Summer has ended and the leaves on the trees have turned into beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow. At this time of the year, there are many places around the U.S. where you can see breathtaking landscapes of golden foliage. Take some time out to experience such beauty aboard a train that travels across our amazing country. Rather than driving yourself, and having to concentrate on the road, enjoy the views seated on a comfortable dining car with a glass of red in your hand. Here’s a list of the best train rides in the U.S this time of year.
Mount Washington Cog Railway – New Hampshire
In the fall, New Hampshire’s White Mountains are the talk of the town as the landscape becomes a bright array of oranges and yellows. People especially rave on about the spectacular views from the top of the Northeastern highest peak when traveling on the Mount Washington Cog Railway. This railway has been transporting passengers along this three-mile route for over 150 years via replica coaches. The summit is a staggering 6,288 feet high and you can see breathtaking hues of the national forest from up there. This stretch of the trip is said to be one of the steepest railroad tracks in the country. If the day is clear is you can even see Canada and Maine from the summit.
Reading Blue Mountain and Northern – Pennsylvania
Board a 1920s steam locomotive and take a train ride from Reading to Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania, and take in the magnificent views of the Pocono Mountains. Every weekend throughout the month of October, as well as the first weekend of November, the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern railroad, offer weekend round-trips over this 120-mile route. Your ticket includes a delicious lunch in town and gives you a chance to explore the historic buildings and museums of Jim Thorpe.
Napa Valley Wine Train – California
For a truly delightful sensory experience, visit Napa Valley in the fall. It is really an unexpected experience where all four senses are heightened. As you travel on board the Napa Valley Wine Train through the vineyards, you can smell the aroma of fermenting grapes in the air. Let your eyes feast on the dazzling fall hues on the trees. Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch or dinner as well as delectable wine tastings whilst comfortably seated in a restored 1900s Pullman car. You can even add on a wine tour if you wish.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – Colorado
Today it’s famous for its splendid views and landscapes, but the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was originally used in the 1800s to haul gold and silver form the mining camps in the San Juan Mountains. Experience the marvelous sights of gold and crimson hues with the majestic San Juan mountains as a backdrop when you travel from Durango to Silverton. If you’re a photography enthusiast, there is a special trip planned in late September for you to capture this beauty with your camera. Families can also enjoy a Great Pumpkin Patch Express ride offered on the first three weekends in October.
Why not spend a weekend doing something out of your routine. Take a train ride out into the countryside aboard one of these railway carts to appreciate the breathtaking color display that fall has to offer across this beautiful country.