Hop on board a leaf peeper express
Conway Scenic Railroad's Notch Train traveling near Elephants Head in Crawford Notch.
Conway Scenic Railroad's Notch Train
It's said that you can see some of the most dramatic scenery in the East on Conway Scenic Railroad's Notch Train — panoramic mountain views, steep ravines, sheer bluffs and cascading brooks and streams.
It's beautiful any time of the year, but the route through Crawford Notch is spectacular during fall foliage season.
People have been enjoying the ride for more than a century. The track was laid through the rugged landscape in the 1870's; its construction is considered a remarkable engineering achievement.
Catch the train at the Conway Scenic Railroad station in North Conway Village and travel to Crawford (50 miles in five hours) and Fabyan (60 miles in five and a half hours, fall only) stations, all the while listening to live commentary about the history and folklore of the railroad, the area and points of interest.
A first-class package will get you a three-course luncheon in the dining car, the Hattie Evans.
For pricing, dates and departure times, visit conwayscenic.com/notch-train-fares
For more information about the Notch Train, visit conwayscenic.com/notch-train.
Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world's first mountain climbing cog train, ascends to the 6,288 foot summit of the highest peak in the Northeast amongst a backdrop of fall foliage, leaving Marshfield Base Station behind.
For another unique experience, consider viewing fall's splendor atop Mount Washington by taking the Cog Railway to the top of the mountain. On a clear day, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Canada and even the Atlantic Ocean from the summit.
The roundtrip takes about 3 hours, including a 1-hour visit atop the mountain, and trains depart daily from the base station. Depending on the day, there are between two and ten train departures with a fleet of six steam and four biodiesel trains.
For pricing, dates and departure times, visit thecog.com/schedule_rates.php
For a look at the history and technology of The Cog, visit thecog.com/cog_technology.php
Fun fact: The Mount Washington Cog Railway was the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world and is a National Historic Engineering Landmark.