Off Route 302Bretton Woods, NH, 03589Phone: 603-278-5404Toll-Free: 800-922-8825
You’ll learn a little history and take some amazing pictures when you travel this cog railroad
When you hear the deep hum of a biodiesel engine or see a blast of smoke from a steam engine, you’ll know your trip up Mt. Washington aboard the historic Cog Railway is about to begin. Knowledgeable and entertaining engineers and brakemen and brakewomen will answer questions as you chug up the Northeast’s highest peak, passing through forests, by wildlife and ravines and through three climate zones until you reach the summit. Included in the thrilling ride is Jacob’s Ladder, the steepest railroad trestle in the world. A museum at the base station and a visitor center at the summit provide history about the 152-year-old railway, the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, as well as an interactive weather exhibit. Trains run from late April through November.
3 Crossing at RiverplaceNorth Woodstock, NH, 03262Phone: 603-745-3500
Travel by rail back to a more romantic, relaxing era as you dine on exceptional cuisine
Board the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train and you will find yourself time-traveling into the past. As you sit at elegant tables in the lovingly restored vintage rail cars, you’ll enjoy unique views of the Pemigewasset River Valley. The two-hour, 20-mile round trip from the North Woodstock station takes you through woods, over three trestle bridges, through the “jack-o-lantern” golf course and Christmas tree farm. But it’s not just the scenery that’s spectacular: You’ll be enjoying the seasonal offerings of a five-course gourmet dinner, from delectable appetizers through to fresh-made dessert confections, as the train rolls gently through the valley. Period music and exemplary service will help take you back to a more romantic, relaxing time.
Go back in time aboard the vintage passenger cars on this scenic railroad
Passengers aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad trains have a choice of excursions, all of which provide panoramic views of some of the White Mountains region’s most scenic areas. The Mountaineer takes you on 1950s-era streamlined passenger cars past vistas of rocky outcrops around Crawford Notch. Ask about traveling premium class in an art deco-styled dome car with panoramic views. The Conway and Sawyer River Valley Trains feature vintage railroad passenger cars from the 1920s and a leisurely trip through fields and forests. Your journey begins at the iconic Russian Revival-style station, built in 1874, in North Conway Village. For winter travel, check the website for information about the special Snow Train that travels round trip to Attitash!