Travel Back Through Time @ Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad
You can count on beautiful weather here in the Silicon Valley, so make sure you plan some outdoor activities. For train buffs visiting the El Camino Inn and Suites, we recommend a short trip to the nearby Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad. Less than an hour away, you can hop on an antique steam train and enjoy breathtaking views of California’s famous redwoods or travel down to the Santa Cruz shore.
The Redwood Forest steam train leaves several times a day, year round. Originally used to haul giant redwood logs out of mountainous areas, the narrow-gauge steam locomotives now take visitors deep into the heart of the forest. Your conductor will keep you entertained with the history of Roaring Camp as you cross trestles and chug up the winding track to the top of Bear Mountain. This is an hour-long trip.
For a longer trip, hop on the Santa Cruz Beach Train. Twice a day, the train leaves Felton and heads for the beach, passing through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Gorge as well as several historic sights. The three-hour round trip is broken up by an hour on the boardwalk.
In 1875, when the rail route opened, it was built to carry tourists, freight and passengers. It remains one of the oldest operating lines in California, continuing to provide transport during weekends in the spring and fall, and all week long over the summer months.
In addition to regular service, the Roaring Camp Narrow Gauge Railroad holds several special events throughout the year. Egg hunts, Civil War re-enactments, Father’s Day barbecues, train robberies and moonlit dinner parties are just some of the exciting happenings you can attend if you are in the neighborhood at the right time. http://www.roaringcamp.com/
Don’t miss out on the fun. Make your reservations for a train ride the next time you stay in Mountain view.