Enjoy A Scenic Train Ride, Then Spend The Night In A Historic Depot In This Iowa Town

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Today, the trains crisscrossing the United States are mostly associated with the two coasts, but Iowa has a rich rail history and still plays host to several long-distance rail lines. However, when most people ride the rails in the Hawkeye State today, they’re doing it for fun rather than business or travel. Iowa has several famous recreational railroads, but none more famous than the one in Boone. In this train-themed day trip in Iowa, you start by paying a visit to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and follow it up with a stay in the state’s most unique hotel – the Hotel Pattee in Perry, built into a historic train depot. For train lovers, there is no better way to celebrate Iowa’s rail history and enjoy some stunning views, great food, and a luxurious night’s sleep.

Have you visited these attractions in Boone or Perry? Let us know about your experience on this train-themed day trip in Iowa in the comments section. To find out more about these unique rail attractions, you can visit the websites for the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and Hotel Pattee for everything you need to know. For more unique road trips in 2023, check out these twelve small towns.

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Address: Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave suite a, Perry, IA 50220, USA
Address: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad | James H. Andrew Railroad Museum, 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036, USA