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Jump aboard one of the top 25 scenic railroads in America. If you believe we missed any outstanding scenic railroads in the US, please email us at so that we can consider whether or not they are worthy of being added to this list.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons


Alaska Alaska Railroad Anchorage
Alaska Hurricane Turn Talkeetna
Alaska McKinley Explorer Fairbanks
Alaska White Pass & Yukon Route Railway Skagway
Arizona Grand Canyon Railway Williams
Arizona Verde Canyon Railroad Clarkdale
California Napa Valley Wine Train Napa
California Roaring Camp Railroads Santa Cruz
California Skunk Train Fort Bragg
Colorado Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Durango
Colorado Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad Leadville
Colorado Pikes Peak Cog Railway Manitou Springs
Colorado Royal Gorge Route Railroad Canon City
Connecticut Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Essex
Delaware Wilmington and Western Railroad Wilmington
Idaho Thunder Mountain Line Horseshoe Bend
Kentucky Big South Fork Scenic Railroad Stearns
New Hampshire Mount Washington Cog Railway, The Bretton Woods
New Mexico Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Chama
Pennsylvania Strasburg Rail Road Strasburg
West Virginia Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Cass
West Virginia Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad Durbin
West Virginia New Tygart Flyer Elkins
West Virginia Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad Romney
Wisconsin Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway Osceola



Here are a list of other great scenic railroads in the United States that we considered for the top 25 list above. If you think there are any other scenic railroads worth of considering for either list this list of the top 25 list above, please email me at

Arkansas Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Springdale
Arkansas Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway Eureka Springs
California Niles Canyon Railway Fremont
California Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Fish Camp
Colorado Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad Cripple Creek
Colorado Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad Georgetown
Colorado Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Alamosa
Florida Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Dinner Train Fort Myers
Georgia Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Blue Ridge
Illinois Illinois Railway Museum Union
Indiana French Lick Scenic Railway French Lick
Iowa Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad  Boone
Maryland Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Cumberland
Michigan Huckleberry Railroad Flint
Montana Charlie Russell Chew Choo Dinner Train Lewistown
Nevada Virginia & Truckee Railroad Virginia City
New Hampshire Café Lafayette Dinner Train Lincoln
New Hampshire Conway Scenic Railroad North Conway
New Hampshire Hobo Railroad Lincoln
New Jersey Delaware River Railroad Excursions Phillipsburg
New York Adirondack Scenic Railroad Utica
New York Saratoga and North Creek Railway Saratoga Springs
North Carolina Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Bryson City
North Carolina Tweetsie Railroad Blowing Rock
Ohio Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Peninsula
Oregon Mount Hood Railroad Hood River
Oregon Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Garibaldi
Oregon Sumpter Valley Railway Baker City
Pennsylvania Johnstown Inclined Plane Johnstown
Pennsylvania Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway Jim Thorpe
Pennsylvania Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad Titusville
Pennsylvania West Chester Railroad West Chester
South Dakota 1880 Train / Black Hills Central Railroad Keystone
Tennessee Tennessee Valley Railroad ("TVR") Chattanooga
Texas Austin Steam Train Cedar Park
Texas Grapevine Vintage Railroad Grapevine
Texas Texas State Railroad Rusk
Utah Heber Valley Railroad Heber City
Wisconsin Great Northern Train Ride Spooner
Wisconsin Riverside and Great Northern Railway Wisconsin Dells

Glenwood Hot Springs
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire

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