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JUL-AUG 2017

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TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 4 7 GROUP — S E C R E T C I T Y S C E N I C E X C U R S I O N T R A I N — OAK R I D G E , TE N N ESS E E For Valentine's Day, the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train offers dinner with fresh f lowers, china and white tablecloths. Take a leisurely 90-minute trip in former Southern Railway Pullman Dining Car No. 3164, restored to its 1960s splendor. The train winds along Poplar Creek and Highway 327 in the hills and valleys of eastern Tennessee; the northern portion of the route was featured in the movie "October Sky." W W W. S E C R E T C I T Y R A I L RO A D .C OM — P O L A R E X P R E S S T R A I N — CH I CAG O Board Amtrak's Chicago The Polar Express Ride at Chicago's Union Station, and step into the classic children's story. While the motion picture soundtrack plays in the background, the festively decorated train speeds though tunnels, rail yards and neighborhoods along the Chicago River. Guests are served hot chocolate and a treat by dancing chefs and enjoy a reading of the book. Everyone receives a silver sleigh bell after Santa boards the train to greet passengers. Attendants lead caroling on the return trip to Union Station. Passengers also receive a souvenir tumbler with their hot chocolate to take home. W W W.C H IC AG O T H E P OL A R E X P R E S S R I DE .C OM — G R E A T S M O K Y M O U N T A I N R A I L R O A D — B RYSO N CIT Y, NO RTH CARO LI NA Celebrate Independence Day onboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad's Freedom Train. Passengers will enjoy American classics like a barbecue picnic-style dinner, a slice of apple pie, sunset views on the Fontana Trestle and a visit from Uncle Sam himself. The train will depart the Bryson City Depot on July 4 at 7 p.m. and follows the Nantahala Gorge route, returning in time for the Bryson City Freedom Fest fireworks show. W W W.G S M R .C OM 5 HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Six trains, three depots. Trains depart from Elkins, Cass and Durbin. 866.457.3418 • MTN-RAIL.COM MAKE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE A MOUNTAINRAIL ADVENTURE!

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