6: Southwest Chief, Los Angeles to Chicago
Leave the congested Southern California, and soon, you will be climbing the Cajon Pass to reach the Mojave Desert. You can change in Williams for the Grand Canyon Railway if you like. See miles of painted desert as you continue this 2,256 mile train ride. You will soon twist through red rock canyons with scrub oak, tamarisk, juniper and ponderosa pines. Often the rock is inches from your face as your rain snakes through these canyons. In Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas, you will see big city downtowns and beautiful small towns. This is a 40 hour trip, an epic train ride.
Address: Chicago - Albuquerque - Los Angeles