Verde Canyon Railroad
While that expression has become a tired cliché when appearing on some sorority girl's Facebook feed, it's the most apt way to view the Verde Canyon Railroad...and would actually be good to know before departing rather than upon return. The precision of sentiment expressed by "it's not the destination, it's the journey" should not be taken derisively, or understood to mean that this journey is an effort in futility...instead, it should be taken only to understand that after a two hour ride through beautiful landscape -- consisting of the Verde River lazily winding through it's canyon, the canyon itself, a tunnel, some bridges, and maybe a fisherman or two -- the trek culminates in a cow pasture along a decrepit depot that is ambiguously occupied. It's not a disappointing payoff, but it is an end that comes nowhere close to living up to the billing of "the journey's" previous scenery. However, the $1 Shamrock Farms ice cream sandwiches do make the destination pretty amazing.