Relive the golden age of train travel on these lovingly-restored locomotives that also take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country.
Operated by the Valley Railroad Company since 1971, this train route takes you on a lovely trip through the Connecticut River Valley. From May-October, you can enjoy a nostalgic journey by steam train AND riverboat (it's the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country!), but also weekends in spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, the line hosts special holiday events.
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You can't go wrong when the train line has "scenic" in its name. Take in dramatic New England sights on a historic rail route in equally historic cars. (One first class car, Gertrude Emma, was originally built in 1898.)
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This much-loved train has been in continuous operation between the towns of Durango and Silverton since 1882. Even more impressive? The majestic vistas enjoyed from the splendor of the antique train cars.
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Ranked as one of the top train rides in America, this national historic landmark travels between Colorado and New Mexico. The 2017 season starts in May and continues through October, but December visitors can enjoy the annual Christmas trains.
For more, visit Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Road »
One of the oldest tourist excursion railways in the country, this railroad takes you on a peaceful three-hour trip through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Seasonal traditions include a Polar Express trip, a 21+ holiday train ride, and a private holiday caboose complete with its own cozy wood-burning stove.
See more at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad »
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Natural wonders abound on the 40-mile-round trip aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad. Red rock pinnacles, ancient Indian ruins, and high-desert foliage makes for a uniquely unforgettable setting.
For more, visit Verde Canyon Railroad »
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When it comes to natural wonders, few states can come close to what Alaska offers. The White Pass & Yukon Route climbs nearly 3,000 feet, taking you around cliff-hanging turns and steep grades for some of the most unbelievable views you'll ever see.
Find out more at Fraser Meadows Steam Excusion »
The authentically-preserved narrow-gauge steam engines that call Roaring Camp Railroads home are a throwback to the days when trains transported giant redwood logs out of the mountains. Today, the open-air Redwood Forest route takes you on a tour through the majestic forest, while the Santa Cruz line takes you right to the beach.
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Back east, charming cranberry red-and-yellow engines take passengers through the captivating scenery of Cape Cod. Sights include cranberry bogs, sand dunes, woodlands, and the Cape Cod Canal. Dinner trains offer up an elegant setting for a candlelight meal, while seasonal trips include a Thanksgiving dinner train and the festive Polar Express.
For more, visit Cape Cod Central Railroad »
Old-fashioned charm awaits visitors on the Strasburg Rail Road, America's oldest operating rail road. Located across from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the trip takes you through bucolic farmland and countryside. The seasonal offerings are plenty — there are three different Christmas events alone.
For more, visit Strasburg Rail Road »