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5 Beautiful Train Rides in NC   Travel by Car/Bus/Trains/RV

Started May-11 by Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 824 views.

5 Beautiful Train Rides in North Carolina Through Quaint Towns, Vibrant Cities, and the Blue Ridge Mountains

There’s something classic and timeless about taking a train trip. For some, it’s a daily part of their commute, but for others, it’s an invitation to embark on an adventure back in time. If your travels are bringing you to the Tar Heel State, these train rides offer a unique view of the iconic Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as themed holiday experiences. Here's a guide to the best train rides in North Carolina that you (and the whole family) won’t want to miss.


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad


Nestled in Bryson City, roughly a one-hour drive from Asheville, is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takeoff station. There are two train types — an old-fashioned steam-powered locomotive and a more modern diesel option — as well as several routes varying in distance, time, and theme, though all provide a scenic experience.


One of the most popular trips is the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, a 4.5-hour round-trip journey offering a pit stop to soak in the mountaintop views. Or, you can hop aboard the Tuckasegee River Excursion, a four-hour trek that includes a stop in a small historic town for some quick shopping. 

Locals and tourists alike swarm to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for its special Polar Express train during the holidays, which includes cookies, hot cocoa, and a Santa sighting, as well as encourages passengers of all ages to wear their pajamas while on board. Couples can enjoy dinners with a wine pairing, a Carolina moonshine tasting, a murder mystery party, and other themed rides that make for a fun date night.

Ticket prices range based on age and class of service, including first class, premium open-air gondola, coach plus, crown, and coach class. Prices start at $58 for adults and $33 for kids ages two to 12. 

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krathyn1 (Phantom7031)

North Carolina is a beautiful state.
A murder mystery party? Sounds like something out of a book!

It sure is. 

It does sound fun!

krathyn1 (Phantom7031)

So do many of the adventures described in this forum

krathyn1 (Phantom7031)

it's fun to visit this forum whether or not I post to anything.

krathyn1 (Phantom7031)

nice to think about places to go, even if I don't actually go there.

Same here, it's all so interesting.

krathyn1 (Phantom7031)

we have fun in our imagination.