|By Marketwired .||
|February 3, 2014 02:32 PM EST||
CLARKDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 02/03/14 -- Springtime is an ideal season for a vacation in the Sedona area and an adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect activity with family and friends. The natural scenery of the rugged Verde Valley unfolds in dramatic fashion, accenting the red rock scenery with a colorful crescendo of wildflowers.
Riding in exquisitely renovated train cars, passengers are whisked away in pampered comfort as the Verde Canyon Railroad snakes through the red rock landscape. Along the rare and wondrous Verde River, where the high desert and riparian wilderness meet, an abundance of bright hues and sweet scents follow the tracks. Outside panoramic viewing windows, the Canyon reveals a breathtaking display of early blooms in delicate purples, pinks and whites, soon transitions into the tall, golden Desert Marigold, bright orange Globemallow and hot pink Penstemon waving in the warm breeze. Barrel Cactus and Prickly Pear add an intensity of hue to the landscape with their seemingly unreal fuchsias, blushing reds and butter yellows.
What better vantage point to view the wild kaleidoscope of floral hues than from a Verde Canyon Railroad open-air car, enjoying the warm caress of spring breezes with a prickly pear margarita in hand? By May and June the creamy petals of yucca blossoms join in the festive floral chorus throughout the Sedona area, saluting the train as it passes their rocky canyon habitat. Spring in Bloom continues to dazzle with festive colors into the Verde Canyon's early summer months.
Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic of Verde Canyon Railroad. The train provides a comfortable yet exciting journey through this historic setting as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring raptors are just a few of the trip's many highlights. First-class cars boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar. Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack bars. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree views and spectacular photographic opportunities.
Just 25 minutes from scenic Sedona and 10 minutes from historic Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad is located in the heart of Arizona's Verde Valley, named one of Lonely Planet's top 10 destinations.
With sky above, water below, and heaven in between, Verde Canyon Railroad guarantees an unforgettable rail adventure.