Day 1 — Arrivals in Baltimore
Gather with fellow travelers for introductions, orientation, and a welcome dinner this evening in Baltimore's Inner Harbor before we begin our East Cost Train Trip. Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 — Exploring Baltimore
On May 22, 1830, a horse-drawn Baltimore & Ohio train traveling 13 miles to Ellicott City began the first regular railroad passenger service in America. The Baltimore & Ohio collected locomotives and other artifacts of its history and in 1953 opened the B&O Museum, where our tour begins. In the afternoon we visit a few of the city's many active and former railroad stations; some of which are renowned architectural landmarks. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 — Amtrak's Cardinal to Clifton Forge, Virginia
At Baltimore Penn Station we board Amtrak's Cardinal for Clifton Forge, Virginia, by way of Washington and Charlottesville. The train crosses the Potomac River, passes through Virginia's rolling horse country, and crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley before climbing the Alleghenies. It's a short drive to our home for the next two nights at the Inn at Warm Springs, located across the street from the Jefferson Pools, the oldest spa structure in the United States dating back to 1761. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 — Cass Scenic Railroad State Park & Bald Knob
We spend today at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, home to the largest concentration of Shay gear-driven steam locomotives anywhere. From the town of Cass, elevation 2,438 feet, our train will ascend Back Allegheny Mountain to its summit at 4,843-foot Bald Knob, third highest peak in West Virginia. Take this evening to relax a bit or walk around Warm Springs. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 — The Durbin Rocket and the forests of West Virginia
This morning we travel beside the Greenbrier River on the "Rocket" powered by a rare Climax locomotive built in 1910. Afterward, we traverse rural highways through the scenic mountain country that makes up the north half of West Virginia, stopping along the way to see two remnant stands of trees that escaped logging– one Spruce; the other, Hemlock. They offer a glimpse into what the original forests of West Virginia were like. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 — Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
This morning's trip on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad begins at an imposing office building and station in Cumberland, Maryland, built in 1913. The building, now the centerpiece of Canal Place State Park, also houses a visitor center for Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. WMSRR's roster includes C&O 2-6+6-2 no. 1309, the largest steam locomotive operating in the eastern United States. This afternoon we visit vestiges of the Western Maryland Railway in the eastern Alleghenies on our way to Shepherdstown, WV. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 — The Capitol Limited to Washington, D.C.
En route to Washington, D.C., we board Amtrak's Capitol Limited. Union Station in Washington is Amtrak's second busiest station and the southern terminus for electrified operations, including Acela trains. We will have the opportunity to see the equipment used only on the Northeast Corridor, and possibly one or more of the private railroad cars for which Washington Union Station is home base. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 — Departures from Washington, D.C.
Depart at your leisure this morning or extend your stay in the nation's capital. Meals included: Breakfast
Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore Downtown - 2 nights
This modern all-suite hotel is a quick walk to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. All rooms feature full kitchens, dining tables and sitting areas with pull-out sofas, as well as free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. There is also a 24-hour fitness on site.
Inn at Warm Springs - 2 nights
Located across the street from the famed Jefferson Pools which were built in the 1760s the inn transports you back in time to the late 1800s. The individually decorated, low-key rooms are set in 3 different buildings on the property and have en suite bathrooms, satellite TV and free WiFi.
Hampton Inn, Frostburg - 1 night
This hotel provides the perfect base for discovering everything this beautiful mountain town has to offer and offers easy access to Cumberland, MD. The relaxed rooms include free WiFi and custom-designed beds, as well as flat-screen TVs with HD channels, minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers.
Clarion Hotel, Shepherdstown - 1 night
The hotel is located on a quiet 12-acre site near historic Shepherdstown, WV. Rooms have a radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, 32" flat screen TV, bath amenities and high-speed wireless internet access. Also the hotel features a full cardio room, weight room, indoor track, full non-air-conditioned gymnasium, sauna, steam room, outdoor Jacuzzi, and seasonal pool.
The George Hotel - 1 night
This hip Capitol Hill hotel is filled with playful modern art paying homage to its namesake, George Washington. It's a 5-minute walk from Union Station and less than a mile from the United States Capitol Building. The elegant rooms feature coffeemakers, yoga equipment, DVD players, and flat-screens with cable channels.
- Lodging as outlined in lodging section above based on double occupancy
- Meals as noted in itinerary above
- Snacks and beverages
- Train tickets and museum admissions for all included activities
- Commentary by rail expert
- Services of professional tour manager
- Ground transportation for all included events during the trip & porterage service
Trip Price Excludes:
- Pre & post tour travel
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for your BSA guides
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