Group tour planners can shake up their itineraries by working in a rail excursion or boat cruise. Here are a few choices in addition to those mentioned in the article that appeared in June’s Leisure Group Travel:

The Conway Scenic Railroad, based in the Mount Washington Valley village of North Conway, offers spectacular views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Valley Train excursions include a 55-minute roundtrip journey to Conway and a slightly longer roundtrip to Bartlett. The Notch Train takes passengers on a trip to and from North Conway and rugged Crawford Notch. (

Upper Hudson River Railroad

The Upper Hudson River Railroad operates over the former Delaware and Hudson Railway’s Adirondack Branch and travels between North Creek and Riverside Station in Riparius. The tracks follow the scenic, rushing whitewater stream of the Hudson River. Brilliant foliage makes fall the most popular season. Roundtrips last a little over two hours. (

The Delaware River Railroad travels between Phillipsburg and Carpentersville along the only operating steam train in New Jersey. In addition to standard excursions along the Delaware River, the railroad offers themed trains, including seasonal holiday trains and the Warren County Winery Train, which stops at two local wineries. (

Explore New Hampshire’s seacoast with Portsmouth Harbor Cruises. The narrated “Harbor Cruise” takes passengers through nearly 400 years of local and American history, from the settlement of the region in 1623 to Portsmouth Harbor’s role today. Highlights include lighthouses, mansions, submarines and forts. The “Isles of the Shoals Cruise” takes passengers away from Portsmouth Harbor and through nine islands off the coast. The Isles of the Shoals were discovered by Capt. John Smith and have a diverse history as a fishing hub in colonial times, hideout for pirates and resort for intellectuals. (