If you love to adventure in comfort, visiting Minnesota by train might be for you.
One of America’s most legendary and beautiful train rides—Amtrak’s Empire Builder—bisects the state from the scenic southeast corner to the fields and prairies of the northwest. The grand train follows the banks of the mighty Mississippi much of the way, with stops in a half-dozen Minnesota towns well worth exploring for a few days or longer.
Train travel, and particularly the Empire Builder, is about as comfortable as travel gets, with wide, reclining seats, plenty of legroom, freedom to walk the length of the train, and big windows for admiring the scenery. If you’re on the train during meal times, there are full-service meals in the dining car, or you can bring a picnic basket.