02/07/2013 07:03 am ET Updated Apr 09, 2013

6 Unforgettable Train Trips Kids Will Love

Train travel offers families so much more than merely an alternative to driving. The most memorable train trips deliver both fabulous scenery and a dose of Americana you just can't appreciate through the windows of a car.

Train buffs are particularly spoiled for choice out in the American West, where historic railways that brought settlers to the wild frontier continue to intrigue us with spectacular canyon overlooks, desert vistas, hold-your-breath moments through tunnels and over bridges and nail-biting ascents to mountain peaks.

Here are six train trips guaranteed to delight kids of all ages:

-- by Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

6 Unforgettable Train Trips for Kids