As we enter a completely new decade, it's time to switch up some things in your life, including how you travel. Say goodbye to gas-guzzling road trips that put some major wear and tear on your car when there's an even better option out there. This North Carolina train ride in the mountains offers up some seriously insane views to an even more beautiful destination. All you have to do it sit back and enjoy the ride. 

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers an incomparable experience with their round-trip day trips to two of North Carolina's treasures. While you can choose from two destinations, the ride there might be the most memorable part of the experience. 

The Nantahala Gorge Excursion takes you on a 4.5-hour journey to the Nantahala Gorge and you'll be surrounded by bodies of water every step of the way. Glance out your window and you'll catch some crystal clear views of the Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers from your largescale windows.

It's more than just a train ride because there's one hour of downtime to explore the gorge and kick your feet up by the river. 

If you're more of a countryside person, you can opt for the Tuckasegee River Excursion. This 4-hour excursion has way more countryside views, sprawling green fields, and a sneak peek of the movie set, The Fugitive

After you soak in all the views, you'll finally arrive in Dillsboro. This adorable small town has over 50 shops and restaurants that you can explore for 1.5 hours. 

There are several different classes to book your seat, but we suggest riding in the open-air gondola. This way, you'll have unobstructed views of all the natural wonders while being surrounding by the spring breeze. 

To top it all off, some tickets (including the gondola seats) even include lunch. Bar service is available too if you want to really turn your day up a notch. 

For more ways to amp up your travel plans this decade, consider booking these cheap tickets to Las Vegas and Miami.


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 

Price: $51+

Address: 45 Mitchell St., Bryson City, NC 

Why You Need To Go: Relaxing on a scenic train ride with a drink in hand is the perfect kick-off of spring. 



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