Fall in Maine is arguably one of the most beautiful times of year. It's such a sight to see, in fact, that there are folks who come from all over the place to witness the leaves change color.

As someone who grew up here, I try to make a point, each fall, of taking a drive around the state, to do a little leaf-peeping myself. But it can be a challenge to take in all the sights, while staying safely focused on the roads...especially when travelling with children.

However, I came across something about 4 years ago that changed my leaf-peeping game forever: Fall Foliage Train rides.

There are a few working trains still in operation in the state of Maine, and they often host Fall Foliage tours, which start in September and usually go through Indigenous People's (what used to be Colombus) Day.

I took the kids on one of these tours, with a local homeschool group, a few years back. It's still a trip they talk about, and I'll tell you what, being able to sit back and enjoy the view, without having to drive the roads, was just plain awesome.

We piled into one of the train cars, and took our seats. The cool thing about trains is the enormous windows that provide the perfect view for anyone hoping to see fall in all it's splendor. As you'll see, in the pictures below, the kids couldn't get enough of the sights. It was like fall's version of the 4th of July! Nature was exploding with vibrant colors. The kids were "oohing and aahing". It was simply stunning and way more relaxing and enjoyable than driving myself, since I could sit back and participate, rather than navigate.

We took our ride through Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad, which you can check out on facebook by clicking here. The Downeast Scenic Railroad does something similar, I believe. You can find them on facebook by clicking here.

In a year where so much has been negative, why not make some positive memories? While these pictures are a couple years old (hence the lack of masks) you can tell how fascinated and captivated the kids were by the beauty of the world around them. I hope you're able to get out and enjoy fall in Maine, in whatever way you choo-choo-choose to!

Fall Foliage Train Tour

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