10 National Parks in the US You Can Reach by Train
National Parks are a must-see, and getting to them can be an adventure, too! Here are 10 National Parks you can get to via Amtrak train.
Lonely Planet ~ ” Over a century ago, when the first US national parks were formed, most visitors didn’t arrive by car or in RVs, but on trains. Automobiles were still prohibitively expensive, and there were no interstate highways then – most existing thoroughfares would have made for a rough road trip anyways.
But railroad companies were more than happy to lay track to splendid destinations like Yellowstone and Yosemite knowing many Americans back east were eager to see these imagination-defying landscapes in person, and that most didn’t have the time, money, or inclination to make their way on a dusty series of stagecoaches. And though cars eventually became king, you can still reach many national parks the old fashioned way, ensconced in a railway car.
As national parks in the US start to reopen, you can still visit even if you don’t feel comfortable with air travel, or even if you don’t have a car. Traveling to national parks by train gives you two adventures in one – the journey there, and the park itself. No matter what kind of scenery you’re craving, from snow-capped mountains to raging rivers, there are several Amtrak train route options to choose from. Don’t worry about your gear, either – backpackers have been opting for Amtrak for years since there’s plenty of room for your luggage, and even bigger items like a mountain bike or skis.”~ Lonely Planet
Don’t forget to check the National Park Service’s website for the most up-to-date information on park openings, and Amtrak’s website for their implemented safety measures! Click the link below for the full article.
**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.