Take This Fall Foliage Train Ride Near Portland For A One-Of-A-Kind Experience
While Portland and its surrounding areas have a plethora of pine trees to help keep up looking green year round, there are still plenty of opportunities to spot some fall color. For one of the most epic fall color tours around, take a ride on the Mt Hood Railroad’s Harvest Fall Excursion and enjoy some of the best fall colors of the season.
Departing on the weekends, this is one of the most popular train trips you can take.
Starting in Hood River, the 4-hour trip takes you to Parkdale and back.
Along the way, you will enjoy two scenic photo-taking opportunities that highlight the best of the season.
An onboard guest speaker will narrate the journey, providing you with interesting historical and present-day information about the area best known for its fruit.
When you reach Parkdale, you will have a short layover in the small town.
Enjoy a short walk or visit the Hutson Museum at the train depot for no added cost.
Because it is a fall harvest tour, the trip also includes some sampling along the way.
Guests 21 and older can participate in a sampling of local Harvest Brews along the journey.
You can pack a lunch for the trip, or order a meal onboard to enjoy once you arrive in Parkdale.
Apple Valley BBQ provides picnic lunches, which includes a pulled pork or chicken sandwich and all the fixings.
Choose from Standard Class, First Class, or Diamond Class travel when you book your ticket.
Standard Class provides rowed seating, while Diamond and First Classes offer booths and in the case of Diamond Class, a domed roof for some spectacular panoramic views.
No matter where you sit though, you will be treated to some incredible views.
There is nothing quite as spectacular as the reds, yellows, and browns of fall across the horizon.
The Fall Harvest Excursion runs on October 7, 8, 14, and 15. Additionally, the Parkdale Excursion trip (without the Harvest tastings) will take place October 13, 22, and 29.
To guarantee your spot, you will need to book a ticket in advance. The trips all take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Have you taken a fall tour with the Mt Hood Railroad? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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