Traveling by train is the vintage way of doing things. It allows you to sit back, enjoy the view, and let someone else take the wheel. Luckily, North Carolina offers some seriously amazing train rides, fun for adults and fun for kids. Some are 21 and up, while others are perfect for breaking out of your weekend routine and doing something unforgettable. Enough with the formalities; it’s time to hop on board!
1. Tuckasegee River Excursion
The Tuckasegee River Excursion is an unforgettable experience offered through
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
Your journey starts in Bryson City. For four and a half hours, you'll travel through the beautiful countryside of western North Carolina. You'll pass through the Cowee Tunnel, and movie buffs will be excited to see
movie set. You'll take a fun, hour-long pit stop in historic Dillsboro. Explore shops, find goodies, and grab a bite to eat before you hop back on board.
2. Fontana Trestle Train ft. BBQ and Brews.
Back by popular demand, hop on board with Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a fun, delicious day of BBQ, brews, and choo choos. The train departs from Bryson City and takes you to the Fontana Trestle. While on board, you're treated to a delicious, slow-cooked BBQ meal AND beer tastings. You really can't go wrong with this awesome trio!
3. Nantahala Gorge Excursion
Another unforgettable, on board experience offered by GSMR is the Nantahala Gorge Excursion. You'll depart from Bryson City. For four and a half hours, you're treated with beautiful views of the Nantahala River. You'll hear Appalachian tales and venture across Fontana Lake. After the excitement, you'll have an hour to relax and explore at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
4. New Hope Valley, Triangle Train
Just 30 minutes outside of Raleigh, have a historic experience on this open-air train. The train ride takes you through scenic woods. After your ride, stop at the North Carolina Railway Museum. Keep your eyes peeled for special train ride events around the holidays. Coming up is the Brew 'n' Choo: Strawberry Festival, April 10th and 30th.
5. Wizard of Oz Train Ride
On July 14th, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will debut the new Wizard of Oz Train! The train takes off in Munchkinland, follows along the Yellow Brick Road and of course, you must defeat the Wicked Witch before arriving at Emerald City. On your 2 1/2 hour journey, you'll get to relive all of the magic for yourself. This is perfect for families, kids, and even those who just LOVE the Wizard of Oz!
6. Tweetsie Railroad
Tweetsie is an absolutely awesome Wild West theme park located in Blowing Rock. Tweetsie has two vintage locomotive trains: No. 12, 'Tweetsie,' and No. 190, the 'Yukon Queen.' No trip to Tweetsie is complete without hopping on board for a 3-mile journey. Tweetsie also offers special events and train rides. One you (well, your kids or grandkids) won't want to miss is Thomas the Train's return to Tweetsie June 10-19th.
What a fun ride! I’m ready to go again. What about you? Have you experienced any of these train rides for yourself? If so, which one is your favorite?