Take the Train to the 'Smile Hi' City on May 11

La Junta, Colorado

La Junta, Colo., Mayor Don Rizzuto says his city is one of the best small towns in the country, and on May 11 you can check it out for yourself!

This National Train Day, La Junta will be hopping with free kids’ activities sponsored by Disney Channel’s Chuggington, interactive and educational exhibits, model train displays and giveaways.

Known as the “Smile Hi” City, La Junta is served by our Southwest Chief, which travels daily between LA and Chicago and is one of the longest trains in the Amtrak system. It takes you across the mighty Mississippi, past wheat fields and ranches, missions and pueblos, mountains and deserts.

Not up for an eight-state cross country train ride this National Train Day? Good news! There are 200 local events expected to happen all over the country. See what your community has planned here!

May 11 will be the sixth annual National Train Day, when folks across the country will be celebrating why trains matter to them, their towns, and their communities. In the mean time, let us know why trains matter to you in the comments section below!

Photo Credit: Steve Wilson