A fall foliage train tour is a leisurely, old-fashioned way to experience the beauty of autumn in New England. Here is your guide to scenic fall train tours in the New England states.
Conway Scenic Railroad
New Hampshire's White Mountains are one of the best places to see autumn's vibrant colors. Conway Scenic Railroad's Notch Train takes passengers on a five-hour tour of some of New Hampshire's most spectacular fall scenery as it chugs through Crawford Notch, following a historic route first traversed by trains more than 130 years ago. If you prefer a shorter train trip, opt for the 55-minute or 1-3/4-hour Valley Train tours, which provide colorful views of mountains and countryside en route from North Conway to either Conway or Bartlett.
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
You'll have foliage views from rail and river when you depart from Essex, Connecticut, on a nostalgic journey that takes you first by train through wooded terrain and then out on the water to see the forested banks of the Connecticut River displaying their autumn hues. Reserve in advance for these popular trips. Other rail adventures include a dinner train and the Haddam Special, which offers passengers time to dine and shop in historic riverside towns.
Mt. Washington Cog Railway
For more than 145 years, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway has taken tourists to the top of New England. This amazing train climbs a steep, 3.1-mile trestle to the top of Mount Washington, New England's tallest peak. You'll enjoy sweeping views of New Hampshire's autumn glory as you make your ascent, and you may even see snow when you reach the summit.
Hoosac Valley Train Rides
Scenic rail adventures have returned to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Climb aboard a vintage Budd Rail Diesel Car and enjoy the autumn views of Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Range.
Cape Cod Central Railroad
Watch the cranberry bogs go by on a scenic train trip from Hyannis, Massachusetts, to the Cape Cod Canal. This rail tour operator also offers brunch, luncheon and dinner train trips on select fall dates.
Green Mountain Railroad
Embark on a nostalgic journey through the Vermont countryside during the luminous fall foliage season. Green Mountain Railroad operates one vintage train departing from Chester Depot. The schedule of fall foliage tour dates offers plenty of options, so check available dates and reserve your seats online.
Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads
You'll have a tough time choosing between these two scenic foliage trains that enchant New Hampshire leaf peepers each autumn. The Hobo Railroad makes 80-minute trips along the Pemigewasett River. The Winnipesaukee train provides memorable views of colorful trees reflecting in the state's largest lake on one-hour excursions. If you really want to immerse yourself in the railroad experience, there are also luncheon tour options and a fall foliage lakeside turkey dinner train operates on select Saturday evenings in the fall.
Depart from the historic 1881 train station in Thomaston, Connecticut, on a scenic, 1-1/4-hour rail ride aboard a 1920s-era coach. You'll enjoy fall foliage views as you travel along the Naugatuck River, through pristine Mattatuck Forest and high above the Thomaston Dam. Pumpkin Patch Train rides are available in October.