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“Artistically awesome in autumn”

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

We went in October mid week.. every year the fall season differs.
So check before you plan your trip.
We took Open car. As we dint get booking in other category.. we did book it last minute. It starts from Bryson city.. the city is small and picturesque. .
Had lunch there and boarded 2pm train. The journey is awesome.. wonderful scenary . As it was a open car, means natural cool breeze greets you and thw photographer in you can experiment a no of photos.
Its a must thing to do..the following snaps are captured during the journey

Thank Sumana S
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

I had wanted to take this train for years and finally got the chance and now they have a steam engine. We booked the open car only because we couldn’t get 2 seats together in the regular train cars. It turned out that standing up and hanging out the side of the open car was the best part. They even had some great entertainment on the train and we had lunch in the Kostas Family Greek restaurant in Dillsboro. This is the absolutely loveliest way to spend a day! Don’t miss their toy train museum. It is a huge collection including a giant layout with everything imaginable except the kitchen sink.

Thank Sandylikethebeach21
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Took 3 grand children for the trip to the North Pole. They LOVED it. We will take more of the children when they get older.

Thank DonCostner
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

What a magical way to began the Christmas season. We took our 3 grandchildren ,ages 7,6,and 2 1/2 to experience The Polar Express train and so thankful we did. We chose Sunday evening knowing it would be less crowded. The children Loved it. We arrived early and they ran around and played. AKA burning off some engery after long car ride. The youngest loved the train museum.The weather allowed them to watch The Polar Express movie outside by the train track . The excitement of the train arriving is overwhelming. The look on children's faces was priceless. We chose first-class on the Jackson. The children absolutely Loved every minute. Hot chocolate was delicious. Treat bags were a big hit. We all loved the warm cookie. The girls got to sing and dance with the cooks. The north pole was just beautiful. Santa entering the train could not have been anymore special. Wonderful memories were made on this trip. As adults we always try to remember to look at these experiences like children. If you participate and have fun they will. This was a wonderful trip for us and our grandchildren.

Thank bsmw
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

We've often ridden on excursions with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, from Thomas the Tank Engine, to the Polar Express, to the Peanuts Halloween experience, to the Boy Scout railroading merit badge trip. We've always enjoyed the rides, and have been pleased with the professionalism and courtesy of the staff. I highly recommend it!

Thank Michele B
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