During the autumn months, rail passage offers the perfect opportunity to experience the best foliage across the country, leaving you with nothing to do but admire the view. Here are ten great trips that will take you past some of the best autumnal scenes.
Before cruising down the Connecticut River, you'll glide past rural New England towns and the tidal wetlands at Pratt Cove aboard a steam locomotive. It's one of the most pristinely preserved natural areas in the country.
The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum offers rides on Saturdays and Sundays, taking passengers through groves of black cottonwood, dogwood, red alder, and vine maple trees, as well as past thick coniferous forests.
Scenic stops in Thendara, Saranac Lake, and other small towns along the way give riders a chance to explore the historic hamlets that line the route. passengers can enjoy various fall events on a beer & wine tasting train and Halloween train.
Combine some of the world's best wine with stunning scenery on a trip aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Lunch/dinner are prepared onboard by award-winning chef Kelly Macdonald, and a sunset journey during the fall harvest season can't be beat.
Traversing the San Juan National Forest, this train offers riders the perfect way to see the beauty of the Western wilderness any time of year. As you follow the Animas River, keep an eye out for the abandoned mining camps & old stagecoach roads.