French-inspired hotel with ceiling murals from Art Deco painter Louis Pierre Rigal and its 1.25-ton, 24-karat gold winged candelabras designed by Tiffany & Co.
Visit what Rolling Stone magazine calls "America’s Best Amphitheater". This outdoor amphitheatre is known for the red rocks and cliffs, that form natural acoustics of superb sound and views of the Rocky Mountains.
Muir Woods National Monument is home to more than 380 different plants and animals, including Redwood trees that are nearly 1,000 years old and reach heights of more than 250 feet.
This luxury resort sits on the shores of Lake Louise and is surrounded by the majestic Canadian Rockies. Enjoy your relaxing accommodations at the full-service spa or enjoy an afternoon tea with views overlooking the lake.
The hoodoos at Bryce Canyon are carved in the Claron Formation. Limestone, siltstone, dolomite and mudstone make up the four different rock types that form the Claron Formation where each rock type erodes at different rates.
Explore local artisans in the crafts market section, eat at many local eateries, and of course, see the famous throwing of fish at this famous, must-see area in Seattle.
Often wreathed in cloud, these beautiful (and often snow-capped) remnants of the volcanic San Francisco Mountain, rise above the San Francisco Volcanic Field in northern Arizona and are a spectacular sight from the train.
Take a fun vintage-style bus to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the home of the King! A short ride on the charming “Sweet Caroline” or her sister bush “Miss Clawdy II” sets the perfect mood for visiting Elvis’ home, the second most visited home in the country.
Experience the best of Louisiana’s famous exotic swamps covered with moss-laden cypress trees. On a sunny day, experience the sights of alligators sunning themselves on floating logs. Keep an eye out for pelicans, so abundant in the marshes that Louisiana is nicknamed the “Pelican State.”
Enjoy wellness with a view with 16 natural soaking pools and spectacular views of the Roaring Fork Valley, snow-capped Mount Sopris, rugged Red Mountain and the Colorado River.
Arguably one of the most iconic landmarks in the U.S., the Space Needle offers awe-inspiring views of Seattle, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. For a truly unique experience, be sure to explore the amazing sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass at the base.
Explore a National Historic Landmark in the Colonial Revival that's famous for its style and décor and located on the shores of Lake Yellowstone with amazing views.
Take in the breathtaking views of El Capitan and Half Dome, arguably some of the best views in all the national parks. No matter how adventurous you are, these views are sure to impress from all vantage points.
Journey through the charming sun-drenched countryside while savouring gourmet culinary experiences on an elegant train. Then tour and taste the finest vintages at an award-winning Napa winery.
Explore more than 2,600 stars embedded in the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard on both sides, highlighting the greats of the entertainment industry. Look for your favorite actors, musicians, and more!
Hop onboard the Amtrak California Zephyr as it travels through the Rocky Mountains, winding alongside climbing in elevation. Travel through tunnels carved out of the rocks.
Journey along sea cliffs and coastline taking in unforgettable stretches of the California Coast and the mighty Pacific Ocean. Wildlife spotters are likely to see frolicking sea lions and the wild zebras near Paso Robles.
Enjoy modern comforts with a rich history at this centrally-located "Grande Dame" hotel steps away from spectacular blues performances and rich southern cuisine.
Experience the abundance of wildlife in Grand Tetons National Park such as grizzly bears, bison, moose and elk. If you choose to visit in the winter - visit the National Elk Refuge, home to thousands of elk, hundreds of bison, bighorn sheep, and an array of birdlife.
Denali (also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name) is the highest mountain peak in North America - “Denali” comes from Koyukon, a traditional Native Alaskan language, and means “the tall one.”
Experience the classic French elegance of this historic chateau inspired by the great estates of the Loire Valley in France. Take in breath-taking views from its high perch overlooking historic Quebec City and the St. Lawrence River.
Visit the most recognizable of Yellowstone's geothermal features, which erupts typically in 44 to 120 minute intervals sending water skyrocketing 150-200 feet in the air.
Stroll across Boston Common and the Public Gardens then travel by train across New England leaf-peeping along the way.
Walk to the base of the tallest and most majestic fall in Yosemite. Hearing the roar and feeling the spray, is an experience that should be on everyone's bucket list.
Opened in 1905, this historic hotel is located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Designed to be a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norwegian Villa, El Tovar is considered to be the crown jewel of National Park Lodges.
This scenic mountainside drive-in Glacier National Park is the only road that traverses the park, crossing the Continental Divide and through almost every type of terrain in the park, from large glacial lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys to windswept alpine tundra atop the pass.
Experience the ultimate American Rail Journey from one end of the US to the other. Take in every type of scenery North America has to offer passing soaring mountains, rivers, quaint towns, big cities, prairie lands, and through tunnels carved through the heart of our mountains.
Amazing by day, but the pearly white marble monuments and statues of the capital are even better by night. Experience how the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Marine Corps Monument will take your breath away when lit up against the nighttime sky.
An awe-inspiring natural wonder with an average of over 80k cubic feet of water passing over the falls every second while heading down to Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence, and then ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean.
Wake up to a mix of colors rising over the canyon at Mather Point in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Experience the reflection of the colors as the sun starts its day and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature before all the day-trippers make it up to the canyon.
A classic and historic elegance within steps of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, fine dining, and excellent shopping including some of the finest antique dealers anywhere.
In all rooms, daytime seating converts to beds at night. Amtrak’s private sleeping rooms include in-room features, services, and amenities to ensure a one-of-a-kind relaxing journey.
Experience this historic lodge built in 1913 located in the southeast corner of Glacier National Park, well known as the first stop on visitors' Glacier vacations for decades. Styled as a Swiss chalet, the lobby features 40ft high Douglas Fir logs towering over the lobby.
Synonymous with San Francisco and the Bay, this historic landmark is a must-see in and arguably the most-photographed bridge in the world. Take the time to stroll part or all of its length on pedestrian walkways and take in the breathtaking views.
Step into the hustle and bustle of New Orleans French Quarter with upbeat live music, amazing cuisine and vibrant architecture and cultural experiences.
The largest of Yellowstone's hot springs and the third largest in the world. The Grand Prismatic Spring is famous for its rich array of colors which change each season making it a landmark worth visiting time and time again.