The Strasburg Railroad dates back to 1832 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lancaster County. Riders are treated to a 45-minute round-trip ride from the East Strasburg Station to Paradise, Pennsylvania, passing through the heart of Amish country. The Strasburg Railroad offers a variety of riding options and has a dining car for lunch, dinner or meals with live entertainment.
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
One of the most scenic train tours in Pennsylvania -- especially in the fall -- is aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, located in Jim Thorpe. The area is called the Switzerland of America for its steep hillsides, narrow roads and breathtaking scenery along the Lehigh River. The train's old-style passenger coaches date from the 1920s. The tour lasts about one hour, round trip, and covers 16 miles on the former main line of the Jersey Central Lines.
Pennsylvania's coal heritage and railroad roots are combined at this popular tourist destination. Visitors can go beneath the ground to explore a real coal mine. The 3/4-mile-long ride weaves along the side of Mahanoy Mountain on narrow-gauge track and lasts about 30 minutes. The Pioneer Tunnel offers a special price for admission to both attractions.
Along with its rich history in coal and steel, Pennsylvania also has railroad roots. In fact, two properties on the Monopoly Board pay tribute to the state's train heritage -- the Reading and Pennsylvania railroads. Today, visitors can enjoy scenic railroad tours across the state.