Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world as you glide seamlessly to new heights and otherwise inaccessible lands.
Going traveling? Really want to see the world? It can often be hard to fit everything into your trip. There's always so much to see and do. However, have you ever considered exploring by train? Whether it's as a means of transport or as a day trip, taking a train journey often enables you to make the most out of your trip. Here are 9 of the most scenic train journeys to inspire your next adventure.
The Jacobite, Scotland
This 84-mile round trip starts off in the town of Fort Williams, near Ben Nevis (Britain's tallest mountain!), and takes you on a stunning tour of Scotland's Highlands: dramatic mountains, crystal blue lochs, stunning valleys and picturesque villages. Perhaps the most iconic part of the trip is crossing over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct. Harry Potter fans will certainly recognise this view as it is the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the steam engine which became the Hogwarts Express. As well as enjoying the breathtaking scenery on the train, you can also hop off the train at various points during your journey in order to explore many of the surrounding quaint villages.
The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
Marvel at the otherwise inaccessible terrain as you glide through the Canadian Rockies: travel to Jasper National Park, Lake Louise and Banff National Park. The all-dome train of the Rocky Mountaineer ensures that you won't miss a single moment of the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you; whether that's a stunning glacier fed lake or a grizzly bear grazing by the line side. You can choose from one of four different routes all lasting for 2 days; whichever you choose you're sure to have an unforgettable ride.
The Reunification Express, Vietnam
The Reunification express does not refer to one particular train, but to any of the trains running on Vietnam's North-South Railway Line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Although French colonialists built the line, the Reunification Express is a symbol of the reunification of North and South Vietnam; it is also a great way to really experience the county's character. This 30 hour journey exposes you to the country's diverse beauty, from its fishing villages to its rice paddies and its exquisite coastline.
The Beijing to Lhasa Express, China
The Lhasa express, otherwise known as the ?Sky Train,? is an epic adventure that will take you through the Tibetan Plateau at heights of over 13,000 feet for over 600 miles of your journey. As the world's highest railway, the Lhasa express has very quickly become a popular way to travel to Tibet due to the unparalleled views of the plateau that the 13,000-foot vantage point provides. Leaving from Beijing West Railway Station, you will arrive at Lhasa after 40 hours and 40 minutes of travelling and 40 hours and 40 minutes of stunning scenery.