This Dreamy Train-Themed Trip Through Ohio Will Take You On The Journey Of A Lifetime

If you’re a train enthusiast, Ohio is the state for you. Scattered throughout the Buckeye State are train museums, depots, scenic railways, and even train-themed restaurants that are fun for the whole family to enjoy. We’ve designed a train-themed road trip to take you on several train rides in Ohio that’s ideal for a weekend getaway and is fun for the whole family. When getting ready for your adventure, don’t forget to use our ultimate road trip packing list to make preparations a breeze! Now, let’s take a look at this unique trip:

The total trip takes a little less than 8 hours to complete. We’ve designed it in a loop, so you can start with the location closest to you. To view a Google Map of the trip in a separate tab or window, click here.

What do you think of this road trip of train rides in Ohio? Would you take it? Share your thoughts with us!

For more Ohio train rides, check out our previous article: 8 Epic Train Rides In Ohio That Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience.

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Train-Themed Road Trip In Ohio

April 28, 2021

What are the best train rides in Ohio?

There’s just something so special about riding on a train and luckily there are several options around Ohio for a wonderful ride down the tracks. A few of these options include:

  • If you live in or are visiting southwestern Ohio, the LM&M features historic train rides and themed train rides around the holidays, all of which depart from Lebanon.
  • Take the Cincinnati Dinner Train where you can enjoy a four-course meal on a three-hour journey in a restored 1940s dining car.
  • The Lorain and West Virginia Railway offers special themed train events throughout the year including a Fall Foliage ride, Santa Train, and Pumpkin Train. 


Are there any other themed road trips I can take? 

There are several themed road trips in Ohio that can help you plan an adventure and lead you to places around the Buckeye State you may never have thought about visiting. Up for an adventure? Check out:

  • This Cave and Waterfall Road Trip will lead you to impressive caves like the Rock House in Logan to majestic waterfalls like Hayden Falls in Dublin. 
  • There's also a Lighthouse Road Trip which leads you along the Lake Erie coast to view several picturesque lighthouses, some of which may offer tours!


What are some ideas for fun day trips in Ohio?

In a state like Ohio, it’s easy to find places for a day trip. Here are some ideas to make a day away both fun and exciting:

  • If you like both wine and waterfalls, try this day trip that will take you to one of the best wineries and falls in the state.
  • You may also want to take a day to explore the town of Yellow Springs where you can peruse the shops, visit the art galleries, and search for the springs the town is named after.