08/30/2011 11:24 am ET Updated Oct 29, 2011

Epic North American Train Journeys

The relentless coal-devouring "iron horses" that redefined land travel during the Industrial Revolution are now considered a romantic and experiential relic from the past. Aside from AMTRAK and modern commuter trains of the East coast, North America's remaining railroads are strictly scenic, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Without having to worry about things like commuter service and freight hauling, railway revivalists can find and explore those epic pockets of natural beauty, like Verde Canyon, that highways don't touch and humans can never reach on their own two feet.

By Lena Katz