Minnesota August 23, 2017
This Dreamy Train-Themed Trip Through Minnesota Will Take You On The Journey Of A Lifetime
Minnesota is home to a huge variety of attractions, from unique museums to breathtaking natural wonders – not to mention the excellent food and shopping in between. While nature lovers and foodies have their pick of options, what about those of us who have a more unique hobby? Train enthusiasts, too, are lucky to live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Here, there are more than a few train attractions scattered across the entire state. We’ve designed a road trip that will take you to some of the very best. Take a look:
This road trip is about 575 miles total. It's certainly not something you can do in one day, but there are a few stops along the way that would be great places to turn in for the night. All in all, you can expect around 10 hours of driving. The full route with directions can be found
1. Northern Rail Traincar Inn - Two Harbors
If you're looking for unique accommodations, this just might be the ticket. Located in the small town of Two Harbors, this spot is perfect for a North Shore getaway. It's made up of real train boxcars that have been renovated for utmost comfort. Each boxcar has a different theme, and all are truly delightful.
Address: 1730 County Highway 3, Two Harbors.
2. North Shore Scenic Railroad - Duluth
Next on the route is a popular Duluth destination that is sure to bring joy to any train lover who visits it. The North Shore Scenic Railroad is known for its many unique events. You can take a ride on the Duluth Zephyr, have a pizza train birthday party, or even meet Thomas at a popular annual event.
Address: 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth.
3. Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad
Duluth's other train excursion may be lesser known, but it is just as incredible. This railroad takes visitors on a unique ride alongside the St. Louis River, where thick foliage makes for a beautiful adventure. It's especially gorgeous in the fall, when the entire way is marked by red and gold leaves. To learn more, click
Address: 6930 Fremont Street, Duluth.
4. Whistle Stop Bed & Breakfast
Here's another train-themed bed & breakfast that you don't want to miss. This one is located in New York Mills, a small central Minnesota town with plenty of charm. The B&B consists of a century-old house with several rooms for guests to choose from. But the real draw lies just beyond the house, where four beautifully restored train cars await overnight guests. For more information, click
Address: 107 East Nowell Street, New York Mills.
5. Choo Choo Restaurant & Bar - Loretto
From the Whistle Stop Bed & Breakfast, this restaurant is a bit of a hike. But don't let that stop you from visiting. The Choo Choo Restaurant & Bar is located in an historic building decorated to look like an old train depot. Their showpiece is a bright red caboose that was enclosed in the building in 1979. You can even eat in it! To learn more, click
Address: 160 Railway Street West, Loretto.
6. End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum - Currie
We started in the north, but now it's time to go to Minnesota's farthest southern reaches. No matter how far you have to travel to get there, this park and museum is definitely worthy of a stop. Located in Currie, it is home to some of the original rails that used to run through the area in the 1800s. Not only that, but it has a real steam engine, a caboose, and a manual-operated turntable that was once used for turning trains around at the end of the line. The park also contains replicas of old buildings, a playground, and a model train display. It'll impress kids and adults alike.
Address: 440 Mill Street, Currie.
7. Old Railroad Inn Bed & Breakfast - Jackson
You probably haven't had much of a reason to visit Jackson, Minnesota. Until now, that is. This little inn isn't a former railway station or a museum of railroad artifacts. But it does have an interesting connection to Minnesota's railroad history. In the 1880s, the building was once a boardinghouse for rail workers. Today, it pays homage to that history while still providing a comfortable place to lay your head. For more information, click
Address: 219 Moore Street, Jackson.
For more Minnesota train rides, take a look at our list of
6 Epic Train Rides In Minnesota That Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience.