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“Polar Express trip”

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Reviewed October 20, 2013

A fun and sweet train ride during Christmas time. Kids liked Santa, singing carols, hot chocolate. The train ride was at night, so you couldn't see much of the outside scenery.

Thank Deborah B
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We took the Nantahalia Gorge trip and loved it. We booked for the open air gondola which was excellent for picture taking. I did get cold although we did take a jacket and blanket as the booking person advised. The employees were all very polite, helpful and pleasant. I will use the railroad again!

2  Thank Peggy K
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We enjoyed the trip. It was about the right blank. It was nice to stop for lunch in between our trip out and trip back. However we could've used a little more time for lunch. The seats were comfortable and the scenery interesting.

1  Thank Mary_Mc638
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We plan on coming back for the Polar Express at Christmas. We went once several years ago, but the kids were too little to remember. I rode the train when I was a kid. Now it's my kids' turn!

1  Thank Erika A
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We took the railway thinking we would see a lot of scenery. Unfortunately for us, we had seats number 1 and 2 in the car. Instead of the large window that other travelers had, we had a small window. And the opposite side of us was a hallway, so we could not see out the opposite side of the car.

The trip went to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where we were able to see kayakers practicing freestyle tricks. It was fun and the site was very scenic.

If you go, make sure not to get seats 1 and 2!

3  Thank Nancy D
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