My wife rode the skunk train when she was a small girl, so it was time to pack up the family and re-live some past glories. The Skunk Train is operated out of Fort Bragg, CA which is just a few miles north of Mendocino- both towns give you plenty of sightseeing opportunities for a weekend.
The train is a steamer with plenty of seating, a snack car, and a convertible car (where you're outside.) It takes about two hour to the destination with several short stops along the way - it's a beautiful and slow ride through the Northern California forest.
After 2 hours, you'll stop and have great BBQ outdoors with live music in a beautiful park. This is where the steam engine moves to the back of the train to take it back to Fort Bragg. Plenty of photo opportunities here.
On the 2 hour journey back, many on the train (including my two kids) took naps.
I have to say - if you're interested in slowing things down a bit in your life - this is a very relaxing tour to take. It felt long, but it was nice to not to feel rushed. Open a window, enjoy the scenery, and take a nap. This is not to be missed if you ever find yourself in Fort Bragg.
End the day at a dining destination in Mendocino and watch the sunset.
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