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SEDONA, AZ and VERDE VALLEY, AZ and CLARKDALE, AZ --(Marketwired - March 21, 2016) - As interest in Sedona and the Verde Valley swells, so do the numbers of worldwide visitors enjoying the scenic splendor of Arizona's high desert red rock country. A glance at Verde Canyon Railroad's guest book shows passengers come to Clarkdale from foreign nations near and far; from as close as Canada and Mexico to as distant as Germany and China.
In an effort to communicate effectively with international travelers, Verde Canyon Railroad now offers online information in five additional languages to connect with the ever-expanding faction of foreign guests. Hispanic nations understand no es el destino, es el viaje as the train's long-time slogan about the ride and perhaps life itself, "It's not the destination, it's the journey." French-speaking travelers read about une vue imprenable sur l'ouest sauvage, loosely translating to "stunning views of the Wild West."
German tourists have long exhibited serious enthusiasm for Arizona, and in the past year Verde Canyon Railroad has been featured in two major German publications. Part of the appeal of this heritage railroad is the chance for visitors to see majestetische falken und adler (majestic hawks and eagles), Javelina, wilde esel, hasen (Javelina, wild burros, rabbits), und viele weitere Canyonkreaturen koexistieren friedlich mit dem Erbe dieser Eisenbahn seit über 100 Jahren (the many wild canyon creatures coexisting peacefully with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years).
Asia is a growing market for Arizona and each year the number of groups arriving from the Far East increases, often times by way of California-based receptive companies. 亚利桑那州历史最悠久的展会性质 introduces Mandarin speakers to "Arizona's Longest-Running Nature Show," and Japanese travelers can learn about ヴェルデバレーのワールドクラスの宿泊施設のオプション、レストラン、ブティック、美術館やギャラリー、国のモニュメント、州立公園やその他の歴史的名所 (the Verde Valley's world-class lodging options, restaurants, boutiques, museums and galleries, national monuments, state parks and other historic sights).
LonelyPlanet.com recently named Arizona's Verde Valley one of the "Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World." "It makes sense for us to assist our international visitors in their native language," states marketing director Teresa Propeck. "They are traveling long distances to visit our area and we would like them to be comfortable and confident with their travel decisions," Propeck added.
A treasured bit of history traversing a rare and scenic Arizona wilderness, Verde Canyon Railroad is a fresh view into the unspoiled heart of the West. Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic. The train provides a relaxed yet exhilarating journey as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming Clarkdale depot through the picturesque Verde Canyon to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring rock formations, historic trestles, 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 full-service bar. The caboose is a luxurious, private car for six friends, family time or to impress clients. Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack bars. All passengers have access to open-air viewing cars with 360-degree views and spectacular photographic opportunities.
A stone's throw from the hillside mining town of Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad's Clarkdale depot is located in the heart of the Verde Valley, a diverse crossroads featuring amazing adventures in every direction. Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day trip. Reservations may be made at verdecanyonrr.com or by calling 800.293.7245.
It's not the destination; it's the journey