The best scenic train trips to see fall foliage in the US

The best scenic train trips to see fall foliage in the US

Matador Network | Matthew Meltzer, September 6, 2019

WOW, WHERE’D SUMMER GO? One minute you’re shaking the dust off your inner tubes and the next it’s like, “Hey, where are you parking for tailgates this year?” But don’t lament the end of summer; fall brings the nicest time of the year in many parts of the country — specifically, those parts where trees go from green to all shades of red, yellow, and orange. Driving to see those colors is fun, but to really experience their magic, a train ride is the way to go. Across the United States, there are some spectacular railroad trips to see the fall foliage, from the famous New England autumn landscapes to more underrated fall destinations like Colorado and Tennessee. Here are the 16 best scenic train trips in the US you need to hitch a ride on this fall.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Peninsula, Ohio

Akron in the fall hasn’t traditionally been one of America’s great scenic destinations, but that’s about to change this year when the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad begins service on its Fall Flyer through the mesmerizing landscape in Cuyahoga National Park. The two-hour, nonstop, round-trip ride will depart from Rockside on Saturdays and Akron on Sundays, taking passengers through the underrated leaf-peeping country that is northeast Ohio.

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