You’re never too old to ride the rails. To help you discover (and explore) a few awesome engines, we tracked down the best train museums from coast to coast. Whether you’re a big buff or a little buff, these historic sites, antique collections, and interactive exhibits will keep you clickety-clacking down the track. Flip through the album to see them all.

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum – Bryson City, Nc

Take a relaxing day trip through the lush hills of western North Carolina before hitting the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum in Bryson City. Admission is free when you book passage on the Tuckasegee River or the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, two half-day trips through some of the prettiest countryside around.

Insider Tip: We love the special trains that run on these lines: The Solar Eclipse Train Ride, the Wizard of Oz™ Train Ride, the Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and more.


photo: Smoky Mountain Train Museum via Facebook


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— Allison Sutcliffe