Travel through the spectacular fall foliage of the Allegheny & Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Maryland by train.
About the Tour
Travel through the birthplace of American railroading on this 9-day autumn adventure. The dazzling fall foliage will amaze you as you travel through colorful vistas onboard four scenic rail excursions.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is one of the oldest railroads in the United States and the first common carrier railroad. Start off with time in Baltimore, which includes a city tour and visits to the B&O Railroad Museum and U.S. Naval Academy. Then settle into Canaan State Park in Davis, West Virginia, for a two-night stay. You'll enjoy rides on a variety of trains that take you through the mountain wilderness for tranquil, scenic views. Stop at the Green Bank Observatory, home to the largest fully-steerable telescope in the world, and later enjoy a great dinner and musical revue.
Then it's on to White Sulphur Springs for a stay at the luxurious and historic Greenbrier Resort. Our fall foliage travels end with a visit to the amazing New River Gorge before boarding Amtrak’s Cardinal for the trip to Chicago.
- You don’t mind spending the day on your feet. You enjoy sightseeing that includes walking, standing or stair climbing. You’re okay with longer days that are more active, such as multiple sightseeing stops, longer motorcoach journeys and getting on and off ships and trains.
- Rail travel on Amtrak (1 night on train)
- Four scenic rail excursions: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, New Tygart Flyer, Cass Scenic Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights, including 1 night at the Greenbrier Resort
- 14 meals
- Meals on the train included when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
- Baltimore city tour
- B & O Railroad Museum visit
- U.S. Naval Academy tour
- Greenbank Observatory visit
- The Greenbrier Resort Bunker
- New River Gorge excursion
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
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Day 1 – Arrive BaltimoreArrive in Baltimore and transfer on your own to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent exploring Charm City on your own. Meet your tour manager and fellow travelers this evening for a short briefing before heading out for dinner on your own at a local restaurant or Brew Pub. Overnight Baltimore, MD.
Day 2 – Baltimore City Tour / B&O Railroad Museum / U.S. Naval AcademyStart your day with a city tour of Baltimore, which includes a stop at the Fort McHenry National Monument, which marks the site of a major battle in the War of 1812. Then visit the B&O Railroad Museum for a self-guided tour of the most comprehensive collection of American railroad artifacts in the world. After lunch on your own, we visit the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, for a walking tour of the campus, including Lejeune Hall and Tecumseh Court. Overnight Baltimore, MD. (B, D)
Day 3 – Western Maryland Scenic RailroadTravel to Cumberland, MD, for a ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Enjoy a fall train excursion through “the Narrows” and into the heart of beautiful mountain scenery. Afterward, take a motorcoach to Davis, WV, with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Davis, WV. (B, L)
Day 4 – Potomac Eagle Scenic RailroadThis morning is at leisure in Canaan State Park. This afternoon, enjoy an excursion on the historic Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad through the Trough, a striking gorge of the Potomac River, to Sycamore Bridge. We return to Davis with the evening at leisure. Overnight Davis, WV. (B, L)
Day 5 – New Tygart FlyerA mountain rail adventure awaits on the vintage, diesel-powered New Tygart Flyer. Our excursion along the Cheat River culminates at the High Falls of Cheat, an incredible waterfall located in one of the most remote and tranquil settings. Get a taste of West Virginia tonight at the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre. Overnight Elkins, WV. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Cass Scenic RailroadStart the day with a visit to the Green Bank Observatory, home to the largest fully-steerable telescope in the world. Learn about scientific advancements in the study of celestial objects. Then, board the refurbished logging cars of the Cass Scenic Railroad for the trip to Bald Knob, one of the highest points in West Virginia with unmatched views. Overnight Elkins, WV. (B, L)
Day 7 – The Greenbrier ResortJourney through the colorful Monongahela National Forest to White Sulphur Springs, the home of the Greenbrier Resort. Embark on a docent-led tour of the now-declassified secret bunker built underneath the hotel in 1958 for the possible evacuation of the President, Senate and House of Representatives if war broke out during the Cold War. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the resort’s amenities, ranging from a mineral spa and falconry to games of chance in the casino. Overnight White Sulphur Springs, WV. (B, D)
Day 8 – New River GorgeNo trip to southern West Virginia is complete without a visit to the New River Gorge. After a leisurely morning at the resort, we’re off to Hawks Nest State Park for scenic views of the stunning New River Gorge National River and the imposing steel arch New River Gorge Bridge from clifftop overlooks. This evening, we travel to Prince, WV, and board Amtrak’s Cardinal for the overnight trip west to Chicago. Overnight train. (B)
Day 9 – Tour ConclusionThe Cardinal is scheduled to arrive in Chicago Union Station this morning, where your historic train tour concludes.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Enjoy an excursion on a restored diesel locomotive—a GP30 built in the 1960s. This tour includes a narrator to provide you with interesting historical facts and significant cultural locations along the route to Mountain View. Relax on bench-style seats that invite conversation and visit the cash snack bar when hunger strikes.
Cass Scenic Railroad
Ride the line that was built in 1901 to haul lumber as you hop onboard a former logging flat-car that has been refurbished into a passenger car. The powerful Shay steam trains were designed to travel steep mountains. With direct gearing to each wheel, these historic trains are built to negotiate twisting mountain grades. Your ticket includes admission to:
- Cass Showcase
- The Railroad and Logging History Museum
- Cass Historical Museum featuring the Kyle J. "Catty" Neighbors Logging Collection
- Logging Camp Tour
- Interpretative activities as available including maintenance shop tours!
Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
This shortline tourist train travel the 52-mile route between Green Spring and Petersburg. Features of the train include one to two open-air cars. Keep an eye out for the highlight of any journey on this train: eagles.
New Tygart Flyer
This vintage diesel-powered train travels a 46-mile roundtrip route through the mountains of West Virginia between Elkins to High Falls.
Choose from Reserved Coach Seat, Business Class or Viewliner Bedroom accommodations on this rail that travels between New York and Chicago. You can enjoy a sit-down meal or grab a snack on your seat as you watch the scenery whiz by your window.
Hotels include Royal Sonesta Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD; Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan State Park, Davis, WV; Holiday Inn Express, Elkins, WV; and, The Greebrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV.