Train Tours and Train Rides

Scenic Railway Excursions ...

Train tours and train rides are great fun for the
entire family. You can make them a major part of
your
kid vacation or use them for short side trips
to enjoy the beautiful scenery without worrying
about driving.

Whether its riding a modern train to tour the
country or boarding a
vintage steam engine for
a short excursion, you'll have a great time.

Both young and old enjoy
train rides, and there is
probably no better way to see America than to take
a
train tour. These resources should help you
find the perfect train tour or ride for your family.  
Have a wonderful trip!

Alaska Train Tours

Alaska Railroad - The best way to see Alaska is on the railroad.
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Arizona Train Rides

Grand Canyon Railway - Vintage train tour  from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon.
Five different classes of service are available.

Verde Canyon Railroad - Travel the wilderness route on this historical train from
Clarkdale, AZ to Perkinsville and back.

Train Rides, Train Tours in California

Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum - Vintage train tours from Campo to La Mesa,
California

Ventura County Train Rides - Fillmore & Western Railway offers scenic train rides on
vintage trains, murder mystery dinner trains and train rides for other special events.

Roaring Camp Railroads - Travel by steam train up a narrow-gauge track through the
Big Trees to Bear Mountain or by beach train down the scenic San Lorenzo River to the
sunny beaches of Santa Cruz

Sierra Railroad - 3 great train tours. Includes the Sacramento River Train, the Skunk
Train (travels through coastal mountains and towering Redwood forests), and the Sierra
Railroad (connects Gold Country and the Central Valley).

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad - An exciting 4-mile railroad excursion at
Yosemite  Park's south gate on highway 41. Ride into history where powerful
locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra mountains.

Niles Canyon Railway - Train rides on the historic transcontinental
gateway to the San Francisco Bay.

Railtown 1897 State Park - Located in Jamestown, in the heart of California’s Gold
Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is
home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse—an intact and still-functioning
steam locomotive repair and maintenance facility, portions of which date back to 1897.
Train rides are available through California's scenic Gold Country.

Smith Ranch and Julian Railroad - Located in Julian, California in the mountains east
of San Diego. Take a unique gold mining train ride pulled by a 3.5 ton, battery powered
tunneling locomotive. Enjoy a 1-mile train ride and visit a historic 1870 gold mine.

Colorado Train Tours

Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway - A cog passenger railroad with trips to the summit
of Pike's Peak (
Train ride photos).

Royal Gorge Railroad Train Tours - Since 1879 - Colorado's oldest scenic line
provides the only rail access through the gorge. See the Royal Gorge Bridge hanging
over 1,000 feet above the train, the raging Arkansas River, wildlife and scenery found
only on this train.

Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge - A trip on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow
Gauge Railroad, reveals wonderful scenery around every curve as a century-old steam
locomotive transports you back to the gold mining days of Cripple Creek & Victor,
Colorado (
Train ride photos).

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - America's highest and longest narrow gauge
railroad. Trips between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO.

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - This historic train has been in
continuous operation for 125 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam
locomotives. Relive  the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a  spectacular journey on
board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Georgetown Loop Train Tour - Ever wonder what train travel through the mountains
might have been like 100 years ago? The Georgetown Loop Railroad brings this history
to life in a fun adventure that will thrill the entire family.

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad - This journey is full of breath-taking
panoramas  across the Arkansas River Valley. Mining and railroading were a large part
of the local history, and today's passengers will find it easy to step back in time on the
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - This historic railroad route travels through the San Luis
Valley, over the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains into La Veta.

Delaware Train Tours

Wilmington and Western Railroad  - Since 1867, the Wilmington & Western has
served the communities along the Red Clay Creek, first as a for-profit transportation
route for freight and passengers, and now as a non-profit, historic tourist railroad.

Florida Train Tours

Seminole Gulf Railway - Train tours, excursion trains, and murder mystery dinner
trains. Located near Fort Myers, on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast.

Orlando Star Clipper Dinner Train - Offers a fantastic meal, great entertainment, and
a rail journey through some beautiful parts of central Florida.

Train Rides in Georgia

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - A 26 mile round-trip train tour through historic
Murphy Junction along the beautiful Toccoa River.

Kansas Train Tours

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad - Train tours from historic Abilene to Enterprise,
Kansas through the Smoky Hill River Valley.

Midland Railway - Kansas train ride  from Baldwin City to Ottawa and woods.

New Hampshire Train Tours

Mount Washington Valley and the Conway Scenic Railroad - Whether you choose one
of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, you'll
experience the excitement of rail travel in the comfort of open or enclosed restored
passenger cars.

Mount Washington Cog Railway - Train Ride to the top of Mount Washington.

Hobo Railroad - Winnipesaukee scenic railroad provides scenic train rides along New
Hampshire's Lakes and through the White Mountains.

New Jersey Train Rides

New Jersey Train Tours - This site has lots of good information about the Black River
Railroad System, and the Belvidere & Delaware River Railway. There are many train rides for
special events. Also, trains leave from both Flemington, NJ and Phillipsburg, NJ. Take a train
ride through rural Hunterdon County, or enjoy a tour along the beautiful Delaware River.

Maryland Train Tours

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - Our restored early 20th century train steams on a
round trip through the mountains between Cumberland and Frostburg. Enjoy three
centuries of transportation history, scenic excursions, first class dining cars, murder
mystery/dinner trains and Santa’s Express holiday specials.

Train rides in Massachusetts

Cape Cod Central Railroad - Offers an award winning Elegant Dinner Train, Luncheon
Trains, Family Supper Train Tours and a popular Scenic Excursion Train.

Michigan Train Tours

Michigan Train Excursions - Enjoy both diesel and steam train excursions across
Michigan. The
North Pole Express is a favorite train ride for many each November and
December.

Minnesota Train Tours

Minnesota Train Tours - This link takes you to the Minnesota Transportation Museum
with information on the Jackson Street Roundhouse, train depots and museums, and train
tours on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

New Mexico Train Tours

New Mexico Train Rides - Ride the Famous Santa Fe Southern Railway.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - American's highest and longest narrow gauge
railroad. Trips between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO.

Montana Train Rides

Last Chance Tour Train - This is a great way to tour the Helena, Montana area. This
narrated tour takes you past some of the beautiful mansions that were built as a result of the
gold strikes, and other historical areas of Helena.

Alder Gulch Short Line - This 30-inch narrow gauge tourist railroad is owned by the State
of Montana. This unique railroad connects Virginia City and Nevada City and takes tourists
through historic Alder Gulch gold country.

Ohio Train Tours

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Enjoy an unforgettable journey through the heart of
beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, along the Cuyahoga River and the historic Ohio &
Erie Canalway between Cleveland and Akron, and on to Canton.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway - Ride a historic train along the Hocking River in the scenic
hills of Southeast Ohio, and visit a 1840's pioneer log village. All rides depart from the
Nelsonville Depot, located at 33 E. Canal Street on U.S. Route 33 in Nelsonville, Ohio. This is
56 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, from the I-70 intersection, and 13 miles north of Athens,
Ohio.

Pennsylvania Train Rides

Tioga Central Railroad - There's family fun for everyone aboard the comfortable cars of the
Tioga Central Railroad

Steamtown - Train Rides and Excursions. National Historic Site - Scranton, PA.

Kiski Junction Railroad - A working freight and tourist shortline, offering scenic train rides in
Pennsylvania.
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Rhode Island Train Rides

Old Colony and Newport Scenic Railway - Sit Back, relax and enjoy the salt air breeze as you
travel along the cozy west shore of Aquidneck island (Newport RI) in an open platform coach built
1904 or an 1884 parlor car.

South Carolina Train Tours

South Dakota Train Rides

Texas Train Rides

South Carolina Railroad Museum - Home of the Rockton Rion & Western Railroad. This site
provides information on train rides.
Black Hills Central Railroad - Located near Mt. Rushmore National Monument and Crazy
Horse Memorial, the locomotive offers a western experience like no other. Hear the bellow of the
engine and the whine of the whistle as it winds it's way through the scenic hills between Hill City
and Keystone.
Hill Country Flyer - Let the rivers and ranches of the Texas Hill Country, or the historic
neighborhoods and lush parks of the heart of Austin, slip by your window as you, your family and
friends share the delights of an adventure on Central Texas’ very own vintage passenger train!

Texas State Railroad - Nice round-trip train tour between Rusk and Palestine.
https://www.texasstaterr.com/

Vermont Train Tours

Train Rides in Washington State

Train Rides in Vermont - Relive the days when travel was an exciting
adventure. Enjoy the sights and sounds, relax and come aboard a Vermont Flyer train.
Lion's Club Train Ride - A 20 mile round-trip excursion from Ione to Metaline Falls in Northeast
Washington State.

Northwest Railway Museum - Train tours from Snoqualmie to North Bend.

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad - Steam train excursions through the foothills of Mt. Rainier.

Lake Whatcom Railway - Ride the authentic full size old Northern Pacific train in Wickersham,
Washington, USA (Southeast of Bellingham).

West Virginia Train Tours

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad - Eagle sightings occur on over 90% of all excursions. Step
aboard the Potomac Eagle for a rail experience you'll remember for years.

Other Resources for Train Tours

Amtrak - Information on a wide range of modern day train tours. The California Zephyr travels
from Chicago to California.

Kettle Valley Steam Railway - Offers historic train rides through Summerland, British Columbia,
Canada.

Rocky Mountaineer Trains - Unique train tours across Canada.

Vacations by Rail - Information on a wide range of train tours. A kid vacation to remember.

Nevada Train Rides

Nevada Northern Railway
A fully functional historic railroad museum that provides a variety of train rides near Ely,
Nevada.

Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Known as the "Queen of the Short Lines", this railroad near Carson City, Nevada started in
1870. Its legendary engines and engineers opened the silver hills of the Comstock Lode
through some of the steepest and curviest rail lines in America. (
Train ride photos)

Nevada State Railroad Museum - Boulder City, Nevada
Train rides depart from the Nevada Southern Railway Museum, Boulder City Depot and last
approximately 45 minutes.

Utah Train Rides

Heber Valley Railroad - Historic steam engine that is based out of Heber City, Utah. This is just
east of Salt Lake City. Train trips cross the Heber Valley, and follow the shore of Deer Creek
Lake and descend into a majestic and breathtaking canyon.

Arkansas Train Rides

Arkansas and Missouri Railroad - Offers train rides and excursion trains serving a
139 mile corridor through Northwest Arkansas from South Fort Smith, Arkansas to
Monett, Missouri.

Train rides in Missouri

Arkansas and Missouri Railroad - Offers train rides and excursion trains serving a 139
mile corridor from Monett, Missouri to South Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Branson Scenic Railway - Features a 40-mile round-trip excursion through the Ozark
foothills. Learn the history of the area as you cross bridges and trestles and experience the
luxury of rail travel.   

Oregon Train Rides

Mount Hood Railroad - Take a scenic train ride through the Columbia River Gorge that
climbs to the foothills of Mt Hood. Enjoy scenic train tours, fine dining and special railroad
events during brunch and dinner like the Murder Mystery Dinner Train.

North Carolina Trains

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - Your journey begins at the historic depot in Bryson City
and scenic rail excursions take you through the beautiful countryside of Western North
Carolina.

New Hope Valley Railway - The Triangle's Train, located near Raleigh in historic Bonsal.
The train travels through scenic woods and over a trestle for an enjoyable one-hour, eight mile
round trip ride.

Tweetsie Railroad - Come visit the Tweetsie Railroad and Wild West Theme Park. Train
rides, and much, much more.
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Our Favorite Family Train Tours

Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Pike's Peak Cog Railway
Cripple Creek and Victor narrow Gauge Railroad
Cripple Creek & Victor
Narrow Gauge Railroad
Virginia and Truckee Railroad
Virginia & Truckee Railroad
See these train tours and rides through our eyes and then decide which one you will choose for your  
Family Vacation destination this year.
So you need more choices? Well there are plenty to select from around the country.
Just pick a state and click on the links for Train Tours and Rides available in that state.

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