It is a stunning panorama in motion as you sweep past Virginia’s fabled Shenandoah Valley in diesel-powered workhorses that still punch a clock for the Winchester and Western Railroad. After all these years, these reliable veterans of the rails still pull more than their own weight day after day. Ride along with a pair of Alco RS-11s and a GP-9 doing their muscle-bound best hauling enormous loads up grinding upgrades of the wooded hills between Virginia’s working mines. This close-up look at down-home railroading gives you a good idea of what it takes to run this “big little” short-line. Then, follow the north-bound tracks as the action shifts from the Shenandoah Valley to the Appalachians of Maryland as we climb aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. This time, get an engineer’s view of what lies ahead directly from the cabs of first-generation Alco Diesels painted with the legendary “fireball” design. These classic locomotives are seen pulling vintage passenger cars over scenic mountain tracks before stopping at the fully restored station at Frostburg.
When Mark Twain first saw Lake Tahoe, he described it as “surely the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Host Simon Kane shows us the beauty of the region and the wealth of accommodations, restaurants, and activities available around its seventy-two-mile shoreline. Share the invigorating pure experience of hang-gliding over Tahoe. Dine at the BlackWatch Now >>
Marvel at the vast natural wonderland that John Muir called home, Teddy Roosevelt fought to preserve, and Ansel Adams relished by capturing its bold essence. Yosemite is an apple in the pie of America, located in the heart of the great state of California.Watch Now >>
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Mark Twain made this Gold Rush town famous with his 1865 short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” but the county’s treasures were discovered long before that. Join Simon as he seeks out this region’s “perfect places,” and basks in its awesome scenery. Marvel at Big Trees State Park, experience the thrills, chills,Watch Now >>