Best train to nowhere

Thunder Mountain line

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Just a half hour from Boise, a train can take you up the river and back in time. The Thunder Mountain Line, a rare sightseer-only train, takes passengers along the Payette River for riverside picnics or onboard wine tastings and dinners. There are costumed murder mystery nights, themed holiday excursions and the occasional strolling minstrel--all on a '40s-era train retrofitted with a dining car, bar and open-air viewing cars. It may seem kind of cheesy at first thought, but two hours spent relaxing to the gentle rocking motions of the train is more than just physical transportation; it's psychological.

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