This daily route through some of the nation’s best and most profuse foliage begins near the Canadian border in St. Albans, but you can pick it up at any of the 10 other Vermont stops and then ride it through seven other states to ultimately wind up in Washington, DC if you wish. Stop in Montpelier to see where maple syrup is made at a sugar shack, or hop off in Waterbury to visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where you can snag a hot, fresh-baked cider doughnut off the bakery treadmill. Along the way, enjoy views of charming towns nestled in the wooded hills of the Green Mountain State.
Autumn’s a time for slowing down – and what better way to appreciate the coming of winter than indulging in a train ride through the beautiful landscape of leaves that have given up their green to turn brilliant red, yellow and orange? For many, a fall foliage train ride in the US is an annual pastime to mark the changing of the seasons (just make sure you time it right with this fall foliage map).
It’s nice to sit back while someone else does the driving and fall into a reverie while watching the foliage go by. Many fall foliage train rides include wine or a meal (or feel free to board with your own pumpkin spice latté or other fall treat). Some of these railways offer specially themed foliage rides; others just happen to ride through some of the best fall foliage in the US. Here are a few of our favorite foliage train rides throughout the US. We hope you will choo-choose one (apologies to Lisa Simpson for stealing her joke).
Are trains really not your thing? Shift gears to a fall foliage road trip.