5 Amazing Sights Between LA and Austin

Going from Los Angeles to Austin by train offers travelers some of the most spectacular views of America. From the moment you’re in front of LA’s Union Station, you are greeted by the stunning hub named one of the most beautiful stations in the world.

The almost 1,400-mile trip on the Texas Eagle crosses four states--California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas--and gives budding and pro photographers ample opportunities to snap pics of gorgeous grasslands, majestic mountains and quaint towns.

Don’t forget your photography equipment and charger, whether it’s a smartphone or a high-end camera! And be sure to head over to the observation car for unobstructed views.

Here are five amazing sights between LA and Austin.

Los Angeles Union StationLos Angeles, Calif.
Voted one of the most beautiful train stations in the world by Travel and Leisure, Los Angeles’ Union Station can be captured in all its grace inside and outside.

Windmills in North Palm Springs, CA  Photo via @Windmills in North Palm Springs, CA

Windmills in North Palm Springs, CA Photo via @Windmills in North Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, Calif.
The desert city hosts well-known golf tournaments, including the Humana Challenge (formerly the Bob Hope Classic.) However, on the train you will see the entire Coachella Valley and giant windmills from both sides of the train. Winds coming from Mount San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountain provide enough strength to generate electricity.

Maricopa, Ariz.
While known for horseback riding trails, Maricopa’s train station showcases a converted California Zephyr dome observation car.

Dragoon Mountains in Arizona Photo via @catherinemscott

Dragoon Mountains in Arizona Photo via @catherinemscott

Dragoon Mountains, Ariz.
The Dragoon Mountains are not only picturesque, they once provided safety for Geronimo and his operations camp.

Florida Mountains, N.M.
This 12-mile wide hilly terrain is popular among hikers. At the 7,300 foot-mark, you’ll see “Window Peak,” an opening through the ridge, an inactive volcano, and possibly rattlesnakes sunning on rocks!


What other amazing sights between LA and Austin should riders know about? Tell us in the comments below!


I think LA Union is a great place to wait for a train, I have gone to Palm Springs train stop as well it is a very nice as well.