Trains of West Virginia

History, Trains and Fall colors!

  • Date

    October 2-7, 2020 | Fri / Wed – 6 Days

  • Location

    Davis | Elkins | Cass | Durbin | Romney | Weston | Blackwater Falls State Park

Overview

Toot! Toot! Calling all train fanatics, fall foliage enthusiasts, art lovers, and history buffs — don’t miss this exciting trip to the heart of West Virginia! Three unique trains will take you winding through unspoiled wilderness, deep canyons, and over bridges — passing high falls, vibrant foliage, and free flowing rivers.  Historic places, quaint towns, and talented performers and musicians beckon you to explore their home and culture. Relax at a mountain resort set amidst the gorgeous Allegheny Mountains, taking excursions to area attractions. Can’t you hear that whistle blowing? It’s time to ride the rails!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Take three unique train excursions:
    • New Tygart Flyer
    • Durbin Rocket
    • Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
  • Attend the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre
  • Visit Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
  • See Blackwater Falls State Park
  • View fall foliage in the Allegheny Mountains
  • Historical tour of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
  • Tour Adena Mansion & Gardens Historic Site

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

Fri, Oct 2: Depart Indianapolis via motorcoach and head to Davis, West Virginia. The trip today includes a stop at the Adena Mansion & Gardens Historic Site, located near Chillicothe, Ohio. Adena was the 2000-acre estate of Thomas Worthington, one of Ohio’s first United States Senators. The house is one of only three houses designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe that is still standing today. Tour the home and spend time exploring the gardens. Looking out from the mansion, you can see across the Logan Range, and this view was the inspiration for the Seal of the State of Ohio. Proceed to the Canaan Valley Resort, your home for the next five nights. Check in and enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow passengers. (Meal: Dinner)

Sat, Oct 3: Today following breakfast, depart for Elkins Depot to board the New Tygart Flyer. This restored vintage diesel-powered passenger train has gained a reputation as one of the most relaxing mountain wilderness excursions. The four-hour train ride features two separate mountain grades, an “S” curve tunnel, passage into a 1,500-foot deep canyon with steep, densely forested slopes, and a high bridge over the meandering Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. The trip culminates at the High Falls of Cheat, an 18-foot high, 150-foot wide waterfall located in one of the most remote and pristine settings in the region and includes an all-you-can-eat cold sandwich buffet. Following the train, enjoy a leisurely afternoon in Elkins before the evening fun begins at the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre. The scrumptious meal of down-home favorites is followed by a high-energy comedy and dynamic Branson-style music show with songs from the 50s to today, classic and contemporary Country, Motown, Gospel, and Patriotic ensembles. Return to the hotel following the show. (B,L,D)

Sun, Oct 4: A scenic drive through the Alleghany Mountains takes you to Cass. In the early 1960s a group of local businessmen convinced the West Virginia state legislature to make the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. In 2013, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park celebrated 50 years of service to the people of West Virginia and to their railroading history. A group lunch is included at the Last Run Restaurant, featured in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia’s “101 Unique Places to Dine” in 2015, followed by a tour and museum visit. Continue to Durbin and board the steam-powered Durbin Rocket. This 55-ton antique was built in 1910 for the Moore-Keppel Lumber Co. in nearby Randolph County. Ride in authentic 1920-era coaches and vintage wooden cabooses behind the rare, steam-powered locomotive Old #3 as she puffs and whistles along the free-flowing Greenbrier River in northern Pocahontas County. The two-hour ride offers many beautiful river and mountain views in the Monongahela National Forest. Return to the resort for an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Mon, Oct 5: Today’s adventure begins with a trip to Blackwater Falls State Park. View the Blackwater River Falls, one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia, as amber-colored waters plunge five stories, then twist and tumble through an eight-mile-long gorge. The “black” water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. After the tour, continue to Romney for a ride on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Enjoy a narrated excursion through a tranquil mountain valley, passing historic farms, lush mountain greenery, and unspoiled countryside. Experience “The Trough,” a spectacular narrow vale and sacred eastern home of our magnificent national symbol, the bald eagle. These majestic birds soar high above in their natural habitat, undisturbed by the low rumblings of the occasional train and the passengers who have come for a sighting. Don’t be surprised to see these superb flyers swooping overhead in pursuit of prey or gliding gently across the mountain skies. In the valley runs the South Branch of the Potomac River, and above, the high mountain walls and thick forest. Ride in comfort in one of the beautifully restored club cars, and enjoy lunch complimented with Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad china. (B,L)

Tue, Oct 6: Enjoy the day to explore the resort and beautiful surrounding area. Take a ride on the scenic chair lift at the resort. This afternoon, an optional excursion to nearby Smoke Hole Caverns is sure to excite. The caverns feature unique geological formations that are fascinating to see and historically significant to the area. Or, spend the day simply relaxing and taking advantage of the many amenities provided at the resort. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at The Smokehouse at Blackwater Falls. (B,D)

Wed, Oct 7: Depart for home, stopping along the way for a historical tour of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston. The lunatic asylum (closed in the mid-1990s) was constructed between 1858 and 1881, and is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America. The tour includes the Civil War section of the hospital. Return to Indianapolis in the evening. (B)

Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center, Davis, West Virginia. Nestled on a plateau overlooking the Canaan Valley, this four-season mountain resort offers sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. Indulge in the peace and tranquility of its beautiful Allegheny Mountains setting. Recently named among the “50 Great Places to Stay” in Washingtonian Magazine. Highlights: in-room kitchenette with coffee maker, mini-refrigerator, and microwave • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar/lounge • fitness center • indoor heated pool • outdoor pool • whirlpool • sauna • spa • tennis courts • gaming arcade • gift shops • 18-hole golf course.

Pricing

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P – $1,459
  • Triple P/P – $1,349
  • Single – $1,789

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

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