If you want to explore Wisconsin in an authentic and breathtaking way, we have the perfect activity for you! Ditch the car and hit the rails with these three wonderful train rides in Wisconsin. You can travel through stunning areas and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the ones you love! Read on to find out our top picks for train rides in Wisconsin and start planning your trip today.
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Explore Stunning Landscapes With These 3 Train Rides in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Excursion Train
A ride on the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Excursion Train is one of the best experiences you can have during your trip through Wisconsin. Travel along the scenic Namekagon River and St. Croix National Park on rails that were laid more than 100 years ago. The excursion can last from 45 minutes to three hours, depending on which one you choose!
Board the train in Trego, WI, and enjoy a delightful journey accompanied by delicious food. A regular train ride is $12 for adults and $12 for children, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can take your significant other on the dinner train! Board between 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and grab a cocktail before heading to the dining car. The ride lasts approximately three hours.
Tip: The Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Excursion Train is handicap accessible!
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway is will take you back in time. Board the vintage diesel-powered train and enjoy a 20-mile journey through the stunning St. Croix River area. Enter Minnesota on the Cedar Bend Daw Bridge and return through beautiful farmlands and lush forests. You can choose from a few different experiences, including dinner and pizza, brunch, or even leaf viewing! The trains run on weekends from May to October and are handicap accessible.
East Troy Electric Railroad
A great view of Wisconsin’s landscape deserves a gourmet meal, and the East Troy Electric Railroad combines both! Sign up for one of their dining charters and have a one-of-a-kind lunch experience accompanied by a selection of top-notch cocktails, wine, beer, and soft drinks. Make sure you book a table in advance!
The train ride starts at East Troy Depot and takes you along the gorgeous shoreline of Phantom Lake as well as through Indian Head Park. It runs May through September, boarding at 5 p.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m. In October, the train boards at 4:30 p.m. and returns at 7 p.m.
Complete Your Stay at the Westby House Inn
Stop in La Crosse, WI, during your adventure through Wisconsin and spend a comfortable night at the Westby House Inn! Our lovely accommodations are perfect for a getaway and provide the service and comfort you deserve.
Our cozy Library Room features a private bathroom, a writing desk where you can recount all the wonderful things you’ve seen, and a fluffy queen bed where you have the sweetest dreams. Travel back to a simpler time in this corner room and nestle up on the recliner sofa with a good book! In the morning, wake up and head downstairs for a delicious homemade breakfast.
Book your stay today! We look forward to hosting you.