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Fall train trips

USA Today put together a roundup of 10 train trips that take you through leafy landscapes. Here are three and read the full story to find out about all 10.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Chama, N.M.
America’s highest and longest steam narrow-gauge railroad starts in northern New Mexico, and climbs over a 10,000-foot pass, covering 64 miles before ending in Antonito, Colo. “You’ve got tremendous steep grades and you can hear the chugging,” Heimburger says. “You almost feel like you’re in the engineer’s seat, struggling your way up these mountains.” 877-890-2737;

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Cumberland, Md.
The 32-mile route through rugged Appalachian scenery passes through the Narrows, a mountain cut that was once a gateway to the West. When the train arrives in Frostburg, Md., passengers can watch the locomotive rotating on a turntable for the trip back. It’s located about 140 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. 800-872-4650;

Napa Valley Wine Train
Napa, Calif.
This train combines three of Napa’s world-famous attributes: wine, food and scenery. The three-hour, 36-mile route attracts 100,000 passengers a year, who are drawn by on-board white tablecloth dining and regional wine tastings. “It’s a great experience, something you won’t forget,” Heimburger says. 800-427-4124;

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