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Verde Canyon Railroad

January 05, 2015 17:34 ET

Arizona Is the Valentine State, Verde Canyon Railroad Is Your Valentine's Day Destination

SEDONA, AZ and VERDE VALLEY, AZ and CLARKDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Jan 5, 2015) - The romance of the rails combined with decadent chocolate and awe-inspiring Arizona wilderness is a most imaginative way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Verde Canyon Railroad's popular Chocolate Lovers' Festival continues to be one of Sedona's sweetest seasonal celebrations. Topping the cake, Arizona has been known as "The Valentine State" ever since it became the nation's 48th state on February 14, 1912.

The Chocolate Lovers' Festival, scheduled for February 13, 14 and 15, blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. The confectionary celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and flavors of chocolate via tasty pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains.

Sweethearts aboard the train can share nibbles of these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the tastiest treat of all: the sumptuous scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. The rich flavors of chocolate stream across the taste buds like the wild scenery passing by each panoramic window during this lavish four-hour rail adventure. 

With exclusive first-class accommodations, pampering passengers with luxurious style, an abundant selection of other appetizers and attentive beverage service the adjoining open-air cars offer the crisp scenery of late winter, rich with soaring eagles, bright blue skies and crimson cliffs. It's also Eagle Watch in this remote riparian wilderness, and mated pairs will be laying their eggs and tending to their nests along the train's route during this sweet season. 

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 leisurely travels from the charming Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Dramatic rock formations, historic trestles, a 680-foot tunnel, 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 and snack bars. Everyone has panoramic windows and limitless 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.

It's Not the Destination; It's the Chocolate-Lovers' Journey

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