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Adirondack Scenic Railroad Train Trips

  • Published: 2015-09-25 : Author: Adirondack Preservation Society : Contact:
  • Synopsis: News, information and coming special trip events on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is proud to announce that it has received national ranking as one of the top 12 train trips in the country by Fodor's Travel in the August/September edition of AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine ( The American Association of Retired People (AARP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families and members such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. The organization advocates for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.

The Adirondack Mountains form a massif in the northeast of Upstate New York in the United States. Its boundaries correspond to the boundaries of Adirondack Park. The mountains form a roughly circular dome, about 160 miles (260 km) in diameter and about 1 mile (1,600 m) high. They are heavily forested, and contain one of the southernmost distribution taiga in North America. The forests of the Adirondacks include spruce, pine and deciduous trees. Lumbering, once an important industry, has been much restricted by the creation of the park.

"Though it is often not the most expeditious means of travel, train rides are as much about what you see along the way as where you're going," stated Abby Chase of Fodor's Travel, division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Listed as #6 on the list, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad offers an exceptional value with the Fall Foliage trains, offering what was described as "the perfect opportunity to experience some of the best foliage across the US."

"The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is exceptionally pleased to be included and honored by AARP in this way. The Adirondack fall foliage is some of the most spectacular in the country, riding a train you can sit back, talk with friends and family while enjoying stunning views. The Railroad is a piece of New York history and provides a nostalgic, relaxing experience for people from all walks of life," stated Bethan Maher, Executive Director for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

The Adirondack's Scenic Railroad's popular Fall Foliage trains have just begun to run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with departures from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station just outside Old Forge, and the Lake Placid Station. Go to for excursion details and to purchase tickets. Create memories and experience the colors of fall while traveling through the Adirondack Park with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

Travel Through the Colors of Fall in the North Country on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Fall Foliage Trains

Embrace the wonders of nature and the change of the season when you ride one of our Fall Foliage Trains. These popular excursions depart our Utica, Thendara, and Lake Placid stations mid-September through mid-October. You will experience exceptional opportunities to view some of the most breathtaking autumn displays of color found in the Adirondacks. Enjoy this railway experience riding in one of our coaches or an open air car where photos can be easily taken. The brilliant foliage, rivers and streams along with a glimpse of wildlife will make this adventure a picturesque memory for all ages.

Trains depart from all of our stations throughout the day, Wednesdays through Sundays. Departing from Utica's historic Union Station, you will travel in comfortable, climate-controlled coaches. And when you arrive in Thendara you can take the shuttle into Old Forge to enjoy a cruise on the Fulton Chain of Lakes with our Utica Rail & Cruise package. Our round trips from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake offer the choice of a 1 3/4 hour layover or 4 1/2 hour layover, giving you plenty of time to enjoy downtown Saranac Lake. Prior to departure we will provide a map with information on different stores, attractions, and eateries in downtown Saranac Lake.

Our round trips from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid offer the same relaxing journey with a 45 minute layover to enjoy the museum in the Lake Placid Station, full of information about the station and the Olympic events held in Lake Placid. Trips are disability accessible.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad Presents Family Halloween Trains

Come in costume and be ready to have some fun when you ride our Family Halloween Train round-trip departing from our Lake Placid Station on October 24th and 25th. Keep a look out for the ghosts, goblins, witches, and more that haunt our rails at this time of year. Your layover at the Saranac Lake Depot awaits with decorations and a Haunted House provided by Adirondack Park Paranormal Society. And don't forget to pick up your free ticket for the Adirondack Carousel ride. The Family Halloween Train departs ONLY from Lake Placid. This trip is disability accessible.

When departing from our Thendara Station, just outside Old Forge, you will travel north to Carter Station on the Pumpkin Train for a visit to Wally's pumpkin patch. Each child can pick one complimentary pumpkin from the patch. Come in costume and enjoy the fun on October 24th and 25th! This trip is disability accessible.

You may also enjoy a ghoulish excursion departing from our Holland Patent Depot on Saturday, October 31st. Put on your scariest costume and enjoy a spooky ride on our Family Halloween Train traveling round-trip to Remsen. Children in costume will receive one free pumpkin. It is important to note that this trip is not disability accessible.

The Adirondack Preservation Society operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, offering an authentic and unique experience with a ride on a heritage railroad through the six million acre Adirondack Park. This rail line has the ability to safely and predictably transport any individual without exception into the wilderness of upstate New York, affording every passenger the opportunity to view and enjoy Forever Wild spaces that are otherwise unreachable. Go to for full details on departures of all trains from each location, and to book your tickets, or call 1-800-819-2291.

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