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This Fall Foliage Train Ride is One of the Most Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Michigan

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When it comes to seeing the outdoors, there is no shortage of options. From climbing up cliffs and hiking through forests to tubing down rivers and fishing in lakes, Michigan offers limitless ways to spend time enjoying nature. In this article, we'll talk about one of the most amazing ways to take in all the natural beauty the Great Lake State has to offer along the gorgeous The Southern Michigan Railroad.
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Founded in 1982, the Southern Michigan Railroad has been one of the best and most beautiful scenic train rides in the state of Michigan for the past 40 years. The railroad is a nonprofit, volunteer railroad and museum that operates out of the town of Clinton in Lenawee County.

Available year-round, these train rides provide a totally different experience depending on which season you decide to ride. During the spring and summer time, travelers will get to enjoy bold blue skies and waters. The train even operates a Polar Express ride in the wintertime.
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During the fall, the scenery along the tracks lights up in yellow, red, and orange as the foliage takes over. This is one of the prettiest times to experience the Southern Michigan Railroad. Their Fall Color Tour departs from downtown Tecumseh for a 2-hour train ride through Michigan’s beautiful fall colors. Halfway through the trip, you'll be able to enjoy a cup of delicious, locally made apple cider at their Clinton Station.

The train line also operates a Clinton Fall Festival train ride in September and an Appleumpkin Train in October for an hour-long excursion to the Red Mill Pond. The perfect chance to enjoy the scenery and relax away from the crowds of the festival.
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Each train ride inside this beautifully restored vintage diesel locomotive ranges with options to sit inside or outside in their open-air cars. Tickets cost as little as $10 for adults.

To learn more about the Southern Michigan Railroad and all the different excursions they offer, be sure to check their official site here where you can find available dates and book your tickets in advance.

Address: 301 Bartlett St, Clinton, MI 49236.

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