North Carolina will be soon be painted with gorgeous red, orange, and yellow hues and you can experience them up close starting this month. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers an autumn train ride through the Tar Heel State that will take your breath away. This stunning journey is bursting with dreamy colors that will make you fall in love with fall all over again. 

From September 26, 2020, to October 31, 2020, you can take the Nantahala Gorge Excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for an amazing autumn adventure. You'll be enveloped by the rolling hills and multicolored leaves.

This roundtrip journey departs at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and lasts four and a half hours. You'll ride over gigantic bridges and lakes and cruise by the beautiful Nantahala River. In no time, you'll be totally dazzled by the picturesque landscape.

While you're chugging along these winding tracks, you'll feel like you're on the Hogwarts Express headed back to school. Embrace the magic of the trip and bring a copy of your favorite Harry Potter book along for the ride. 

Snuggle up with a blanket at a window seat and drink in the sweeping views. All you need now is a good book and a hot drink to make this the ultimate fall outing. You won't believe how enchanting the Tar Heel State can be this time of year. 

The journey includes a one-hour layover in the Nantahala Gorge when you can stretch your legs and enjoy the cozy sounds and scents of the season. Relax beneath the rustling leaves while you await the next leg of your trip. 

Board a train this fall and experience everything this pretty season has to offer. You'll feel like you've stepped into a real-life storybook as you soak up these unbelievable sights. 

The Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Price: Varies by seating, check here

When: September 26 to October 31, departures at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Address: 18 Fry St., Bryson City, NC

Why You Need To Go: Don't miss this year's fall excursion through North Carolina. You'll be immersed in the autumn magic!


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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