Ever since the 1800s railroads have been an important part of American culture. They have played a significant role in transporting everything from supplies to livestock to travelers. Railroads provide some of the most scenic views in the United States, often venturing into areas inaccessible by car. Each one is unique and will take your group on a journey unlike any they have experienced before. Groups will be able to experience the diversity of the country’s landscape through one of its oldest—and most relaxing—modes of transportation.
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
With nine different train options, Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is sure to satisfy your group. Whether you prefer day-long trips into the Monongahela National Forest or short sightseeing adventures along the Greenbrier River, your group will be able to explore remote parts of the West Virginia mountains that cars cannot access. Special holiday trains, The Polar Express and Elf Limited, are available on select dates in November and December. (mountainrailwv.com)
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
The Cumbres & Toltec, located in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, is run by coal-fired, steam locomotives that worked the original Denver & Rio Grande Western Route. Get a glimpse into the past like never before by enjoying the scenery of the authentic West. Trips run from Memorial Day weekend to mid-October. Your group can choose from full-day, half-day, sunset and sunset dinner trips. (cumbrestoltec.com)
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railway, is open year-round and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for its passengers. Climbing 14,115 feet, this Colorado railway allows its guests to see five states on a clear day. Groups will begin their journey at 6,600 feet in Manitou Springs, then climb to the summit of Pikes Peak, all while witnessing beautiful waterfalls and traveling through forests of aspen and pine. (pikes-peak.com/attractions/pikes-peak-cog-railway)