The railroad was one of the first great industries in American history, and although they are used less frequently today, trains remain an integral part of transportation. These days, many of us are more accustomed to rapid transit systems. However, the classic beauty of an old-fashioned train will never cease to astound all who experience it. There are still plenty of train rides in Washington and Oregon, and Christmas-themed routes are some of the best holiday festivities in the US. So while you’re getting into the Christmas spirit this fall, visit Carson Hot Springs for a vacation full of holiday cheer. Here are the most scenic train rides Oregon and Washington have to offer this holiday season.
Nearby Train Rides in Washington
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is a volunteer-run excursion railroad in Clark County, Washington. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive from Carson Hot Springs, but it’s worth the trip. Plus, you’ll see some gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery as you make your way to the station. Choose between a diesel or steam train, or try both of these train rides in Washington.
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad runs May through December, with Christmas Tree Special trains beginning at the end of November. The holiday package includes passage for four passengers and a tree, with three types of fir tree for you to choose from: Douglas, Noble, or Nordmann. The Steam Winter Finale also includes a visit from Santa Claus and refreshments. It’s a fun experience for families with children and a cute date for adults who enjoy holiday cheer.
Christmas Train, Oregon
One of the best parts of staying at Carson Hot Springs is our convenient and breathtaking location. We’re right along the Columbia River Gorge, so you’ll enjoy panoramic views the whole time you’re here. You’ll also enjoy easy access to train rides in Washington and Oregon—all of which have top-notch holiday festivities.
The closest train ride to us is actually the Mount Hood Railroad Christmas train in Oregon. It departs from Hood River, Oregon, which is just a short drive across the border. This 1.5-hour trip is one of the most scenic train rides Oregon has to offer due to its proximity to the awe-inspiring Columbia River, so your trip to Christmas Town will be exquisite. It’s full of music, sweet treats, and plenty of other holiday festivities!
Holiday Festivities at Carson Hot Springs
After soaking up the magic of scenic train rides in Washington, continue the holiday festivities with us here at Carson Hot Springs. Sip a cup of hot cocoa from the resort’s porch and enjoy a healing mineral soak in our spa. You’ll return home ready to start the new year with a cheerful, refreshed body and mind. Call 509-427-8296 to book your holiday vacation today!