Before the days of automobiles and airplanes, railroads were the veins that pumped goods and people throughout the United States. It wasn't until 1962 that the famous Union Pacific Overland Route—a transcontinental railway and technological marvel of its time that connected New York to San Francisco—quit transporting human passengers.
To reconnect with our mechanistic past, as well as to take in some gorgeous sites, the Thunder Mountain Line is offering people the chance to take a train ride along the Payette River and have brunch with a giant bunny.
The Easter Bunny Brunch Train travels from Horseshoe Bend along the Payette River through the Boise National Forest to Banks. Riders enjoy a catered brunch along the way, complete with a visit from "Conductor Cottontail." Once in Banks, the Easter Bunny will conduct an Easter egg hunt for the younger passengers.
Train riders can check out views of the gurgling white water and the tree-lined valley. Train rides are three hours round trip.
If Easter egg hunting isn't your thing, you can pan for gold or check out the old Banks convenience store. Enthusiastic train guides also offer up tales of the old line. Seating options come in three varieties--standard class, first class and executive class. Menus and prices are available online.