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1. The Empire Builder, Chicago to Portland or Seattle
Three words: Glacier National Park. A million acres, two mountain ranges, and, wait for it… glaciers (!!!) are hands down what make the Empire Builder number one. Be sure to grab a seat in one of the observation lounge cars so you can soak it all in. This train also takes you through Whitefish, Montana, the plains of North Dakota, along Lewis and Clark's expedition route
, and through a seven-mile
tunnel cut into the Cascade Mountains. Can you say "all aboard"?
Starts at around $175. But this is another 46hr adventure, so realize by the time you choo choo into your final destination you could've flown to Australia and back. And then back to Australia again.