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Best Year-Round Train Tours

by Angelique Platas

Oct 21, 2018

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Take to the open country and explore the United States the old-fashioned way, by rail. No matter the age, there’s nothing like sitting back and enjoying the scenery of a new, or beloved, destination with the family. Don’t worry about navigating, driving and trying to enjoy the ride. Just find a cozy spot with the family, grab some snacks and refreshments and watch the scenery roll by.


Choose the destination and riding style that best suits your family, from Alaska’s vast wild landscape to the fine wine and rolling vineyards of California’s wine country.


America By Rail

Already a big name in the train tour game, America by Rail is beloved by families of avid travelers and novice explorers. It’s one of the best places to begin when booking a tour-by-rail family vacation. Peruse the seemingly endless list of tours, destinations and travel opportunities across the country — some, even Europe. European destinations come with a bit more planning and work, but are definitely worth the effort.


Explore tour options within the States from east to west and national parks to Canada and Alaska. See Cape Cod, Boston and Martha’s Vineyard in August, or explore Albuquerque, New Mexico, during the balloon festival in the fall. Check out the full tour list here and plan your railway journey. This diverse option lends well for any age and interest; the only trouble will be narrowing down tour options.


Napa Valley Wine Train

Bring along the older children and enjoy fine wine, food and scenery. Even the little ones enjoy romping around in wine country. They can press their faces up against the glass, checking out the incredible landscape, while you sit back and enjoy some quality time with local samplings. The Napa Valley Wine Train allows guests to choose by winery and tour, including a journey to the Castle, Ambassador, Raymond or Grgich Hills Winery.


Further customize your trio with a variety of excursions and take in the view from the train’s impressive lounges, dining cars and glass-dome seating areas. Enjoy the luxury service, accommodations and top-notch dining of the Napa Valley Wine Train — perfect for couples, all ages, but most importantly, family travelers that will appreciate the high-end atmosphere.


Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train

For something a bit more rustic, check out the Durango & Silverton in Durango, Colorado. The Narrow Gauge Railroad Train is a historic landmark in these parts and built on tighter tracks than your standard train — providing impressively sharper turns. Bring the kids, any age, and tour the wild, rustic beauty of the area around mountainsides and along steep cliffs and canyon edges.


Built during the mining boom in the 1800s, the Durango & Silverton provides incredible wild beauty on the outside and unique history within. Check out special packages and rates for a ride and hotel or opt for an event like Shamrock Express for St. Patrick’s Day or Narrow Gauge Day in May — best for young kids and history buffs.


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