All aboard! Escape to Reno Tahoe in the heart of the Sierra’s winter season aboard the Reno Fun Train! Party and dance your way through the snowy mountains to a weekend of fun and games.
Treat yourself to a weekend of winter fun with a live-music Dance Car, Piano Lounge, Smoking Car with Cigar Lounge, available chair massage and Elvis tribute artist, there is no other train like it in the world! The journey includes roundtrip charter train with reserved seats; including, meals served at your seat, entertainment, hotel and more.
FUN TRAIN Departure Dates & Themes:
Feb. 8 (Mardi Gras)
Feb. 22 (Rock n’ Roll w/ Chocolate & Wine Tasting)
All aboard the enchanting Polar Express this holiday season! V&T Railroad by Rail Events, Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. invite you to believe. The classic The Polar Express story comes to life on a roundtrip journey from Carson to the North Pole.
Kids are encouraged to dress in their pajamas as they ride in the historic passenger cars. Sing along with carolers, and meet Santa on this magical adventure.
The ride includes:
• Hot cocoa, cookies and caroling
• The Polar Express read aloud
• Visits by characters from the story
• Your first Christmas present of a keepsake silver bell. (Will they always hear it ring?)
Carson City is giving believers the opportunity to WIN tickets! Enter by November 16. Click here for details.
For the answers to frequently asked questions about The Polar Express story and Train Ride, as well as a short video, visit www.polarexpressride.com.
The Polar Express, pulled by the V&T’s diesel engine, departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (5:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm), from November 23 through December 23. Fares for the one-hour, roundtrip experience are:
• Ages 13 and older – $34
• Ages 2 to 12 – $25
• Toddlers and infants sitting on parent’s lap – free
With the goal of sparking children’s interest in trains and train travel, Amtrak and Lionel are partnering this summer for the 11th Annual Amtrak-Lionel Kid’s Essay Contest to give children age 12 and under a chance to win a Lionel toy train set by describing what they like most about riding Amtrak. Entries may be submitted through August 31, 2010.
Entry forms are available onboard 11 of Amtrak’s western trains including the California Zephyr, Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight, Capitol Corridor, Empire Builder, Heartland Flyer, Southwest Chief, Pacific Surfliner, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, and the Texas Eagle.
One grand prize winner will be awarded the Rio Grande Ski Train and 14 first place winners will be given the Polar Express G-Gauge train. Each essay will be judged on content and originality. Winners will be announced in October 2010.
Lionel LLC is one of the world’s leading marketers of model trains and accessories. Established in 1900, the Lionel name is the most widely recognized brand in the toy train industry and one of the most recognized brands in America.
As the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2009), the railroad carried 27.2 million passengers, making it the second-best year in the company’s history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day—at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph)—to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the partner of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies. Visit Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.
Our own Jill Stockton went for a ride aboard Amtrak’s Fun Train for a scenic ride from Sacramento to Reno. But this was no tame sightseeing tour …
There may be no easier way to get to Reno-Tahoe than aboard the Weekend Fun Train or Midweek Snow Train. There is no other train like it in America. The Fun Train is ideal for anyone looking to have a good time while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Donner Pass route – one of the most historic and scenic rail lines in America.
From departure to arrival, traveling on the Fun Train was, well, fun! I boarded the train in Sacramento and was greeted by ‘Fun Rick,’ a member of the Fun Train team. Fun Rick helped me feel welcome aboard and made finding my seat a breeze. After boarding the train, which was decorated with a Western theme, we promptly departed for Reno. The ride through the Sacramento valley and along Donner Pass was simply spectacular. The views were amazing and fresh snow was falling, making this ride to Reno extra special.
The entertainment on board was outstanding. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Dozens of people dancing to the live music of the “FunAntics” while winding through the mountains headed for Reno. This is surely something that you’d never experience in a car or airplane!
If listening, not dancing, to live music is more your style, then the Piano Lounge Car is for you. With live entertainment in the Piano Car you can meet new friends, enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar and relax. The Fun Train also has strolling minstrels, musicians, and magicians to entertain you – if the beautiful scenery is not enough.
When we arrived in Reno, the good times just got better. After exiting the train, passengers were greeted by a jazz band directing them to their chartered bus which would take them to their designated hotel. The simplicity and ease of this trip was truly amazing.
The trip includes a roundtrip rail ticket from Emeryville, Martinez, Suisun, Sacramento or Roseville to Reno with reserved seat, two nights hotel accommodations, a Winner’s Book – good for discounted meals, 50 percent off the show at Harrah’s and more. For more information on packages and pricing information visit Key Holidays online or call (800) 783-0783.
Reno-Tahoe is more than a basecamp for outdoor adventure or a hub for casino gaming. The region also boasts a rich history from its Native American roots to its foundation during the frontier days of the western expansion.
Today, ties to the past are reflected in many of the region’s 31 museums, while an active community of enthusiasts continues to position Reno-Tahoe on the cutting edge of art. Here’s a sample of the area’s diverse offerings:
Nevada Museum of Art
Divided into five focus areas, the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, consists of over 1,900 works of art organized around the general themes of land and environment. The museum also features traveling exhibitions.
Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Exhibits include a replica walk-through mine and ghost town, the Carson City Mint, and Native American displays.
National Automobile Museum
The National Automobile Museum, Reno, displays approximately 175 cars, many of which came from gaming magnate William F. Harrah’s famous collection. The collection’s stars include the 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 New York to Paris race. Other vehicles appear in rotation on the museum’s “streets” in three galleries.
Fourth Ward School Museum
Abandoned to the elements, the Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, seemed doomed until it was resurrected in 1986, 50 years after the school closed its doors. Since that time hundreds of thousands of visitors have made their way to the school celebrate Virginia City’s glorious past as a frontier town during the gold and silver boom.
Wilbur D. May Museum
The Wilbur D. May Museum, Reno, features the accumulated trinkets and treasures from more than 30 trips and safaris the eccentric son of a department store magnate made in the 1920s and 1930s. Since May rarely collected just one of anything, cases are crammed with T’ang Dynasty animals and African masks; hundreds of Oriental miniatures, dozens of pistols and rifles. Gobelin tapestries and Navajo rugs are among objects decorating the walls.
Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada
The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, Carson City, is dedicated to providing education and entertainment to children ages 2 and up and families through exhibits and programs that focus on the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
Nevada State Railroad Museum
The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada, including locomotives and cars of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Much of the museum equipment was obtained from Hollywood studios, where they were often featured in movies and television.
Museum activities consist of operation of historic railroad equipment, including train rides, handcar rides, lectures, an annual railroad history symposium, changing exhibits, and a variety of special events.
Click here for a complete Reno-Tahoe museum listings, or tell us about your favorite Reno-Tahoe museum in the comment section.