While in Branson, MO, Mike and I took the Branson Scenic Railway Tour. It’s a 20-mile train ride that goes into the Ozark foothills, through a couple small towns, a few high train trestle bridges, long tunnels, and then reverses direction and heads back to the station in downtown Branson.
We discovered a little secret that helped us get boarded early enough to beat the crowds and get a prime seat at the top of the observation car–make reservations well in advance. We made ours two weeks ahead, which worked to our favor because they boarded in order of reservation. We made our way through the length of the train and were lucky enough to sit in the back seat of one of the most popular railway cars. We were surrounded by windows so we had a wonderful view.
It was difficult to get great photographs because of the speed of the train, and we eventually put the camera away and enjoyed the relaxing ride through the beautiful landscape. Here are some of the views we did capture:
There are two things we observed about Branson–the people are wonderful and they love our United States military veterans. Rod, our conductor of the day, was informative and friendly.
This was one of the few touristy things in Branson we opted to do, and it did not disappoint. We enjoyed the trip, the scenery, meeting other passengers, and talking to the employees on the train. This is one activity we would recommend.
Thank you, Branson Scenic Railway for the wonderful afternoon.
Due to the appreciation of our current surroundings and enjoying time with family and friends, we are still out of order on the blogging.
Where we are: Splitting time between Alpena and Roscommon, Michigan, with a day trip or two into the Upper Peninsula to visit the Yoopers, have some pasties, and experience the unique beauty of northern Michigan.
Where we are Headed: Chicago, Illinois–or Michigan City, Indiana–not quite sure, yet.
Blog Post Location: Branson, Missouri.
Safe travels to you! Dawn (and Mike)
P.S. While Branson won’t be covered in our YouTube videos, you can visit the channel any time at RandomBitsRV.