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Infographic: 12 of the World's Most Amazing Train Journeys

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When it comes to speed and efficiency, planes can't be beat—but a long train ride lets travelers slow down and enjoy the journey, resulting in an extra-memorable voyage. From the Trans-Siberian Railway to the Eastern and Oriental Express, travel company Pettitts has an infographic of 12 of the world's most storied (and scenic) railways.

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You Can Take a Scenic Train Tour of the West Coast for Just $97
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Plane travel isn’t as glamorous as it used to be. Between TSA pat-downs, the lack of snacks, and that guy in front of you who insists on leaning all the way back, it’s not exactly a romantic way to take in the sights. But trains? They’re an underrated form of modern travel, even if Amtrak does have its flaws.

So as you’re planning your next West Coast vacation, consider this: You can get an Amtrak ticket that will take you along the entire West Coast for as low as $97, Condé Nast Traveler reports.

The Amtrak Coast Starlight runs from Los Angeles to Seattle, giving you 35 hours' worth of spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, redwood forests, Mount Shasta, and some of California, Oregon, and Washington’s best cities. It doesn’t have the speed of a three-hour flight, but this way, your journey will feature as many great sights as your destination.

The $97 applies if you can snag a "saver" fare; other seats might cost closer to $150. For slightly more money, you can reserve a “superliner roomette,” which can cost between $500 and $700, but includes two seats that turn into stacked beds. And if you want to pretend you’re in a 19th-century travel novel (or North by Northwest), go ahead. It's guaranteed to be a less harried travel day than what you'd experience heading to LAX.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Clever GIFs Show Subway Maps Compared to Their Actual Geography
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Clarity, user-friendliness, and visual appeal are all considered when designers map out the metro systems of the world’s cities. Geographic accuracy is one factor that’s often left by the wayside. In a break from these norms, the Berlin-based web designers at Sansho Studio created a GIF that pairs the official map of Berlin’s Underground with its real-world depiction.

The animation uses data pulled from Google Maps, Wikipedia, and Berlin’s public transit system. As you can see in the GIF above, the transformation from one image to the next is dramatic. The first map shows the lines of Berlin’s underground as parts of an orderly, integrated system with a few graceful bends here and there. The geographic counterpart displays a map of sprawling scribbles more reminiscent of veiny waterways than the subway routes commuters know best.

Reddit user vinnivinnivinni of Sansho Studio posted their work on the subreddit Data is Beautiful, where it received more than 66,000 upvotes. It also inspired Reddit users to create similar GIFs for metro systems around the world. Below you can see some of the most impressive designs.

Animation of Barcelona subway map.
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