The Best Train Rides to See Foliage in the Fall

Train in New Hampshire, U.S.
Train in New Hampshire, U.S. Photo by Balazs Busznyak on Unsplash

Fall will be here before we know it, and one of the things we’re most looking forward to is planning a trip to see the foliage. While hiking and road trips are both great ways to take in the views, this year, we thought it might be fun to mix things up a bit with a train ride. Fortunately, there are plenty of railways throughout the US that make for excellent front row seats to some of the best foliage in the country. Here are a few we’re especially excited about.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Ohio

Just outside of Cleveland in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this historic railroad offers passengers a front row seat to an impressive display of hickories and oaks. Come fall, the trees burst into a tapestry of rich autumnal colors, typically peaking toward the end of October. The line even has special dome cars with floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal foliage gazing.

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Renowned as the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, this line provides passengers with a unique perspective as it ascends to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Views from the railway are spectacular year-round, but are even more beautiful when the leaves start to change.

Georgetown Loop Railroad

West of the Mississippi, the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad winds between former mining towns Georgetown and Silver Plume at heights of up to 600 feet. While perhaps not for the faint of heart, the journey does offer some truly incredible foliage views for those who don’t mind venturing to such altitudes. The line even hosts fall-themed events throughout the season such as a Fall Colors Train and a Pumpkinfest ride!