8 Epic Train Rides In Pennsylvania That Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience
The railroad history of Pennsylvania is arguably the richest in the country. Trains made the industrial growth – and passenger travel – possible across our wide state, and played a major role in westward expansion.
The Pennsylvania Railroad system was founded in Philadelphia in 1846 and was the largest and most heavily trafficked in the nation through the first half of the 20th century. At one point, it was also the world’s largest publicly traded corporation.
Although the railroad “Golden Era” has passed, trains still play a major role in transport and continue to grow and develop with the modern world. Despite the passion of railroad enthusiasts, we think trains are too often overlooked – a train ride through the beautiful countryside makes for a wonderful afternoon (or weekend) activity that brings together history AND relaxation.
Here are 8 incredible train rides you can take in Pennsylvania that can’t be missed.
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: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
Have you ridden any of these rails? Did you enjoy the view? Do you know of others we should check out? Tell us about them in the comments!
Meg Archer is a Portland, Oregon-based Editor & Social Media Manager with degrees in English/Creative Writing from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Social Psychology from Portland State University. She has held positions in writing, editing, and media-related fields for over 10 years, including serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Cal Poly’s literary journal Byzantium and copywriting for advertising/marketing agencies before joining Only In You State team in 2015. When she’s not writing or out exploring the West Coast, Meg enjoys working on visual media projects, speaking as a mental health advocate, and can always be found in the front row at Portland Timbers matches.
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