Dinner train tours are becoming more and more popular in recent years. You can enjoy a meal with friends and fellow diners as you ride across the countryside. There are train tours that wind through the mountains, and others that take you through a prairie. It's hard to imagine having a bad time on a dinner train; that's highly unlikely. However, there are ways to help ensure you have as great of a time as possible!
Pay attention to the menu when booking.
Most dinner train experiences serve you a large, four or five-course meal. Because there is so much food, it's important to choose a menu that you'll really enjoy. This comes down to preference, obviously. You might prefer an Italian menu, while someone else may prefer a French menu. So, before you book a tour, make sure you look closely at the items on the menu and read a little more about each dish.
Don't drink too much.
If you are someone who drinks alcohol, there will be plenty available on most dinner trains. By all means, order yourself a martini or your favorite beer. But do try to avoid drinking too much. The tour will be a few hours long, so make sure you moderate your drinking in the beginning so you don't end up too tipsy by the end. The movement of the drain may make you nauseous if you over-indulge. Bear this in mind and drink in moderation so you can fully enjoy the entire dinner and train trip.
Remind yourself to look out the window.
On the train tour, there are two big things going on. You're riding through some gorgeous countryside, and you're being served delicious cuisine. It's really easy to get so immersed in the meal that you forget to look out the window! So, make a conscious effort to remind yourself to look now and then. If you are dining with a group, consider assigning one person the task of saying "look out the window!" every few minutes. Or, you can all take turns reminding the group whenever you think about it. Some dining tours have a tour guide who will point out certain things as you pass them, which can also be helpful.
Dinner tours can be a ton of fun, especially if you follow the tips above. Look for a tour that visits an area you enjoy and offers a menu that you like, and book it.