What You'll Get
Getting out of the house is often hampered by the fact that most houses are located inside a bigger and fancier house. Step outside of the house outside of your house with today's Groupon for a trip on the Sacramento RiverTrain, leaving from Woodland.
Choose from the following trips:
For $24, you get one adult Spring Express trip (a $48 value). Choose between the following dates:
- March 19
- April 16
Check-in for both trips is at 10:30 a.m., and the trip lasts from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. This nonstop 32-mile roundtrip ride leisurely shoots passengers through a verdant variety of landscapes while a strolling musician strums throughout the train.
For $18, you get an Easter Egg Express trip on April 23 (a $36 value). Choose between the following times:
- 10 a.m., with a 9:30 a.m. check-in
- 2 p.m., with a 1:30 p.m. check-in
The star passenger on the Easter Egg Express is the Easter Bunny, who circulates throughout the train making friends with kids and adults alike. Ovophiles and ravenous mongooses will delight in the included Easter egg hunt in grassy Elkhorn Park. Both the morning and afternoon trips last approximately three hours.
Trawling the 16-mile, century-old Woodland Branch rails between Woodland and West Sacramento, the Sacramento RiverTrain cradles sightseeing passengers as it chugs through picturesque natural tableaus. Crossing the Fremont Trestle and swerving alongside the Sacramento River, the train slices through dense forests, farm fields, and sparkling shorelines. At the turnaround point, the train passes near the Highway Patrol Training Grounds, where riders may espy officers learning high-speed maneuvers or ticketing low-speed bovine moving violations. Inside the heated cars, passengers gaze upon the sights from a pampered perspective as they recline on rattan furniture and enjoy the breeze from plantation-style ceiling fans. Three open-air cars encourage guests to inhale the scents of the natural splendor around them.
Both trips include an optional $10 lunch, or riders may bring their own aliments. Beer, wine, and soda are available for purchase onboard, and infants ages 0–1 ride for free.
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The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time. Lunch may be purchased for additional $10 per person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Sacramento RiverTrain
Completed in 1911, the Woodland Branch is a 16-mile stretch of railway that connects West Sacramento with Woodland, California. At the branch's peak, passenger trains were running eight times a day, nine times on leap-days, but it all came to an end in 1940 with the start of World War II. The tracks were still used for freight, but it would be more than 60 years before passengers began using the railway again with any frequency. When the scenic stretch of rail was absorbed by the Sierra Railroad Company in 2003, it wasn't long before it took the name Sacramento RiverTrain and began running luxury coaches complete with rattan furniture, wood paneling, and state-of-the-art sound systems. Today, passengers board these trains to savor Sunday brunch, murder-mystery dinners, and other events while train tracks softly clack in the background.