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AARP’s Top Picks: Scenic Train Trips in the U.S.

Stellar routes in Alaska, the Southwest, Cape Cod and beyond

En español | Amtrak offers some spectacular long-distance train journeys, but here's a little railroad-lover's secret: Many of America's most scenic routes are also the shortest. These seven trips offer stunning vistas, classic cars and relaxing rides — and they're all less than 115 miles long (one way). Note that most trains now have a mandatory mask requirement, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Editor's note: This article was originally published on July 2, 2019. It's been updated to reflect new information. 

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