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10 Fall Foliage Train Rides You Need to Add to Your Seasonal Bucket List ASAP

Country Living Logo By Blair Donovan, Arricca SanSone of Country Living | Slide 1 of 11: Looking for a low-key way to enjoy the vivid shades of autumn and get primo leaf-peeping views this year? Instead of taking a neighborhood stroll or a drive down an open country road, consider alternate transportation for getting even more head-on with the color-changing nature—specifically, a fall foliage train ride. It's a stress-free, family-friendly experience that allows you to focus on Mother Nature's colors, rather than fidgeting with your GPS. From coast to coast, you’ll find steam engine routes that speed through scenic mountain ranges, alongside rivers, and even not far above some wild animals, all for your leisurely viewing pleasure. Some trains offer box lunches and snacks or catered fine dining, while others let you bring your own food. There's often historical commentary by guides on the vintage train routes, and some excursions stop for layovers in small towns where you can shop or grab a bite. A few things to remember: Reservations fill up fast, especially for peak leaf-scouting season. Typically, cars are assigned but seats are not, so arrive early. And some cars are open-air, so dress accordingly. Here are some of our favorite scenic train rides to view fall's glorious colors across the country.

Looking for a low-key way to enjoy the vivid shades of autumn and get primo leaf-peeping views this year? Instead of taking a neighborhood stroll or a drive down an open country road, consider alternate transportation for getting even more head-on with the color-changing nature—specifically, a fall foliage train ride. It's a stress-free, family-friendly experience that allows you to focus on Mother Nature's colors, rather than fidgeting with your GPS. From coast to coast, you’ll find steam engine routes that speed through scenic mountain ranges, alongside rivers, and even not far above some wild animals, all for your leisurely viewing pleasure. Some trains offer box lunches and snacks or catered fine dining, while others let you bring your own food. There's often historical commentary by guides on the vintage train routes, and some excursions stop for layovers in small towns where you can shop or grab a bite. A few things to remember: Reservations fill up fast, especially for peak leaf-scouting season. Typically, cars are assigned but seats are not, so arrive early. And some cars are open-air, so dress accordingly. Here are some of our favorite scenic train rides to view fall's glorious colors across the country.

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