Massachusetts January 17, 2017
3 Incredible Massachusetts Day Trips You Can Take By Train
Massachusetts doesn’t enjoy as many train options as some other states, but we still have a handful of truly amazing choices when it comes to train day trips. If you feel like traveling but don’t feel like gassing up the car, struggling with vague GPS directions and sitting in traffic, try booking a seat on one of these fantastic railroad adventures. Take one of these amazing Massachusetts day trips by train for an easy and fun escape.
1. Hoosac Valley Train Ride
Hoosac Valley Train Rides are one of the best ways to take in the beauty of the Berkshire Hills between North Adams and Adams. On this day train, you can see the sights from the comfort of a cushy seat in a temperature-controlled rail car. Trains depart from North Adams Station three times a day. Rides last about an hour, and are about eight miles round trip.
This railroad also offers all sorts of awesome themed train trips, so check their site throughout the year to find the perfect trip for you. The fall foliage rides are particularly beautiful, and the summer excursion service rides are a great way to see the countryside without getting all hot and sticky. The 2017 season starts on May 27 and wraps up in December. You can
grab tickets online
or at the station.
2. Cape Cod Central Railroad
The Cape Cod Central Railroad’s trains are almost a destination in themselves. They offer incredible domed window cars that offer an almost 180-degree view of the landscape, as well as amazing dining train options. Whizz past marshes, cranberry bogs, dunes and other places that are only accessible via the railroad's comfy trains.
Your day trip will start in Hyannis, and the length of the trip varies according to the journey type. Our picks for the best experience include the Coastal Excursion train that runs on the weekend and is incredibly affordable (just $17 for standard class ticket, and $47 for table seating in the upper dome), and the Cape Cod Dinner train.
Check here for schedules and tickets.
3. MBTA Newburyport-Rockport Line
You might be a little surprised to find an MBTA commuter line on this list, but the Newburyport-Rockport line is actually one of the most beautiful train rides in the state. Passing miles and miles of gorgeous coastline, sparkling sea and quaint New England homes, it's a wonder that commuters can ever tear their eyes away from the windows on this train.
The best part about this train day trip is how cheap and accessible it is. Start out at any station on the line, including Boston’ North Station, and cruise along the beautiful landscape on your way north. On weekdays, trains leave about every 60 to 30 minutes, depending on which station you’re using. Cruise on up to the charming harbor town of Newburyport with its countless boutique shops and cafes, and then head even further up the line to sleepy Rockport, one of the state’s most stunning fishing villages. Even better? Ride fares start at a measly $2.25 and don’t get pricier than $12.50.
Click here to buy tickets and see current schedules.
Looking for more amazing rail rides in Massachusetts?
Check out our list of the best train and trolley rides here.