Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Train in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This old-school iron carriage chugs along a pleasant course from Akron to Independence, OH, through the heart of the park. The most expensive tickets score you a seating in the glass-topped 'dome,' offering nice roundabout views. A full round-trip takes around 3½ hours.

You can take a bicycle on board ($5; April to October). The train's schedule varies by season: from June to October (the busiest time of year), it runs Tuesday through Sunday. From mid-November through mid-December an additional limited service, the Christmas-themed Polar Express, is offered (kids: wear your pajamas).