The 5 Best Family Vacations by Train

It’s that time of year again when many families are busy planning their summer vacations, looking for travel ideas and destinations that are fun, economical and most importantly, family-friendly. Luckily, taking a train vacation offers all of these advantages and so much more!

Avoid the stress, inconvenience and cramped accommodations of long road trips and crowded airports. On the train, the entire family has the space and time to spread out and relax. Not to mention the unprecedented views of America’s most amazing scenery. Most of Amtrak’s overnight trains feature dining cars that serve three meals a day, with full menus and table service. And Amtrak has a great kids menu that’s sure to please even the most picky eaters. Whether it’s taking in the scenery from the Sightseer Lounge or playing cards or board games with the kids, family train travel affords quality time to reconnect and arrive to your destination refreshed and relaxed.

Check out these popular Amtrak Vacations Family Adventures for 2017 and happy planning!


visiter le Grand Canyon

Get ready for a memorable family vacation on Amtrak’s iconic Southwest Chief train through the US Southwest, with stops in picturesque Williams, AZ and an unforgettable Grand Canyon excursion on the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Canyon. Make your way around the Canyon on a grand tour featuring some of the most impressive vistas on Earth!

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Orlando, Florida, USA skyline at dusk on Eola Lake.

Experience the magic of Disney World and Universal Studios in family-friendly Orlando with the convenience of bringing your car with you when you travel on Amtrak’s Auto Train! Pack up the car and load it on to the train and relax as you travel south to Florida. From Disney’s Magic Kingdom to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, there is so much to do and see on this family adventure!

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View of Niagara Falls in a sunny day

Enjoy a wonderful family vacation at Niagara Falls, Ontario and explore all that this iconic destination has to offer, from the incredible sightseeing to the many fun attractions in the area! This three-day, two-night adventure includes a wet and wild boat cruise through the falls, and a multi-day hop-on, hop-off tour. Relax by the pool with admission to the giant indoor water park at the hotel, and experience the Niagara fireworks display as you enjoy dinner overlooking the falls. This family adventure is sure to provide plenty of thrills for the whole family!

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Downtown San Diego at night

Southern California is the perfect destination for a family adventure, with the Disneyland Resort and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, and the many attractions such as the iconic Zoo in San Diego. And with the easy transitions between the train stations and hotels in both cities, as well as all of the other inclusions, including three meals, this adventure couldn’t be more family friendly!

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Washington monument with Cherry Blossom over lake with boat, Washington DC.

Enjoy the best of what our Nation’s Capital has to offer with the Washington, DC Family Adventure. Your four-day, three-night trip will give your family the full DC experience with sightseeing at all of the major monuments, Smithsonian museums, and other top Washington attractions. History and politics couples with fun and adventure during your family vacation in Washington, DC!

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In addition to the vacation packages detailed here, Amtrak Vacations travels to 46 of the 48 contiguous United States along with Canada, which means there’s no limit to where you can go by train with your family! Depart from any of the 500+ rail stations across the country. Call us to customize the perfect family rail vacation; tell us the destinations you’d like to visit, desired duration of your trip, tours and activities that interest you, and we’ll develop a perfect itinerary just for you and your family!

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