Itinerary: Trains & Tracks
building of the transcontinental railroads to allow access into the American
West ushered in a new era of settlement and development and lead to the population
and development of the region as we now know it. And whether by Amtrak, museums
or historic steam trains, the legacy of the Iron Horse lives on in the Real
- Salt Lake City
- Virginia City
Day 1/2 - Arrive in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City to Cascade, Idaho. Arrive Salt Lake City. All aboard the Heber
Valley Historic Railroad, a journey on a historic train from Heber Valley around
Deer Creek to the western edge of the Great Salt Lake. The next morning, rent
a car or motorhome and travel to Cascade. Showcasing Idaho’s rich railroad
history, Cascade is home to the Idaho Historic Railroads. Here, visitors have
the chance to experience that history while traveling on a scenic 51 km (32
mile) train ride between Cascade and Smith Ferry. On the way to Cascade stop
off at the Railroad Museum in Ogden’s Union Station or the Golden Spike
National Historic Site near Promontory. Overnights in Salt Lake City, Cascade
Day 3/4 - Cascade to Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID and Livingston, MT offer a rich series of multi-day excursions
throughout the Rocky Mountain West and Pacific Northwest. The Montana Daylight
includes an overnight stay in historic Gardiner and a tour of the Livingston
Depot. Three classes of service are available. Overnight in Sandpoint.
Day 5 - Sandpoint to Essex
The Izaak Walton Inn was built on the Burlington Northern mainline, and today
hosts activities for railroad enthusiasts of all personalities...including an
overnight stay in a restored caboose. Overnight in Essex.
Day 6/7 - Essex to Virginia City
During the weekends, Virginia City features its newly acquired 1911 Baldwin
steam locomotive and offers visitors a chance to journey between the historical
mining towns of Virginia City and Nevada City. Overnight in Virginia/Nevada
Day 8 - Virginia City to Lewistown
While in Lewistown hop aboard the popular Charlie Russell Chew Choo and enjoy
a classic dinner excursion. Overnight in Lewistown.
Day 9/10 - Lewistown to Deadwood via Sheridan and Gillette
The Peter Yegen Jr. Yellowstone County Museum in Billings offers visitors a
peek into the past with the American locomotive the #1031 on display. Further
north, the Sheridan Depot proudly displays a locomotive that was ahead of its
time. This locomotive made the trip from Aurora, IL to Savanna, IL in 1957 with
a 12 car excursion train in 1 hour and 11 minutes. Gillette is home to the Rockpile
Museum, a Burlington Northern Caboose display. To enhance the visit, the museum
also provides general history on the railroads. The Adams Museum in Deadwood
offers visitors a chance to see the first locomotive in the Black Hills region.
Overnights in Billings or Sheridan and Deadwood.
Day 11 - Deadwood to Keystone
The Black Hills Central Railroad, located in the Black Hills, offers a 32 km
(20 mile) train ride between Hill City and Keystone along an old mining route
once used by settlers. While traveling through the breathtaking scenery offered
by the Black H ls, passengers also step into the past and experience the history
of the region. Overnight in Keystone or Hill City/Custer.
Day 12 - Keystone/Hill City to Cheyenne
In Cheyenne, visit a variety of railroad attractions. Big Boy #4404, on display
at the Holliday Park, is known as the largest successful steam locomotive built.
At Lions Park, another display portrays the heritage of the railroad in the
west. The Wyoming Transportation Museum, housed in the historic Union Pacific
depot, is a must for train buffs. Overnight in Cheyenne.
Day 13 - Cheyenne to Denver
While in the Denver area, take a short scenic drive to the community of Golden
to the Colorado Railroad Museum which displays more than 50 narrow and standard
gauge locomotives and cars across 12 acres. Overnight in Denver.
Day 14 - Departure from Denver
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