Winter Wonderland, is the trip of a lifetime on board Amtrak's Cardinal which travels from Chicago to Washington D.C. Heavy snowfall and glorious sunshine are a rare combination, making the daylight portions of the journey through Kentucky and West Virginia quite spectacular. The scenery through the New River Gorge - the Grand Canyon of the East - is breathtaking. The view from a train is like no other! In addition to the snowy Amtrak ride, you'll go back in time for a visit to several of the historic mainline steam engines that have operated special trains on this route over the past ten years. Highlights of the steam excursions include interesting segments showing a variety of trains at the overlooks at Hawks Nest, and the old mining towns of Thurmond, deep in the heart of the New River Gorge.
You'll see why winter can be the best time to visit West Virginia, and why a train trip is the best way to do it!