These 6 Fall-Themed Train Rides In Texas Will Have You Feeling Festive
By Katie Lawrence|Updated on August 19, 2023(Originally published September 02, 2022)
Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25. She attended college in the Houston area and changed her major twice (psychology, computer science, and finally criminal justice) before taking a leap of faith and dropping out to pursue a career in freelance writing.
Today, Katie writes for the Texas and Arizona pages of OnlyInYourState.com and has never been more passionate about a job before. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee, watching a crime TV show or scary movie.
Train rides in Texas are amazing. And fall train rides in Texas are some of the best. There’s something about trains that we Texans just adore. Maybe it’s because they’ve been around for ages, or perhaps the scenic views our state provides are what make riding the rails so alluring. Whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: fall is the best time of year to take a locomotive excursion. These six fall-themed train rides are guaranteed to put you in a festive mood and start the season off in the best way possible.
Have you enjoyed any of these festive fall train rides in Texas? Are there any other fall-themed train rides in Texas that promise a good time for all? Let us know! In the meantime, if you need somewhere to stay, check out our friends at Booking.com for some excellent deals on all sorts of spots!
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What are the best parks to enjoy fall foliage in Texas?
There are some amazing parks in Texas that offer views of stunning fall foliage. So if you love the reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn-time, you will want to check out some of the great state and national parks in Texas.
For instance, Garner State Park in Concan offers trees with vibrant fall foliage, and the scenery is breathtaking when the leaves reflect off the lake.
For hikers, head over to Palo Duro Canyon State Park to walk among the amazing colors of nature in autumn.
And for the otherworldly views in the world’s largest Cypress forest, check out Caddo Lake State Park in Karnack. You will not be disappointed.
What are some great fall destinations in Texas?
If you are someone who loves fall and loves pumpkins, you will want to run over to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Autumn at the Arboretum is an annual festival where more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds, plus 4,500 Chrysanthemums and 150,000 (!) other fall-blooming plants adorn the grounds. The theme changes yearly and transforms the property into a pumpkin wonderland. In addition to the amazing scenery, there are tons of activities for kids and grown-ups alike, such as craft beer, live, music, and pumpkin picking.
For a short .36-mile hike, head over to Maple Trail in Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. The bigtooth maples here have foliage that changes into vibrant reds and oranges. So don’t forget your camera.
Another great hike that is not too long at 1.2 miles long is the Mountain View Trail in Daingerfield State Park. The trail takes you to one of the highest spots in the area, which offers great views of the pine-studded bluffs.