Cleveland February 28, 2017
5 Incredible Day Trips You Can Take From Cleveland By Train
There is perhaps no more exciting way to travel than by train. There’s something undeniably charming and fun about a train ride, and Cleveland’s location at the heart of the North Coast means there are plenty of amazing opportunities for a one-of-a-kind train journey relatively close to home.
1. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Running through the breathtaking scenery of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this small railroad packs a ton of unforgettable experiences and iconic sights into a bite-sized 51 mile line. There is a wide variety of themed rides offered by the railroad throughout the year, including a Christmas-thremed Polar Express ride and a mysterious Murder Mystery Train, so every trip is something special.
2. Lake Shore Limited
This expansive Amtrak line stretches between Boston and Chicago, but the real highlight of the trek lies along the North Coast. From Cleveland, you can easily reach several gorgeous Great Lake spots along the banks of Lakes Erie, Ontario, and Michigan. If the water is your favorite part of Cleveland, a day trip along the Lake Shore Limited is an absolute must.
3. Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Scenic Line Railroad
This amazing shortline isn't located directly in Cleveland, but it only takes a brief drive to Ashtabula County to take in this amazingly scenic train ride. The cars themselves are nearly one hundred years old, making for a charming, old-timey railroad experience unlike any other near Cleveland. The trip itself only lasts about an hour, but you won't want to leave this amazing part of northern Ohio anytime soon.
4. Capitol Limited
Another mammoth interstate railroad, the Capitol Limited, as its name suggests, connects Chicago with Washington, D.C. with an extensive detour through northeast Ohio. The incredible Sightseer Lounge is a car with giant floor-to-ceiling windows, and you can easily spend a day watching the epic Midwest landscape unfold.
5. The Cardinal
This New York-Chicago line traverses a wholly different portion of Ohio than the North Coast you're used to. Running somewhat parallel to the Ohio River, you can take in the natural splendor of the Ohio Valley and the iconic Cincinnati skyline.
Have you ever taken one of these incredible train trips? Tell us what your railroad experience was like in the comments below!