Experience the fall colors on the North Shore in a unique way, by rail. You will travel along the entire route of the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s track to the end of the line in Two Harbors. There you will have a delightful 2 hour stay in the beautiful lakeside town before your return to the Duluth Depot.
Entrance to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with your ticket prior to departure the day of. Doors open at 9am, so there is limited time for the museum. If you want to come the day before, or after, museum passes can be purchased at 50% off with your train tickets.
***The Two Harbors train excursion is subject to delays to due Canadian National Railway (CN) traffic. Please consider this when making plans for after the train ride. Delays are rare, but can be an hour or more. Normal return time to the Duluth Depot is about 4:30pm, but ranges from 4pm-5pm, and very rarely, even later.
This trip is usually not handicap accessible. Pets are not allowed. Ages 2 and under are free and do not need a ticket. NOTE: Mother nature dictates the level of color change throughout the season. We are not responsible for the amount of fall colors seen on this trip.
THE DULUTH ZEPHYR
Our most popular trip, this excursion brings you through downtown Duluth, a little way up the North Shore, through Congdon Park, and to the neighborhood of Lakeside, where the train stops briefly to turn around. The perfect standard trip for you and your family, lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes, covering about six miles each way.
First Class Option: Ride in the Dome Car and enjoy the unique upstairs viewing area, with an attendant to bring you beverages and food. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks (2) while you experience the spectacular views from above in the Dome Car. Note: Due to the historic nature of the traincar, First Class seats are not wheelchair accessible. Children ages 0-13 must purchase tickets for first class (2 and under are free in coach only), and must be supervised at all times while on the train for the courtesy of other passengers. All passengers in first class are expected to behave in a first class fashion for the respect of other patrons.
Coach Seats: Ride in one of several historic coaches. Some have open windows, some have air conditioning/heat, it is up to you! All seats are general boarding, so you are free to explore the train for the perfect seat. A concession car is also available to enjoy that has large open-air doors. Children ages 2 and under are free and do not need tickets for coach.
Reservations are strongly recommended but not required for this excursion. Tickets may be purchased up to 20 minutes prior to departure. This train can sell out, so it is recommended to pre-purchase your tickets.
This train is Wheelchair Accessible most days, but there are no wheelchair accessible restrooms (and first class is not accessible). Wheelchairs are lifted into the concession/open car. Pets are not allowed. All tickets are round-trip. There are restrooms on the train.
Children: Ages are 3-13 in Coach. Ages 2 and under are free in coach and do not need a ticket/reservation. All passengers in First Class (ages 0+) must purchase a ticket.
Doors close 2 minutes prior to departure for safety checks. Any passengers who arrive after this time will not be permitted to board and will not receive a refund.
Museum Passes can be added at the half-off combination rate of $6 adults and $3 for children. If you're not sure you'll have time for the museum, you can still get this discount and add passes on the day you arrive.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth Minnesota 55802