Northern California January 22, 2017
5 Incredible Northern California Day Trips You Can Take By Train
When was the last time you took the train out of the city and into the countryside for a fun afternoon or evening? For most of us, the answer is probably never! Luckily, Northern California offers several day trips on trains that are sure to delight you. This region stays true to its locomotive steam engine roots, so get out there and take advantage of the really amazing experience that these train rides offer.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Skunk Train, Fort Bragg
The world famous skunk train is one of the longer day trips in Northern California, running 40 from Fort Bragg along the coast to Willits. You’ll cross about 30 bridges and trestles as well as go through two mountain tunnels on this route. The train got it’s name from the original gas engines that were smelled long before you would see one coming around the bend. It was originally built as a logging train and much of the scenery you’ll see on your ride is the same as when the lumberjacks passed through this area. It offers dinners, overnight excursions and can be chartered for weddings and private events. Book your train ride by calling 866.457.5865 or visiting www.sierrarailroad.com.
2. Sierra Railroad Dinner Train, Oakdale
Enjoy the beautiful countryside and a delicious meal all at the same time on the history Sierra Railroad. Not only does it offer a spectacular evening meal, it also serves Sunday Brunches, Murder Mystery dinners, Wild West shows and holiday specials. Known as one of the five best dinner trains in the West, this three hour trip begins in Oakdale and runs for about 16 miles before it turns around in Warnerville. Call 800.866.1690 or visit www.sierrarailroad.com to book your trip.
3. The Napa Valley Wine Train
Get ready to soak in the life of luxury on this popular train ride, which starts at 1275 McKinstry Street in Napa. The route winds for 36 miles through gorgeous wine country from Napa to St. Helena. Sip on some of the finest wines while you ride, and choose between the three different restaurants located on board: Champagne Vista Dome, Gourmet Express and Silverado Grill. You can also choose to book a special event, such as the Murder Mystery ride, Moonlight Escape and holiday specials. For more information, call 800.427.4124 or visit www.winetrain.com.
4. Sacramento River Train
Looking for a relaxed, easy going place to grab a drink and listen to some live music? The Sacramento River Train is just the ticket. This takes you from Woodland to Sacramento and along the Sacramento River. You’ll also travel through farmland and over an 8,000 foot train tressle. Beer & wine are available in the dining car, the Club Car or the open-air cars, which are definitely where you will want to ride during Saturday Great Train Robberies or Sunday Brunches.Call 800.866.1690 or visit www.sierrarailroad.com to book your trip.
5. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown
This scenic ride through Gold Country might look familiar. It’s been referred to as the “Movie Railroad” because its trains have hollywood stars that you might have seen in High Noon, Back To The Future 3, and Petticoat Junction. It’s a one of a kind attraction that merges the wild west history of california with it’s newer, glamorous movie scene. The route takes you on a tour of Historic Jamestown. Call 209.984.3953 or visit www.railtown1897.com/railtown/default.asp to get your tickets.
What are you waiting for? Go experience the magic of a train ride in just one afternoon. For more train related fun in Northern California, be sure to read
The Train Resort in Northern California Everyone Needs To Visit At Least Once.