Five Exciting Train Rides to Take This Summer

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, June 19, 2014

You’ve probably traveled by car, plane, and maybe even by boat, but have you explored the countryside by train? You can see some of the most scenic areas of America through a large train window. Your trip can even be planned around destinations and themes for a truly unique experience. We’ve found five exciting train rides that will help you see the nation from a different perspective.

Steam Into History

Book your hotel in York, Pennsylvania, and relive Civil War railroad history. The Steam Into History began operating in 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. This replica of a Civil War steam locomotive rides along the same tracks that carried Abraham Lincoln. There are two different ride options you can choose: the Glen Rock excursion runs for one hour, and the Hanover Junction ride is two-and-a-half hours long.

Gettysburg Train Station Photo by Flickr user RyanCrierie

Long Island Railroad Hampton Express

Get an equal dose of city and country when you book the Hampton Express on New York’s Long Island Railroad. This one-day getaway will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches, superb shopping, and tasty seafood restaurants in the area. Book the Montauk Branch Service if you’re seeking something a little more laid back. Montauk boasts miles of nature trails, old lighthouses, and beaches. Stay at one of our New York City area hotels for the perfect mix of city and country this summer.

Fillmore & Weston Railway

Start with a beach vacation at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ventura, and then drive up Highway 126 to historic Fillmore to ride the Fillmore & Western Railway. Their passenger coach and dinner cars date back to the 1930s and 1940s. You can take a scenic ride for breathtaking views of Mountain San Cayetano and the Topa Topa Mountains or book a more interactive trip on the Murder Mystery lunch train ride.

The Penn Line

Just an hour train ride separates Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. You can explore Mount Vernon, harbor-front shops, restaurants, and the National Aquarium. Depending on what attractions interest you the most, you’ll take the train from Penn Station or Camden Station in Baltimore to Union Station in the capital city. We look forward to checking you in with a cookie and a smile at any of our Washington, D.C., or Baltimore hotels.

1880 Train

Your jaw may be on the train floor as the majestic Black Hills roll past your wide train window for over two hours. The 1880 Train ride is narrated by a host that will point out areas of interest. Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, woodchucks, mallard ducks, and cottontail rabbits. Climb aboard at the Hill City Station, which is a short drive from our Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City in South Dakota.

Black Hills train Photo by Flickr user Drew Jacksich

Take the path less traveled and book a train ride to explore this beautiful country. Whether it’s booking a dinner tour or a scenic ride to a bustling city, we hope you enjoy your exciting railroad adventure.  All aboard, and let the journey begin!