When traveling through Colorado, have you ever considered taking the train? You could enjoy one of the many tours, or for that matter, travel through this part of the country on the passenger train.

With help from Uncover Colorado and Travel Lemming, here's a look at some of the best train tours in Colorado.

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Enjoy The Colorado Scenery

Colorado offers the most scenic views in the nation. Unfortunately, those views are difficult to enjoy when you're 30,000 feet in the air, or white-knuckling it down the Continental Divide with your eyes sharply locked on the vehicle in front of you.

Reasons To Travel By Train

Have you considered taking the train? NBC News offers the "Top 10 Reasons to Travel By Train." They include:

  • Money savings
  • Stable fares
  • Flexibility
  • More baggage
  • Less hassle
  • Door-to-door convenience
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Comfort and relaxation (this is a biggie)
  • Old-fashioned charm (this is another biggie)
  • Beyond just transportation (this is a super-biggie)

Let's Check Out #'s 8, 9, and 10

This list is dead on. Riding the train offers comfort, old-fashioned charm, and a lot more than just transportation. Imagine sitting back and watching as you wind your way through mountain gorges, cliffs, waterfalls, and along rivers. That's hard to do on a 737.

Some Colorado train tours take two days. Others take less than two hours. Some are rich with history, utilizing authentic equipment dating back a century.

Some Are Just Downright Luxurious

A number of train tours pride themselves on customer service and fine dining. The Rocky Mountaineer, for example, provides "...an escape from reality for four days between Colorado and Utah."

The train ride alone is an adventure in and of itself. It's not a trip from point A to point B, it's an experience, one you are sure to enjoy.

Take a Tour On One of Colorado's Best Train Rides

When it comes to "seeing" Colorado, have you considered taking a train tour? Even if you're traveling from one state to another, have you considered taking the passenger train as an alternative to flying or driving?

Colorado is home to a number of fantastic train tours. Some are "historic" in every sense, while others are just for kids. If you truly want to "see" Colorado, one of these train trips may be precisely what you need.

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