Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum
Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum, Elbe
For a train adventure a bit farther afield — and back in history — the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum in Elbe runs its vintage steam trains on weekend excursions all summer and through the fall. Its connected logging museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives in the country.
Getting there: Elbe is about a 1.75-hour drive from Seattle.
Ride and cost: The train departs a few times on weekends beginning around Memorial Day for the two-hour, 14-mile round trip experience, including a short stop at Mineral Lake where riders can get off to look around. Purchase tickets online, in advance, for a specific excursion time. Fares for youth and adults are $21–$41 in summer; kids ages 2 and under ride free. First class seats cost more and parking is $4. Prices vary for special excursions and fall-season train rides.
To visit nearby: Try Scale Burgers if you need some lunch while in Elbe — call ahead to confirm it’s open at 360-569-2247 — and bring cash; it's cash only. Admire the collection of cabooses across the street while you eat.