Beginning in Newport, WA, this scenic train ride will take you on an adventure you’re sure to remember. From August through the end of October you can take a ride along the Pend Oreille River. (Pronounced Pawn Dor-ay – it’s French).
And speaking of the French, on your tour you’ll be following the “same route Native Americans followed and lived along for millennia. We’ll trace the footsteps and paddle strokes of early French couriers d’bois.” You’ll learn more about the Klondike gold rush, loggers, miners, homesteaders and even the outlaws that lived in the area.
There are two different train rides you can choose from, each about twenty-four miles long. The second train ride is called the Excursion Train, which uses three “classic railroad coaches, three open-air cars, and one caboose.” For one and a half hours you’ll ride along the river, and be able to soak in the beautiful views. Maybe you’ll even spot an eagle! Or elk! Or a moose! So, keep your camera at the ready.
To find more information about the dates the trains run, click here. It is advised that you book tickets around a month in advance as they do sell quickly, but you can also buy them at the beginning of the ride. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors(65+), $15 for 2- 12 year-olds, and children under two ride for free!
Pets are not allowed on the train ride, and on their website they state the parking area is also not shaded, so it’s best to leave your furriest family member at home. The trains are handicap accessible as well. On the station grounds you’ll be able to buy a hamburger, or hotdog, but you’re also more than welcome to bring your own snack/ meal for this 90-minute train ride.
Open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, this is a fairly flexible activity for the entire family. Once you’re finished on the ride, make sure to check out the number of dining options, or head to the Oldtown.
For more FAQ, head on over to this handy link.
Or to make a reservation, click here.