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Tuckasegee River Excursion

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

The Tuckasegee (tuck-uh-SEE-jee) River Excursion includes an 1½ hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than 50 shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City.

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Classes of Service

First Class

Adult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$94.00N/AN/A

Only available November, December, January and February, First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate controlled car with large picture windows, and are served lunch by the car's attendant. Each couple receives a souvenir tote bag (1 per couple),and everyone receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day. Limited bar service available. Adult (21+ only) tickets are $94.

Family First Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$94.00$54.00$20.00

Only available December 26 through December 30, Family First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate controlled car with large picture windows. Adults (13+) and children (2-12) are served lunch by the car's attendant. Each adult couple receives a souvenir tote bag (1 per couple). Everyone aged 2 years old on up receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day. Limited bar service available. Adult tickets are $94, $54 for children (ages 2-12) and $20 for infants!

Crown Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$66.00 ($67.00 October)$38.00$10.00

Crown Class features assigned seating in a climate controlled car with large picture windows. Everyone over the age of 2 years old receives a souvenir tumbler with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day! Beer and wine available. Adult tickets are $66 ($67.00 October), $38 for children ages 2-12 years old, and $10 for infants 0-23 months.

Coach Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$51.00 ($55.00 October)$29.00 ($31.00 October)Complimentary

Coach Class features open seating in an enclosed car, windows that can be opened for fresh air and taking photos, and are heated and have ceiling fans. Adult tickets are $51 ($55.00 October), $29 ($31.00 October) for children (ages 2-12) and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary.

Open Air Gondola

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$51.00 ($55.00 October)$29.00 ($31.00 October)Complimentary

Open Air Gondolas feature open seating in a car with unobstructed views, half-height walls, and a roof above to protect passengers from the elements. Adult tickets are $51 ($55.00 October), $29 ($31.00 October) for children (ages 2-12) and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary.

Class Comparison

Amenity First Class Family First Class Crown Class Coach Class Open Air Gondola
Meal Included Yes Yes No No No
Lunch Available No No Yes Yes Yes
Restrooms Available Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heat Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Air Conditioning Yes Yes Yes No No
Assigned Seating Yes Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Travel Mug Yes Yes Yes No No
Large Picture Windows Yes Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Tote Bag Yes Yes No No No
Windows Open/Close No No No Yes No
Ceiling Fans No No No Yes No
Ideal for Photography No No No No Yes
Outward Facing Seats No No No No Yes
Padded Seats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Ticket fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee and 6.75% North Carolina sales tax. Schedules, fares, motive power, equipment, seat selection, and meals are subject to change without notice. We guarantee the class of service you select. You will be notified if a change in schedule or motive power affects your reservation. Payment in full at booking by major credit card is required to finalize a reservation. You may cancel your reservation in full or in part and receive a refund less a $14.00 fee per adult ticket and $7.00 fee per child ticket as late as 48 hours before departure. Within 48 hours of the departure the reservation becomes nonrefundable. You may reschedule any time prior to your originally scheduled departure with a $6.00 fee per ticket for another date within the same calendar year. You may not reschedule a reservation after the scheduled departure.

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