It is listed as one of the 8 Top Train Rides in North America by Trains magazine where you get to see what was once the world’s highest suspension bridge (so I think it is still the highest in the US), which they don’t highly advertise. It is the same ride in and out of the Gorge. I paid the Coach fare and spent my time out on the open car, which I think gives you the best view of the whole thing and the cars aren’t very air conditioned so you won’t be much cooler in them. You are assigned your seat, so this is especially the way to go if you end up on the right side (while looking toward the front of the train) as you will mostly see only a rock wall out your window instead of the Arkansas River on the left side (this advise may not apply to Vista Dome car riders). I got a left side seat and still spent the first half of the ride outside. They could stand to turn up the volume for the announcer that gives the history of activities in the area – it is VERY difficult to hear, which is another good reason to go to the open car as you can stand closer to the speaker if you are interested. If you do this – REMEMBER THE SUNSCREEN!!!
NOTE: TripAdvisor’s preliminary info at the top of this page says, ”Cost: Free”. This is not correct, it is at least $33/adult for coach.
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