New York Scenic Train Rides

Hop Aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Arcade & Attica Railroad & More

Sit back, relax, and take in the views. Scenic train rides in New York will take you on adventures through some of our most stunning landscapes!

Restored historic trains bring you close to scenic views and make stops in mountain villages like Lake Placid, North Creek and Roxbury. Several stop at rail museums like the Empire State Railway Museum at the Phoenicia depot in the Catskills.


Some scenic train rides offer open-air cars, especially popular during New York’s splendid fall foliage season. Many trips have special themes like reenactments of train robberies or military history, beer and wine tasting, gourmet dining excursions, leaf peeping rides and haunted Halloween trains. Hop aboard holiday trains for visits with the Easter Bunny and magical trips to see Santa Claus at the North Pole.

The Catskill Mountain Railroad runs along beautiful Esopus Creek, famed for trout fishing. Along with mountain vistas, you might spot bald eagles, great blue herons, hawks and deer along its banks. Take a twilight ride on the Delaware & Ulster or travel back to the Golden Age of railroading on a fine dining excursion aboard their elegant Rip Van Winkle Flyer.


The historic Adirondack Scenic Railroad travels through the magnificent beauty of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. Watch for birds and other wildlife outside your window. Scenic excursions depart from Old Forge, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid in the Adirondacks, as well as Utica's Union Station in Central New York.

Ride into history and beautiful scenery on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad in Central New York. Special train events throughout the year include the Easter Bunny Express, Blues Express, Halloween Ride, and Christmas Lights Train.


The Arcade & Attica scenic railways in Western New York features open-air cars and themed trips like wine tastings and holiday celebrations. Passengers board at the Medina Railroad Museum for leisurely excursions along the scenic Erie Canal in vintage 1947 Budd passenger coaches.

The new Saratoga & North Creek Railway’s Snow Train runs along the Hudson River from Saratoga Springs to the Adirondacks for skiing at Gore Mountain on weekends, January through March. The extended service to Saratoga enables a connection with Amtrak’s national rail network. During the holiday season the vintage Polar Express rolls out of Saratoga station bound for the “North Pole!” In Central New York, families can board the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Polar Express at Utica’s Union Station, weekends in November and December.

All aboard!

Related Sites:

The Railroad Network  


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