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 Sierra Dinner Train trip, which leaves from Oakdale. Choose from the following trips:
- For $24, you get one adult ticket to the Spring Express trip (a $48 value) at 12 p.m. on either April 9 or May 7.
- For $24, you get a ticket to the Sunset Happy Hour trip (a $48 value) on May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
- For $24, you get a ticket to the Memorial Day Weekend special ride (a $48 value) on May 28 at 11 a.m.
Trawling the third oldest railroad in North America, Sierra Railroad's Dinner Train cradles sightseeing passengers as it trundles through 5 to 16 miles of flowered meadows, dense forests, and farm fields before heading back to its Oakdale launch point. Rolling out of the station at noon, the 2.5-hour leisurely Spring Express ride shoots passengers through a verdant variety of landscapes while a strolling musician strums throughout the train. With the Sunset Happy Hour trip, riders enjoy a 2.5-hour dusky sojourn that ambles through the pastoral countryside as the sun dips below the horizon, allowing passengers to comment on her cornea-damaging beauty while enjoying a half-off discount on all beer, soda, and water. Alternately, choo-choo choosers can opt for the three-hour Memorial Day weekend jaunt, when the leisurely train chugs down the tracks next to fields of California poppies and blooming vernal flowers.
The vivid scenery around the Sierra Railroad and its proximity to Hollywood catapulted the railroad to screen stardom in its heyday, with show business execs borrowing its iconic terrain for more than 300 films, TV shows, and commercials, dubbing the tracks The Movie Railroad. Inside the heated or air-conditioned cars, passengers gaze upon the sights from a pampered perspective as they comfortably recline, and an open-air car allows patrons to practice presidential stumping.
Riders may purchase food and drinks aboard the train, and infants under 1 year old ride for free. All passengers must check in a half hour before scheduled departure time.
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.
330 S Sierra Ave.
Oakdale, California 95631Get Directions