In a burst of nostalgia, it looks like luxury train travel is back in style.
The Greenbrier, an award-winning resort in West Virginia, recently announced plans for a luxury train to transport guests from Washington, DC at a cost of around $650 for a roundtrip ticket.
And China just unveiled its design for a luxury high-speed rail from Beijing to Shanghai with fully reclining seats and uniformed stewards.
We’ve put together a list of other great train rides that offer unmatched luxury, incredible scenery, or both.
Maybe getting there really is half the fun.
#1 GLACIER EXPRESS: This train takes passengers across 80 miles in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 6,670 feet
#2 PRIDE OF AFRICA: Arguably the most luxurious train in the world, the Pride of Africa travels from Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam
#3 THE ROYAL SCOTSMAN: With a 4 day all-inclusive round trip costing $6,620, this is the most expensive train ride out there
The 720-mile trip includes stops in Dundee, Aberdeen, Dalwhinnie and Perth, along with a lot of free Scotch
#5 FLAM RAILWAY: This train takes passengers on a 20-kilometer descent from nearly 3,000 feet into the fjords of Norway's Flam village
One of the steepest railway lines in the world, a roundtrip journey over waterfalls and valleys costs $56
#7 TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY: The most famous and alluring train trip out there, this 6,000-mile railroad connects Moscow and Beijing
#8 HIRAM BINGHAM: This daylong, roundtrip journey in 1920's Pullman style luxury takes travellers from Cuzco to Machu Picchu
#10 THE GHAN: Australia's legendary train takes travellers on a 2979 km, 2-day trip through the heart of the continent
#11 DANUBE EXPRESS: This ride, where passengers can have their own butlers, may be the best way to see Central Europe
#12 HARMONY: This newly unveiled luxury train will transport passengers from Beijing to Shanghai at speeds of up to 350mph
#15 THE DARJEELING-HIMALAYAN RAILWAY: This steam-powered train carries passengers across India from Siliguri to Darjeeling
#16 NAPA VALLEY TRAIN: This antique train runs on 25 miles of track in the heart of California's Napa Valley
#17: GREENBRIER PRESIDENTIAL EXPRESS: Set to launch in 2012, this train will transport riders from Washington DC to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, which has a golf club and casino
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