This fall, why not try riding “car-free” as a passenger on one of New England’s vintage railroads, focused on autumn’s patchwork quilt of colors, not traffic? You’ll rumble along networks of historic track, most originally laid to transport passengers and goods and now restored for these excursions. From your window, relish the movable vistas, some visible only by train: woodlands, cranberry bogs, wooden bridges, steep ravines, gorges, forts, waterfront, sand dunes, lighthouses, wildlife. Listen to the tour guide and, on most trains, dine on options from simple snacks to elegant dinners. Trips last from 35 minutes to 5½ hours. The memories last a lot longer.
North Woodstock, New Hampshire