When people think about scenic train rides in Iowa, their first thought probably goes to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. That Iowa mainstay may deliver brilliant views – but are you out of luck when colder weather rolls around? Not if you know where to look. Amtrak, the cross-country railroad, runs two long-distance routes through Iowa – the California Zephyr and the Southwest Chief. Both originate in Chicago and terminate in California – and you can take a year-round train ride in Iowa on either. Whether you’re looking for a short jaunt through the prairie or a long journey to the coast, these memorable train rides are an epic adventure – with a spot in the Hawkeye State,

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Have you taken an Amtrak through the prairie? Let us know what you think of this year-round train ride in Iowa in the comments section. If you’re planning a trip of your own soon, make sure to visit Amtrak’s route page for more information about the routes and stations.

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