Once again the Cass Scenic Railroad has been added to the USA Today 10Best list in the Best Scenic Train Ride category. The initial nominees are compiled by experts and the 10Best editors. After that, the top 10 are determined by popular vote. In 2020, Cass came in high on the list at number three!
The official Cass Scenic Railroad Facebook page announced on May 10 that they had once again been recognized for the prestigious list. The public can help Cass Scenic Railroad reach the number one spot this year by voting while there is still time. To place a vote for Cass, go to www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-scenic-train-ride/cass-scenic-railroad. As of May 12, Cass Scenic Railroad is ranked second out of 19. Every vote helps them get to number one. Each person can cast a vote in each 10Best category once per day.
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Cass is a small town in West Virginia that has been largely unchanged since it was founded in 1901. It was founded with the purpose of being a company town for loggers who were working in the nearby mountains. The construction of the railway began the same year the town was founded. The railroad was built with the intention of being used to haul lumber to the mill at Cass. After being sold more than once over the years, Cass was made a part of the parks system in 1977. Today, the railroad remains in full operation and is managed by the Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
The scenic train ride goes to the overlook at Bald Knob, which is the third-highest point in the entire state of West Virginia. There are several ride options for the Cass Scenic Railroad including a four-and-a-half-hour round-trip to Bald Knob as well as a two-hour round-trip venture to Whittaker Station.
Trips are available Tuesday through Sunday with the addition of special events during various points in the year.
The Last Run Restaurant, which is operated by the Bodkin Sisters, is available to riders. The lovely sisters will even pack lunches for people taking a trip up the mountain. The restaurant has twice been featured in the 101 Unique Places to Dine (in West Virginia).
For more information on Cass Scenic Railroad, visit their website at www.cassrailroad.com, call 304-456-4300 or check out their Facebook page Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.
Tickets for the Cass Scenic Railroad as well booking information for accommodations are available on the Cass Railroad website.
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