Five Scenic Fall Train Rides in Wisconsin

Winding through the wooded landscape of Wisconsin as a passenger on one of Wisconsin’s trains in the autumn is the perfect way to experience the stunning fall foliage. As the leaves transform into brilliant hues of reds, oranges and gold, you won’t miss a beat as you pair your trip in the vintage cars with the magnificent sights of the season. All aboard for fall color tours on these Wisconsin railways! Stay in the know by subscribing to our Fall Color Report to learn when the leaves are changing. 

Lumberjack Steam Train Fall Festival – Laona

This celebration of fall rings in the season with plenty of fun for the whole family. The beautiful colors of northern Wisconsin paint the way for this vintage late 1800s lumberjack steam train. After peering out the windows at the changing leaves, enjoy the other activities of the festival including face painting for kids, pumpkin patch, marshmallow roast and fresh apple cider.

Mid-Continental Steam Train Autumn Color Tours – North Freedom

All aboard a turn-of-the-century steam train for a journey through the scenic Baraboo River Valley. The rides aboard the vintage cars built in 1915 last around 55 minutes and travel the historic former Chicago and North Western rail line. The unspoiled journey through the rural countryside painted beautiful shades of ruby, orange and yellow is sure to deliver a ride your family won’t soon forget.

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway Fall Color Train Rides – Osceola

Vintage steam and diesel passenger trains re-create the experience of rail passenger service of the 1940s and 50s. Traveling from Osceola to Marine, MN on the St. Croix, the ride along the stunning St. Croix River displays beautiful fall colors. This 90-minute roundtrip offers unique views of the area’s famous beauty. 

Riverside & Great Northern Railway – Wisconsin Dells

Fall is the perfect season to visit the Riverside & Great Northern Railway. The trips through the wooded scenery lining the railroad’s historic right-of-way are even more stunning during the autumn as the trees are ablaze with fall foliage. The special October Pumpkin Trains also include the gift of pumpkins for the youngsters. Fall fun for the whole family—now departing!

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Excursion Train – Spooner

Enjoy fall’s stunning foliage by train aboard one of the many different rides offered by the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad. The sightseeing excursion travels along Highway 53 and leads to a scenic overlook of the Namekagon River only reachable by train or canoe. Hungry? The kids will love the opportunity to take in sights of the changing leaves while they eat pizza provided by Tony’s Riverside on the Family Pizza Train ride.

Looking to get off the rails and onto the highway, check out these 11 Scenic Drives in Wisconsin.

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