Autumn drives through the mountains are a time-honored New England tradition. But the passengers get to admire the spectacular fall foliage more than the drivers, who must pay attention to the ups, downs, and hairpin curves, as well as watch for bears that might wander onto the road. And don’t even talk about the traffic! Just ask anyone who has driven New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway on a sunny late-September weekend.
So why not do as vacationers in the past once did: board a restored vintage rail car for a trip that showcases much of the same autumn scenery that admirers have soaked up for generations. Here are 4 fall-foliage train rides that everyone will enjoy.