Washington September 09, 2015
Board These 8 Beautiful Trains In Washington For An Unforgettable Experience
If you enjoy scenic trips, boarding a train in Washington can be an amazing experience because we have such breathtaking landscape to pass through! Here are 8 rides around the Evergreen state that you’ve got to check out:
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8. Chehalis - Centralia Railroad
Their Polar Express and Santa Steam Trains are scheduled to run this year, giving a vintage locomotive experience for passengers all over! They even have Murder Mystery Trains where you can solve a mystery and enjoy a four-course meal along the way. Tickets will be available on October 1st - be sure to check them out
for more information.
7. Amtrak Cascades
These European-style trains run along a 467-mile rail corridor, spanning the entire Pacific Northwest including a few stops down in Oregon, too. They have seven train sets, each named after a Northwest mountain – Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Baker, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Bachelor. In our state, you can get on board in Vancouver, Kelso/Longview, Centralia, Olympia/Lacey, Tacoma, Tukwila, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mount Vernon, and Bellingham. View their schedule, get tickets and more
6. Chelatchie Prairie Railroad
From May through December you can check out the events at this volunteer run railroad located in north Clark County! Be sure to take a look at
for more details. The scenic route runs between Yacolt to Moulton Falls and Chelatchie Prairie, so don't forget to bring a camera!
5. Leavenworth Snow Train
This ride was voted one of the best escapes in the Northwest by Evening Magazine, and you'll agree on its worthiness after you get in your seat! Once you're comfortable, you'll be served a continental breakfast to enjoy while you can admire the scenery passing by. You can depart from Seattle, Edmonds, or Everett to begin on this epic journey towards our state's lovable Bavarian village. Be sure to take a look at their
for more info.
4. Excursion Train - North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club
The whole family will appreciate this hour and a half trip. It encompasses three classical railroad coaches, three open-air cars and one caboose. Each 20-mile roundtrip departs in Ione and runs through several tunnels and bridges, offering splendid views the whole way! You can read more about them and get tickets on their
3. Great Northern & Cascade Railway in Skykomish
Who doesn't love free rides?! This impressive spot offers free train rides to the public as well as a railroad education program, according to their website
. The Railroad operates May through October, every weekend plus holidays with one locomotive, ten riding cars, and over 2,700 feet of track.
2. Snoqualmie Valley Railroad
This steam train offers a picturesque view on Saturdays & Sundays from April til the end of October. Starting from Snoqualmie Depot, it goes eastbound towards North Bend Depot. If you want, you can just get off when you get to North Bend. Then it starts heading back west near the top of Snoqualmie Falls, where you can see the lower river valley and top of the town's iconic waterfall. The train then goes back east and stops again at Snoqualmie Depot. If you first boarded in Snoqualmie, your trip ends here - but if you boarded at North Bend Depot you can stay on and continue back to North Bend. Check out more info on
1. No. 17 or No. 70 at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
Surrounded by the forest and foothills near Mount Rainier, you can unwind on a number of trains
on this railroad
. You can also travel around their new museum, which showcases the most extensive collection about steam-logging locomotives in the whole world!
Have you been on any other scenic train rides in Washington?? Tell us about them below!