10/02/2013 12:15 pm ET

The Most Scenic Rides On Amtrak Trains

Despite what you think you know about train travel -- it's slow, expensive, and prone to robbery by masked men on horseback -- Amtrak's got two key selling points: A) it ain't as bad as a bus, and B) in this era of soul-crushing air travel, it's fairly plush compared to flying coach. There's leg room, power outlets, a bar car (!!!), and ridiculous views of the American landscape you simply can't get at 30,000ft, or from the basement of the Port Authority. Here are our five favorite legs.