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Dereham is a town in Norfolk , England . Dereham is a busy market town serving local residents and a wide rural area. The town has a market on Tuesdays and Fridays selling a range of food and household items. The town hosts the headquarters of the Mid-Norfolk Railway, which runs trains over an 11.5-mile heritage railway south to Wymondham.

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Dereham, sometimes knows as East Dereham and not to be confused with West Dereham (around 15 miles away), has a population of around 18,000. The town is situated 25 miles to the W of Norwich and 40 miles NNE of Ely .

The Town badge is from the arms of the Bishop of Ely with a deer. The three golden crowns are from the princesses and saints, Withburga, Æthelthryth and Saxburga. The town is on the site of a monastery founded by St Withburga (whose body was stolen by the monks of Ely legend being that the Holy Well in St Nicholas' Church started to flow when her body was stolen). Æthelthryth was a princess, a Fenland queen and Abbess of Ely. Saxburga was a queen then regent in Kent until her son came of age after which she moved to live at the Abbey of Ely. Dereham's name derives from a deer park that (is thought to have) existed in the area.

The town is twinned with the town of Rüthen in North Rhine-Westphalia , Germany . It is also twinned with Caudebec-lès-Elbeuf , France.

The town lies on the A47 King's Lynn , Dereham, Norwich , Great Yarmouth main road, about 27 miles E of King's Lynn and 18 miles W of Norwich .

The town does have a railway station but is serves only a preserved heritage Mid-Norfolk Railway linking the town to Wymondham and running between 3 and 6 trains per day (depending on the day and time of year) - so not a useful route into the town for most people.

  • Nar Valley Way . A long-distance footpath (33 miles) runs between Gressenhall (3 miles to the NE) and King's Lynn . ( updated Jun 2017 )
  • Cross Norfolk Trail . A 96-mile path that runs between King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth . It is made up of various other footpaths (including the Nar Valley Way and the Wensum Way). ( updated Jun 2017 )


The town is small enough to get around on foot.

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  • 52.68063 0.93837 2 Bishop Bonner's Cottage ( Museum ), St. Withburga Lane, Dereham, NR19 1ED , ☏ +44 1362 853453 , [email protected] . £2, accompanied under 16s free . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.7151 0.9222 3 Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse ( Museum ), Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR ( 3 miles N of Dereham ), ☏ +44 1362 860563 , [email protected] . A 50-acre site. Historic workhouse museum. Life on the land exhibition. Traditional farm with rare breed animals. Adventure playground. £11.95 adult, £9.55 child, £11.40 (concessions, family tickets available. . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.6776 0.9468 1 Strikes ( Ten Pin Bowling Alley ), Station Rd, East Dereham, NR19 1DF , ☏ +44 1362 696910 . Daily 10AM-late . Also indoor children's adventure play area (Planet Zoom open daily 10AM-18:00). For 1 game: £6.95 adult, £5.95 child . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.68086 0.93987 2 Puzzelscape ( Live escape game. ), 11 Church St, Dereham, NR19 1DP , ☏ +44 7564 499494 , [email protected] . Live escape room game. 2-6 players are shut in a themed room & must solve hidden puzzles (duration 1 hr for escape). ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.68123 0.94036 3 Holywood Cinema ( 3 Screens Cinema ), Market Place, Dereham, NR19 2AW , ☏ +44 1362 691133 . £7.30 adult, £5.99 under 15 & OAP, other rates available . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.673 0.9473 1 Roys ( Department Store ), Yaxham Rd, East Dereham, NR19 1HD , ☏ +44 1362 690555 . M-F 8:30AM-8PM, Sa 8:30AM-7PM, Su 11AM-5PM . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.6714 0.9535 2 Lidl ( Supermarket ), Kingston Rd, Dereham, NR19 1WB . M-Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 10AM-4PM . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.67911 0.94744 3 Morrisons ( Supermarket ), Station Rd, East Dereham, NR19 1DF , ☏ +44 1362 691004 . M-Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 10AM-4PM . Cafe (different hours). Petrol station (different hours). ATMs. ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.68242 0.94278 1 Spice Fusion ( Indian Restaurant ), 25 Wellington Rd, Dereham, NR19 2BP , ☏ +44 1362 288775 , [email protected] . M noon-2PM & 5-11PM, Tu-Th 5-PM, F Sa 5PM-midnight, Su noon-2PM & 5-11PM . Restaurant, take-away, delivery. ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.68039 0.94342 2 [dead link] Cockers Bistro , 28 Norwich St, East Dereham, NR19 1BX. , ☏ +44 1362 692131 . W Th 11AM-3PM & 5:30-9PM, F 11AM-3PM & 5:30-10:30PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-5PM . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.6848 1.0252 3 Lodge Bar & Restaurant , Main Rd, North Tuddenham, NR20 3DJ , ☏ +44 1362 638466 . Tu-Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-3PM . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.6839 0.9353 1 The Gemini ( Pub & Restaurant ), Sandy Lane, Dereham, NR19 2EA , ☏ +44 1362 697610 , [email protected] . M-Th 11AM-11:30PM, F Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 11AM-1:30PM . Free Wi-Fi. ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.67402 0.94783 2 [formerly dead link] The Railway Tavern ( Pub ), 21-23 Yaxham Rd, Dereham, NR19 1HB , ☏ +44 1362 288166 , [email protected] . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F Sa 11:30AM-midnight, Su 11:30AM-9PM . Also food. ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.67964 0.9413 3 The Bull ( Pub ), 25 High St, Dereham, NR19 1DZ , ☏ +44 1362 697771 , [email protected] . M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-11PM . Wi-Fi. Food M-Sa 11AM-9PM; Su noon-9PM. ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.7041 0.8702 4 Longham White Horse ( Pub, Restaurant & B&B ), Wendling Rd, Longham, NR19 2RD ( 6 miles NW of town ), ☏ +44 1362 687464 , [email protected] . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.7053 0.9777 5 The Angel ( Pub ), 66 Greengate, Swanton Morley, NR20 4LX ( 3 miles NE of town ), ☏ +44 1362 637407 , [email protected] . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.755 0.895 6 Brisley Bell , The Green, Brisley NR20 5DW ( on B1145 Elham Rd ), ☏ +44 1362 705024 . Daily 11AM-11PM . Great village pub. Also has rooms (B&B double £120) but it's the food that gets the rave reviews. ( updated Jul 2020 )
  • 52.682728 0.938608 1 [dead link] The George Hotel , Swaffham Rd, NR19 2AZ , ☏ +44 1362 696801 , [email protected] . ( updated Feb 2021 )
  • 52.681 0.93941 2 The Romany Rye , Church St, NR19 1DL , ☏ +44 1362 654160 . Check-in: 2PM , check-out: 11AM . Hotel, restaurant and pub with free Wi-Fi. From £39 per night . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.6755 0.9448 3 Lynn Hill Guest House , Yaxham Rd, NR19 1HA , ☏ +44 1362 696142 . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.67844 0.94396 4 Glendower Guesthouse & Apartments B&B , Commercial Rd, NR19 1AE , ☏ +44 1362 652960 , [email protected] . Check-in: 2PM , check-out: 11AM . ( updated Apr 2017 )

Stay healthy

  • 52.6173 1.2198 1 Nearest Accident & Emergency: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital ( Casualty or the Emergency Room ), Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UY ( 16 miles E of town ). 24/7 . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.68364 0.94219 2 Dr Rosbergen & Partners ( GP or Primary Healthcare ), 27 Theatre St, East Dereham, NR19 2EN , ☏ +44 1362 852800 . M-F 8AM-6:30PM . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.68205 0.94396 3 OASIS Dental Care ( Dentist ), 1 Gwersylt Villas, Cowper Rd , Dereham, NR19 2BY , ☏ +44 1362 654955 . M-Th 8AM-7PM, F 8:30AM-5PM . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 52.67829 0.94375 4 Lloyds Pharmacy , Orchard Surgery, Commercial Rd, Dereham, NR19 1AE , ☏ +44 1362 692080 . M-F 8:30AM-6:30PM, Sa 9AM-1PM . ( updated Apr 2017 )

As of July 2022, there is 4G from all UK carriers in Dereham and on the main east-west highway A47, but a patchy signal north or south. 5G has not reached this area.

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Relax in the Norfolk town of Dereham

Dereham is a delightful market town in the heart of Norfolk, just over half an hour's drive from Norwich. Soak up the atmosphere of centuries past at the beautiful thatched Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum. With its untouched dirt floors and sloping ceilings, it's the oldest surviving domestic building in the town and open to visitors in the warmer months. For another slice of history Dereham Windmill is also worth a visit and you can take a look inside to find out how the structure used to work. Just outside Dereham, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, open for a large part of the year, has lots to do including admiring rare breed animals and taking a cart ride.

All aboard the steam train

Dereham is home to the mid Norfolk Railway, a heritage line operating steam and diesel services. Take the train to Wymondham, another delightful town rich in heritage where you can enjoy a pint at the medieval Green Dragon Tavern, one of the oldest pubs in Britain. Families will love a trip to Dinosaur Adventure, around 20 minutes' drive from Dereham. Come face to face with life-size dinosaur models, see wallabies, tortoises and snakes in the Secret Animal Garden and burn off steam in the adventure playground.

The cobbled streets of Norwich

With its beautiful cathedral and age-old castle, Norwich is lovely for a wander. Head to the streets around the cathedral or Norwich Lanes for lovely independent shops. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Dereham? Travelodge Norwich Cringleford Hotel's your Nearest bet or try Travelodge Norwich Central Hotel.

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By train travelers for train travelers, amtrak’s 15 long-distance train routes and the places they go.

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In addition to providing rail service in different regions of the United States, Amtrak also has 15 long-distance routes that travel overnight (sometimes multiple nights) to destinations across the country . These trains have sleeper and lounge cars , which provide additional space on a long journey. Explore the long-distance routes below to learn about the cities, states and landmarks along the way.

Note that Amtrak does not have a train route that travels all the way across the United States. Routes that travel east and west across the country either terminate in Chicago or New Orleans, at which point a transfer to another train is required. As a result, Amtrak’s cross-country trains either travel in the eastern half or the western half of the United States, which is indicated below under region.

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Region : East Coast

The Auto Train travels non-stop between Virginia (near D.C.) and Florida (near Orlando) daily with the option to bring a car or other vehicle with you on the train. You must reserve space for a vehicle in order to book tickets on this route and additional fees are involved. Despite that, the Auto Train is a great vacation option if you live in Virginia, and once you arrive in Florida, it is an easy drive to Daytona Beach, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Orlando.

California Zephyr

Region : Cross-Country (West)

The California Zephyr is one of the top long-distance Amtrak routes. It travels through the Rocky Mountains on the journey between Northern California and Chicago. States you’ll travel through: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Major landmarks and destinations (besides the Rocky Mountains) include the Mississippi River, Colorado River, ski resorts, canyons and railroad museums.

Capitol Limited

Region : Cross-Country (East)

In the Eastern U.S., the Capitol Limited route connects the Midwest with Washington D.C. via Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Major landmarks and destinations include the National Mall, U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian museums, Allegheny Mountains, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Pittsburgh, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie and the Chicago Loop.

The Cardinal route also travels between the Midwest and the East Coast, but near the Ohio River instead of the Great Lakes. Major destinations and landmarks include the New River Gorge, Shenandoah Valley, Allegheny Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, C&O Railroad Heritage Center, The Greenbrier (golf resort with casino), University of Virginia, Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

City of New Orleans

Region : Midwest/South

City of New Orleans trains travel between New Orleans and Chicago through Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Memphis is a major stop along the route, and the Amtrak station is in a walkable area so you don’t even need to rent a car in order to see the sights. Other destinations and landmarks include the National Civil Rights Museum, Blues Hall of Fame, Mississippi Riverwalk, National World War II Museum and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Coast Starlight

Region : West Coast

For a stunning West Coast train trip, book a ticket on the Coast Starlight . The route travels between Los Angeles and Seattle with stations in California, Oregon and Washington. Major destinations and landmarks include the Pacific Ocean, Burbank-Bob Hope Airport, Paso Robles wineries, Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, “Mothball” World War II Fleet, Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River.

Region : Northeast/South

The Crescent is an Amtrak route with a lot of variety. Trains start and end in New York City and New Orleans, and travel through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Major destinations and landmarks include Manhattan, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., University of Virginia, Charlotte, Clemson University, Atlanta, Birmingham and Lake Pontchartrain.

Empire Builder

Explore the Midwest, West and Northwest United States via the Empire Builder . Trains start and end in Portland, Seattle and Chicago with stops in Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. The western segment of the route is particularly scenic with travel through the Columbia River Gorge. Other major destinations and landmarks include Glacier National Park, Rocky Mountains, Cascade Mountains, Great Plains Dinosaur Museum, Mississippi River and the Wisconsin Dells.

Lakeshore Limited

As the name suggests, the Lake Shore Limited travels near the Great Lakes through the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Major destinations and landmarks on the route include Chicago, Boston, New York City, Cleveland (including the many museums near the station), Lake Erie, Erie Canal, New York wineries, Hudson River Valley and Adirondack Mountains.

The Palmetto Amtrak route travels between New York City and Savannah, Georgia via New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Destination highlights include the free Washington D.C. museums, Old Town Alexandria, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library and many other museums that are in walking distance of Amtrak stations.

Silver Meteor

One of several Florida trains, the Silver Meteor travels between New York City and Miami. It uses the same tracks as the Palmetto route (see above), but then continues into Florida. Major landmarks and destinations on this route include Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Orlando, Walt Disney World , West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.

Silver Star

The Silver Star stops at many of the same stations as the Silver Meteor, but also travels to additional cities including Raleigh (North Carolina), Columbia (South Carolina) and Tampa. Tickets are usually cheaper on this route compared to the Silver Meteor because there isn’t any meal service, just a cafe car.

Southwest Chief

See America’s Southwest on the Southwest Chief . Chicago and Los Angeles are the cities on each end of the route, with stations in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Major destinations and landmarks include Historic Route 66, Mojave Desert, Grand Canyon (though you’ll need to rent a car or take a shuttle there), Flagstaff art galleries, Santa Fe National Forest, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Missouri River, Mississippi River and multiple railroad museums.

Sunset Limited

The Sunset Limited Amtrak route also provides a trip through the Southwest, but via Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Trains travel between New Orleans and Los Angeles and also stop in major cities including Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Tuscon and Phoenix (shuttle required). Notable landmarks include the National World War II Museum, Houston Aquarium, George Bush Monument, Historic Sunset Station, The Alamo, San Antonio Riverwalk and many museums.

Texas Eagle

The Texas Eagle is the longest Amtrak route (and oddly presidential), with service between Chicago and Los Angeles. There are many stations in Texas, and trains also stop in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Major destinations and landmarks include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Ozark Mountains, John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, Colorado River, San Antonio Riverwalk, the Alamo, LBJ Museum and several transportation museums.

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The Best Scenic Long-Distance Train Trips To Take In The US

T here are so many ways to explore the country, and traveling by train is one of the most scenic options available. With more than a few incredible long-distance train routes at one's disposal, seeing as much of the U.S. as possible, in all its stunning beauty, isn't hard to do. From breathtaking coastal passenger convoys to captivating cross-country superliners and everything in between, the nation is brimming with exciting vacation opportunities via train.

Many top-rated rail journeys showcase abundant national wonders, including famous mountain ranges, national parks, landmarks, and more. Plus, opting for a train trip, in general, offers passengers a relaxing way to enjoy America's diverse landscape and stop at various major cities. Of course, wanderers looking to get out there and immerse themselves in this country's picture-perfect natural scenery by way of passenger trains undoubtedly have some excellent options. If you are unsure where to begin, here are the best scenic long-distance train trips in the U.S. to consider for your next rail tour.

Capitol Limited

Aboard the Capitol Limited, passengers can enjoy a leisurely trip between Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Approximately an 18-hour overnight journey, the Capitol Limited travels over 760 miles and stops in major cities such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland. During this rail tour, travelers can expect all-around striking views of the Allegheny Mountains, Potomac River, Harpers Ferry National Park, and much more. Capitol Limited passengers can also marvel at the one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh cityscape and gaze upon Ohio farmlands before rolling into the Windy City when traveling westbound.

Passengers can also select from a variety of accommodations and amenties distributed among the train's upper and lower levels. An unrestricted dining service for travelers in private rooms is also available. An added bonus is that this train has a pet program, allowing your small dog or cat to appreciate the views right along with you. Note, however, that there is no WiFi and observation car on this route.

Coast Starlight

Traveling between Seattle to Los Angeles aboard the Coast Starlight gives passengers a front-row seat to the natural splendor of the West Coast. With stops in places like Portland and Sacramento, this Amtrak route covers 1,377 miles and takes approximately 36 hours. But Coast Starlight passengers typically do not mind the travel time, thanks to the views and comfortable accommodation options meeting various financial capabilities. 

From lush forested land and snowcapped mountains to waves lapping against golden beaches, the Coast Starlight does not disappoint whatsoever in the scenery department. In fact, this famed Amtrak route ranks high among most travelers with its stunning vistas and roomy accommodations. Plus, in the middle of the train, passengers will find quite the observation car, which allows train riders to drink up all the sights unobstructed. So if it is the scenic variety you so strongly desire, the Coast Starlight is at your service.

Sunset Limited

Yet another amazing Amtrak getaway that awaits train travelers is the Sunset Limited. Passengers will embark on a magnificent route from New Orleans and arrive in Los Angeles. This 48-hour rail excursion has multiple stops in popular cities like San Antonio, Tucson, and Phoenix. Along the way, otherworldly vistas of the Bayou, the southwestern desert, and the Rocky Mountains can be seen as well.

But that's not all that the Sunset Limited has to offer. With three departures traversing this route weekly, passengers can also revel in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, ample southwestern historical sites, and the nearby allure of places like Houston and Palm Springs. The Sunset Limited is a superliner with the expected accommodations. It is the perfect route for crossing a few spectacular national parks off your bucket list, like Big Bend National Park and Saguaro National Park. And an additional bonus here is you can easily access other popular journeys when traveling on the Sunset Limited, such as the Texas Eagle, San Joaquins, and even the Coast Starlight.  

Amtrak Cascades

The Amtrak Cascades train trip is a must for travelers looking to check out the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia while marveling at dramatic vistas of untouched wilderness. Running from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Eugene, Oregon, Amtrak Cascades riders will see lush forested areas and the great Columbia River Gorge. There are also flowing waterfalls, a volcano, ample coastal cities, plus a plethora of mountain ranges, including the Cascade Mountains. This nearly 10.5-hour, 467-mile train tour has stops in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and Salem.

With all the first-rate scenery and natural attractions, passengers may almost overlook that the Amtrak Cascades is not your ordinary Amtrak train. But this European-style train is quite a sight to behold, with its sleek design, large viewing windows, comfy reclining seats, and beautiful Bistro Car that gives travelers a taste of the Pacific Northwest. And even though this U.S. train trip covers parts of Vancouver, the Amtrak Cascades still undoubtedly offers incredible views through  Oregon .

Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner is another train route worth considering for your next scenic rail tour. Leaving San Diego, the Pacific Surfliner covers over 350 miles in roughly six hours and has several stops along the way in addition to major cities like Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. With its final destination being San Luis Obispo, this southbound train allows passengers a chance to kick back and relax while enjoying the view. These include miles of pristine beaches, picturesque vineyards, the rugged coastline, the Pacific Ocean, and ample historic sites in San Luis Obispo.

Since this scenic route is fairly short when it comes to travel time, riding the Pacific Surfliner south or northbound is an excellent choice for a Southern California half-day trip. Passengers will find standard accommodations (coach or business class seating) and great onboard amenities. So if you plan to be in the San Diego area or have always wanted to see more of the Golden State, why not make the most of your time and appreciate the scenery via train?

Rocky Mountaineer

For one-of-a-kind views of one of the most popular mountains in the U.S. and a truly memorable travel experience , the Rockies to the Red Rocks route aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is another great option. Departing from Moab, Utah, this nearly 370-mile train tour is a two-day adventure that passes through Glenwood Spring and ends in the Mile High City. Here, Rocky Mountaineer passengers can revel in gorgeous vistas of Mount Garfield, Ruby Canyon, abundant pristine wilderness, and much more.

Once in the resort town of Glenwood Springs, travelers disembark for an overnight stay in the available hotel accommodations. After a little rest, Glenwood Springs-style, it is off to Denver. A few scenic highlights on day two include views of the Colorado River, breathtaking canyons, desert lands, the Colorado Rockies, the Continental Divide, the Moffat Tunnel, and the picturesque Denver cityscape. And with first-class amenities, dinner, breakfast, lunch, and signature cocktails at every stop, this iconic Rocky Mountaineer route is a pleasant and beautifully scenic train trip.

Empire Builder

The Empire Builder is a train tour that showcases the American West in all its glory. With daily departures from Chicago to Portland and Seattle, travelers have much to see on this 46-hour, 2,760-plus mile getaway. Aboard the Empire Builder, riders can enjoy stops at St Paul or Minneapolis, and Spokane, with the final destination being Portland or Seattle.

Of course, regardless of which route you choose here, you can savor views of Wisconsin's woodlands, shimmering lakes in Minnesota, idyllic prairies in North Dakota, and even catch a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. After reaching Montana, the southern border of Glacier National Park is also all yours to see, and as you make your way to either Portland or Seattle, expect to see some of the most pristine wilderness around. Overall, the Empire Builder is touted as one of the most picturesque ways to relish the Chicago skyline, marvel at so many of the natural wonders in Glacier National Park, and appreciate the overall splendor of the Pacific Northwest — making it an incredibly scenic train trip that should be on everyone's bucket lists.

The Amtrak Vermonter is a top-rated rail tour to add to your traveling-by-train bucket list. Leaving from Washington, D.C., and arriving in St. Albans, Vermont, this train takes passengers on a spectacular journey through the Green Mountain State. An almost 14-hour ride of approximately 611 miles, the Vermonter showcases rural Vermont with its rolling green hills, picture-perfect little villages, striking countryside, impressive resorts, colonial-era historical sites, and pristine landscape. Aboard, passengers will traipse via train through beautiful destinations, including New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

This downright charming Amtrak train also has a daily southbound journey with stops in other beloved east coast cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore. What's more, the Vermonter has roomy seating (in both business class and coach), great amenities, and an onboard café, plus it is pet-friendly. So there is no reason not to take in all that the Green Mountain State and these other amazing destinations  have to offer through scenery and more.

California Zephyr

Running from Chicago to San Francisco, the California Zephyr is one of the best train tours in the country, especially when it comes to phenomenal scenery. This 2,438-mile westbound train trip takes a little over 51 hours (or three days) to complete and brims with scenic highlights. California Zephyr riders can get up close and personal with the country's impressive Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, Nebraska's farmland plains, desert lands, prairies, canyons, valley vistas, and then some.

With stops in Omaha, Denver, and Salt Lake City , passengers have more than a few stunning backdrops to admire. Plus, the California Zephyr knows how to put on a good show with crystal clear floor-to-ceiling windows in the main lounge car that offer otherworldly views — so you can expect to be utterly mesmerized on this rail tour. That said, the California Zephyr is a stellar pick for anyone looking to enjoy a scenic, leisurely ride.

The Adirondack Line by Amtrak is one of the best long-distance train trips for New Yorkers looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, if only for a few hours. Departing from New York City, the Adirondack rail tour stops in Albany and whisks passengers off to Montreal. Along this route, as the New York City skyline starts to fade, Adirondack riders are transported through the renowned Hudson Valley wine country, past the shimmering shores of Lake Champlain, alongside the Adirondack Mountains, and onward.

This 380-plus-mile ride takes approximately 10 hours, making this rail tour ideal for an impromptu weekend trip. And for those headed southbound, the Adirondack makes getting to New York City and connecting routes to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., a breeze. With standard seating, the Adirondack Café Car, and the usual amenities, the Adirondack is the perfect little getaway train to see all the beauty that awaits in upstate New York and beyond.

Yellowstone National Park Getaway

Though this is a shorter journey of roughly 360 miles round trip, Amtrak's Yellowstone National Park Getaway is a wonderful way to experience one of the U.S.'s favorite national wonders, unspoiled wilderness, and more. A five-day excursion by train that transports passengers from Salt Lake City in Utah to Yellowstone National Park. This route is littered with picturesque mountain and countryside vistas. It gives parkgoers ample time to check out all of the great attractions in Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, an abundance of wildlife, and the enchanting Isa Lake on the Continental Divide.

Travelers will disembark and stay at hotel accommodations within the park for roughly two days. A sightseeing tour via the park's Lower Loop is also a part of this Amtrak package. After spending ample time in Yellowstone National Park , this once-in-a-lifetime experience takes you back to Crossroads of the West (Salt Lake City). This package includes a two-night stay in Salt Lake City as well.

Southwest Chief

The Southwest Chief is just one more incredible long-distance train trip that departs from Chicago and ends in Los Angeles. What makes this rail tour a little different is that the Southwest Chief heads southwest, as its name implies. With stops in Kansas City, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff in Arizona , passengers get a chance to appreciate a slightly different section of the U.S. map.

A 40-plus hour journey covering more than 2,250 miles is what awaits Southwest Chief riders. But, undoubtedly, the scenery alone here makes this train getaway totally worth it. So if you have been dreaming of the plains of Iowa, vibrant colored southwestern mountain ranges, vistas of the Painted Desert, and the Red Cliffs of Sedona by chance, then purchase a ticket for this impressive two-story superliner now. The Southwest Chief has ample onboard accommodations for singles, families, friends, and large groups. Nevertheless, booking in advance and thoroughly planning for this particular train trip is highly recommended.

Great America Majestic Landscape

Travelers looking for a true coast-to-coast rail tour needn't look any further than the Great America Majestic Landscape by Amtrak. Departing from New York City, the Great America Majestic Landscape train trip is a lovely way to marvel at all the beauty of the U.S. without leaving any stone unturned. With its final destination being San Francisco , it is unsurprising that this is a 12-plus-day excursion.

The scenic highlights include the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon, Napa Valley, Sonoma, and ample opportunities to enjoy famous landmarks like the New York skyline, the Chicago Navy Pier, and more. This multi-day train adventure includes sightseeing tours in various cities, hotels, and onboard accommodations. Ultimately, whether you want to see all of America's stunning landscape here or prefer to start slow with any of the other railway tours on this list, there is nothing like traveling by train — so get out there and take a long-distance train trip or two in the U.S.

Before We Wrap Up, Long-Distance Train Travel Tips

For first-timers or passengers that have only experienced short train trips, there are several helpful tips to make your journey more carefree. Much like any other form of travel, preparation is key. In addition to having the necessary train travel essentials in tow, newbie passengers should take the time to draft a pre-departure checklist. Doing so lets you ensure you have important travel documents, medications, and other items handy on the day of departure. Speaking of packing, if you do not plan on checking luggage, only pack what you can carry. 

Other train travel must-haves include dressing comfortably for your longer-than-normal journey and booking onboard accommodations in advance for overnight and cross-country rail tours. It also never hurts to plan for delays and download the necessary apps to streamline your adventure. And for the best views while onboard, westbound travelers should be on the right side of the train, and eastbound travelers should be on the left to avoid missing out on gorgeous scenery.

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Best Cars for Long Distance Road Trips in 2024


Covering long distances on roads can be an exciting experience when done in a great car. In 2024, a few cars are particularly known for their exceptional comfort, unparalleled ride quality, innovative features, excellent reliability, and performance you can count on— these will make great choices as touring cars for those long journeys you are planning this year. Choosing the best touring car for long distances can be done based on the parameter of the Price bracket and then further choosing the best option for the purpose. Here we provide an in-depth look at the top cars under 30 lakhs for long-distance road trips in 2024.

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Maruti Ertiga has been present in the Indian car market for the last 13 years. It has been the go-to choice for buyers seeking the best car for comfort and space and also providing the best value for money.

Comfort and Space: Its suspensions are softly sprung and tuned for comfort on long-distance road trips. These suspensions provide a very cushiony ride. The seats in the car have great under-thigh support and very nice bolsterings. With its spacious and flexible interiors, the Ertiga can comfortably seat seven passengers with all the adjustments in hand for adjusting the seats by sliding back and forth, making it ideal for families or groups during long-distance touring. The 3rd row of seating in this car is handy even for adults.

– A large number of cubby holes and storage spaces are carved out nicely, large cup holders and a temperature-controlled cup holder in the front make it versatile for the touring purpose. – It has a decent boot space and is further expandable by folding the 3rd row.

Performance: The Ertiga has a tried and tested 1.5 liters petrol engine. It is an utterly reliable engine that offers good fuel efficiency, upwards of 20 km/L in petrol and 26 km/kg in the CNG variant, which is a crucial factor for long trips.

Features: Some of the important features Ertiga comes equipped with are: Dynamic Chrome Winged Front Grille, Auto Headlamps with Follow Me Home/Lead me to Vehicle Feature, 17.78cm SmartPlay Studio and SmartPlay Pro Touch Screen Infotainment System, Quad Airbags, Suzuki Connect, Machined Two-tone Alloy Wheels, Plush Dual-Tone Seat Fabric, 6-Speed AT with Paddle Shifters, Steering Mounted Audio Controls, Suzuki Heartect Platform, Electrically Foldable ORVMs, 2nd Row Roof Mounted AC with 3 Stage Speed Control.

TATA Safari The TATA Safari has been a tough-built body-on-frame SUV and used to be considered a great touring car. The all-new TATA Safari is no exception. However, this new Safari is a full Monocoque construction, it comes with some solid benefits as well.

Space: The Safari comes fitted with a proper front facing 3rd row of seats which makes it much more versatile in this segment. Space and comfort are great in this SUV with its monocoque chassis showing its capability to carve out space along with excellent ground clearance. Storage spaces in this car are plenty in numbers and the cup holders are deep enough to hold large bottles. Safari also boasts a good boot space capacity and is further expandable on tumbling the 3rd row flat.

Ruggedness and tough build: This car is built on the D8 OmegaArc platform from the house of Land Rover. This is a great platform and can take some solid beatings. Tackling the bad Indian roads and Highway undulations is a piece of cake for this vehicle owing to its chassis and the suspensions. For people looking for a car for long-distance road trips to some off-beat and remote areas in India, this is a great option.

Engine and Features: TATA’s Safari has a 2.0L diesel engine sourced from FCA. This engine has been doing the duties for a long time and is very reliable. Enough grunt and reliability at your foot and great for a turing machine.

It comes feature-loaded from the factory itself. Some of the most useful features for a vehicle being considered for a long-distance road trip are: – 2nd row comfort headrests & rear sun shades – Front armrest with cooled storage – Seat ventilation on all four seats – Captain seats for the 2nd row – A boss mode with a recline function.

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In India, the name ‘Innova’ is enough to portray an image of roads vanishing in the horizon in the rearview mirrors, a road trip, a mountain journey, and a comfortable no-nonsense vehicle. This car has been in the business for almost two decades now. It has been the first choice for people looking for a mile-munching long-distance touring car since its inception. This car has been present with many different engine and gearbox options as standard through the years but one thing that has remained unchanged is the reliability of this package provided by Toyota.

Comfort and Ride: The ride quality of Innova has been a key factor for its sale, especially the body on frame Innova Crysta. The suspensions are one of the best in the market and the chassis is similar to the one used in the Hilux pickup trucks. This provides great comfort and rides even on our country’s worst roads. No issues related to storage spaces as this car has a decent glove box and a center armrest with a cooled storage box. Cup holders are also in plenty in this car.

Efficiency: The new Innova Hycross is available as a Strong-Hybrid option which has great fuel economy in the city and can cover more than 1200 kms on a single full tank of petrol.

Reliable Engine: The 2.4L diesel engine in Innova Crysta is extremely reliable. This engine can do high-mileage running. Toyota provides best-in-class warranty for their cars. Most of the vehicles have a 3-year or 1 Lakh kilometers warranty.

Conclusion Selecting an appropriate car for a long journey is not just looking at fuel efficiency and reliability. There are four primary factors: comfort, space, performance, and features. The Maruti Ertiga, TATA Safari, and Toyota Innova Crysta/Hycross each offer distinct benefits that make them a good choice in 2024 — whether you are traveling with family members or seeking adventure, these vehicles have your needs covered. For those who are simply looking to relax on their journey while enjoying all the bells and whistles available onboard a vehicle such as this one provides— it will certainly be memorable.

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