Founded in 1832, the Strasburg Railroad (Rte. 741 E., Strasburg, 717/687-7522, www.strasburgrailroad.com, seasonal hours, call ahead, $11 adult, $6 child) is America’s oldest short-line railroad. The Victorian-style wooden passenger train is pulled by a coal-burning steam locomotive. On a 45-minute ride to the town of Paradise and back, you’ll pass the area’s quintessential scenic rolling farmlands.
For an additional fee, you can have lunch in the dining car, or the swanky first-class car. There are several displays and shops at the station. Across the street, you can see more trains, locomotives, and engines at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (300 Gap Rd., Strasburg, 717/687-8628, www.rrmuseumpa.org, Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., $8 adult, $7 senior and youth, free under 6).
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition