Texas January 16, 2017
5 Incredible Texas Day Trips You Can Take By Train
Trains are almost mystical. They come rolling through the billowing fog, spewing steam and preparing to pick up their next load of passengers. They’re a great way to visit a new place for the day without committing to a hotel or having to worry about driving back late at night. These 5 day trips by train in Texas allow you to sit back, relax, and let someone else take the wheel while you escape reality for a little while.
1. Fort Worth Stockyards (Grapevine Vintage Railroad)
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad takes you to the historic Stockyards District in Fort Worth, where you can go back in time to the Old West with the world's largest Honky Tonk, saloons, a daily cattle drive, and plenty of amazing restaurants like Cattlemen's Steakhouse. It's a rootin' tootin' good time, y'all.
2. San Antonio (Texas Eagle)
The Texas Eagle is a branch of Amtrak, the most well-known passenger train in America. It travels between Chicago and San Antonio, but you can hop on at stations all throughout the state to travel here. This hill country city has more attractions to enjoy than I could ever list here. Between the Alamo, the River Walk ablaze with the vibrant Mexican culture, the Tower of the Americas, and more, you could day trip here every year and never run out of things to do.
3. East Texas (Texas State Railroad)
Every Spring, the Texas State Railroad offers a Piney Woods Excursion ride that takes passengers through the beautiful East Texas countryside. You'll see towering pine trees, open pastures, and get a taste of what slow living feels like. It's the perfect way to escape all of life's troubles for a few blissful hours.
4. Urban Wine Trail (Grapevine)
Also on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, this wine tasting experience is like none other. You'll get to visit some of Grapevine's finest wineries while listening to relaxing jazz music. It doesn't get much better than that.
5. Cypress Bayou (Jefferson Railway)
This old-fashioned locomotive takes you on the Cypress Bayou deep in East Texas, where you'll see historic 19th century remains and native wildlife while hearing about the history of Jefferson from your tour guide. You'll even get to watch 14 alligators being fed at the Diamond Don Gator Pit. The railway hosts numerous holiday events like a 4th of July celebration with fireworks, a ghost train for Halloween, and a Christmas lights train. It's good fun for the whole family no matter what time of year.
Have you ever taken any of these day trips on a train? What’s your favorite train ride in Texas?