Ready for a new view? Hop aboard a virtual train ride!
Train rides from around the world have been shared online. These cool videos are a fun way to discover beauty from around the world, even while we’re stuck at home and sitting on a couch. My train-loving preschooler is absolutely loving these virtual train rides too.
What a Virtual Train Ride is Like
We started our first “train” trip on the Bernina Railway that goes from Switzerland into Italy through a YouTube video. His first response at seeing the red train we’d be “riding” was: “whoa.” With a “driver’s eye view,” we saw both the train track and charming area around St. Moritz, Switzerland. As the train ride continued, we travelled through tunnels, passed picturesque towns, and rumbled by waters and cliffs. My son was absolutely enthralled, and bonus: it felt like a calming, meditative experience for me.
Where You Can Go On a Virtual Train Ride
The famous Bernina train isn’t the only virtual train ride to take either. These virtual experiences can be taken all over the world, including England, Peru, Japan, Norway, and even the Arctic Circle!
Norway – To travel through the gorgeous lands of Norway — past mountains, farms, and more stunning scenery — take a ride on The Flam Railway. Or, embark on the Nordland Line, which takes travelers through the snowy Trondheim Fjord and passes through the Arctic Circle. At least you’ll be cozy and warm at home on this ride!
Montenegro – If your kids are fascinated with tunnels, they’re going to love the Belgrade-Bar Railway trip, home to the world’s longest tunnel. It clocks in at 20,246 feet.
Bosnia & Herzegovina (and Croatia too) – For a train ride along a river, and through mountains, take a trip on the Sarajevo-Ploce Railway.
England and Wales – Travelers “ride” on a diesel train that travels through beautiful countryside and along the coast with the North Wales Coast Line. Alternatively, explore the city of London and the surrounding countryside with the South Western Railway.
Japan – Discover the mountains and countryside of Japan’s Chugoku region by taking a trip on the Geibi and Fukuen Lines.
Peru – There’s a whole lot to see on the Ferrocarril Central Andino virtual train ride, which is why this one is broken into four parts. From crossing over an enormous bridge, to traveling through a canyon, this trip has a little bit of everything.
United States – If you’re missing the sounds of a commute, even New York offers its own virtual train ride! For a mountain adventure, check out the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado. Be sure to take this fast-motion train ride with your cell phone, so that you can change your view around, even as you’re speeding up the mountain! Or, visit historic mountain towns — from Durango to Silverton — in Colorado; this particular trip is divided into three breathtaking journeys.
These “family trips” can even turn into learning experiences. After we “rode” the Bernina Railway for awhile, my youngest had SO many questions about Europe and where we “went” on the map.
We may be stuck at home for right now, but at least we can pretend to travel. Chugga chugga choo choo!
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