Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. Such is the case for passengers who step aboard these 20 American trains – hand-picked by a panel of travel experts as the best in North America. Vote once per day for your favorite until voting ends on Monday, May 20 at noon ET. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 31 at noon ET. Read the official Readers’ Choice rules here.
Tom Marchant is an entrepreneurial traveler and co-founder of The Black Tomato Group, parent company of the award-winning bespoke, luxury travel operator Black Tomato, strategic creative agency Studio Black Tomato and luxury corporate incentive agency Black Tomato Agency. Black Tomato, a Virtuoso member, has been recognized as an innovative authority in global luxury travel by leading industry voices including Bloomberg, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Vogue. Marchant is a member Travel + Leisure’s A List of Top Travel Agents, Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 World’s Best Travel Specialists and was recently named by Conde Nast Traveler as ‘one of the 50 people in the world changing the way we travel’. Tom’s passion for hitting the road came to a peak when he, his pregnant wife and their Goldendoodle packed up their entire home and drove all of their belongings for a cross-country move from Los Angeles to NYC. Follow Black Tomato on Instagram or Twitter.
Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. Her website, We Said Go Travel, was read in 212 countries in 2018. Find her talking travel on KTLA TV and her YouTube videos with over 900,000 views. Lisa has contributed to AARP, American Airways, Jewish Journal, Ms. Magazine, Smithsonian, USA Today 10best and Wharton Magazine. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.
LiLing Pang is Founder & CEO at Trekaroo, a travel resource and online community of “community of families inspiring each other to travel the world.” Pang’s personal mantra is “have kids, will travel,” and she’s always looking to push the limit of what’s possible with children in tow.
10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased and experiential travel coverage of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.
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Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel.
On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times.
Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.