Before the days of interstate highways, trains were the mainstay of American long-distance travel. Going by train was a relatively affordable luxury, and vacationers took to the rails for unparalleled views of the country from New England coastal towns to the California Redwoods. Serving various regions, competitive private rail companies hired artists to create posters that would convey the excitement of trains and the beauty of the destinations they served. These posters survive today as snapshots of the glory days of traveling America by rail.