My family and I went on the train during their Pumpkin express time where the train started in Elbe and ended at Mineral Lake. My children LOVED the train portion, but the end result at Mineral Lake was little disappointing. But riding those old train cars was quite the experience and needs to be done at least once in a lifetime.
I always love to travel and when you talk about train i love love it as the views and i could not off my camera. the full loop is of amazing and beautiful views and the color of water. Love the scenic views and the snow. take that 2hour train and you wont forget the experience.
What kid (I'm talking about a grown up kid...but yeah, the youngsters too) doesn't love the idea of riding on a steam engine. Now throw in the beauty of a national park as a backdrop, and you've got a fun day's outing. It will take a full day. 2 hours' drive each way from Tacoma. 2.5 hours from Seattle. So plan on a mid-morning start; pack a picnic lunch to break up the drive; a snack for the train ride (although, we were given some cider and nibbles on our excursion); and then stop for pizza on the way home! The drive to the departure point itself is beautiful, as you leave cosmopolitania behind. The trains and cars are old and nostalgic. It's not about speed, but the sound of a steam engine billowing and creaky couplers that delight. All ages will enjoy it, and you have the option to sit inside a carriage or outside. Here's a cost-saving tip. Buy an area-relevant coupon booklet at www.entertainment.com. The 2009 edition has a 2for1 coupon for up to a $20 value for one adult fare.