Country Travel Discoveries 2017 Discovery Tours Catalog (Final Edition) : Page 58

Relive the Days When Rail Travel Was King! Last Ch ance! Wes W e t Vi V i rg rgi gi nia De g e par p tme t nt tm t of f Co o mm mme m me e r rc rce ce c West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads Be Transported to a More Adventurous Time on a Unique Selection of Authentic, Vintage Locomotives Ride the rails back to the glory days when mighty steam-and diesel-powered trains were the fashionable way to travel. You’ll journey on four rare, vintage trains past scenic countryside, rolling mountains, lazy rivers and impressive architectural sights including the New River Gorge Bridge! Relive the heydays of thriving coal and lumber towns, and reminisce about the days of horse-drawn vehicles at the Thrasher Carriage Museum. Tour goes on hiatus in 2018. Pe nn sy P yl lv an i ia Ohio Ride a Mine Car DAY 1 –CAPITAL CITY WELCOME Meet your fellow rail travelers for a welcome reception at our hotel in Charleston, the historic and friendly capital city of West Virginia. DAY 2–NEW RIVER GORGE/COAL MINE Board a modern motorcoach for a scenic mountain excursion. You’ll see Kanawha Falls and Hawk’s Nest overlook on our way to the New River Gorge, home to the world’s second-largest and highest single-span, steel-arch bridge. At 876 feet high and 1,700 feet long, it offers an unparalleled view of the area’s mountains and valleys. This afternoon, you’ll tour the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, which boasts 1,500 feet of underground passages. It begins with a display of mining artifacts and portrayals of early life in the coal towns of southern West Virginia. The highlight of the day is a fascinating journey below ground with an experienced coal miner in authentic, track-riding “man cars.” Later, visit Tamarack Arts Center, West Virginia’s showcase for talented artists, musicians and chefs. B, L, D Frostburg ostbur ostbur rg g MARYLA MARYLAND MARY AR ARYLA RYLA Cu C umber u um m erla mb an nd d R omney Ro ney ey Ro an R nok ke 6 6WRQHZDOO 6WR Jackson 6WDWH3DUN 6 Pe eters etersburg ete eter te er El lki k ns s P Ch C h ea e t B ri idge Elevations reach 3,500 ft on this tour WEST VIRGINIA VIR & V6 &DV 6FHQLF 55 56WDWH WH 3DU 3 N Ch C h ar a le est s on n +DZ ZN·V 1HVW 6WD WH3DUN Ca Cass Virginia Be e ck c k le e y DAY 3–CASS SCENIC RAILROAD STATE PARK/NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY It’s “all aboard” today for your first unforgettable rail adventure. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will transport you back to the heyday of steam locomotives and thriving logging towns. The highlight is a thrilling ride on an old-fashioned logging train—an awesome, steam-powered Shay locomotive—chugging up a logging line to Whittaker Station, an authentically recreated logging camp. In the afternoon, tour the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, including the world’s largest moving telescope. B, D DAY 4–NEW TYGART FLYER/FRANKS FAMILY MUSIC SHOW Today, experience a relaxed, 46 mile round-trip excursion aboard the vintage, diesel-powered New Tygart Flyer, featuring an “S” curve tunnel, a 1,500 feet deep canyon with densely forested slopes, and a high bridge over the meandering Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. This evening enjoy a group dinner and lively entertainment at the rail-themed Franks Family Music Show. B, D 58 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES: Personalized, Different, Real | Wes t V Vi i rg gi nia De p g par ar r tme me e n nt t of o f Co C o mme me e rce r e rc

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