The thrill of a train ride is something little boys live for. And, let’s be honest, they aren’t the only ones who crave the excitement of riding the rails and seeing the world from a different perspective. There is something intoxicating about relaxing with a good meal in a comfortable dining car while beautiful countryside whizzes by your window. When you travel by train you find a whole new world of sightseeing opportunity awaits you. It becomes possible to not only get to your destination safely, but you can sit back and enjoy the ride instead of having to worry about maps, cramped car spaces or finding a place to stop for a good meal.
When the family travels by train, the whole family gets to relax and enjoy the trip with the added bonus of getting to see some of the most beautiful countryside the world has to offer. Instead of staring out a car window at an endless expanse of highway, your view is that of open countryside, beautiful mountain ranges and stunning coastlines. Not to mention the excitement for the kids — both the young and the young at heart! When you pick the right train ride to complement your vacation plans the train ride can wind up being more fun than the destination itself.
Ride the Jacobite Through the Highlands of Scotland
If you should happen to find yourself in the U.K., your kids will thank you (and, to be honest, you’re going to enjoy this one yourself) if you take them on the Harry Potter train. The Jacobite steam train, operated by West Coast Railways, takes you on one of the most beautiful scenic train rides in the world through the highlands of Scotland. The 84-mile, round-trip journey takes you from Fort William to Mallaig via the 21-arch Glennfinnan Viaduct of Hogwart’s Express fame.
Travel the Most Scenic Route on the West Coast
America’s Pacific coast offers some of the most spectacular and varied scenery in the country. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight route takes travelers from Seattle to Los Angeles aboard a comfortable sleeper-car train. The 1,377-mile journey showcases the beauty of the West Coast by traveling through the majestic Cascade Mountains, richly wooded forests, rolling hills and fertile farmland, not to mention the sparkling jeweled hues of the Pacific Ocean. The train runs daily and offers handicap accommodations but does not allow pets.
See Switzerland from the Chocolate Train
The Chocolate Train combines beautiful scenery and delectable Swiss Chocolate for a railway experience the whole family will love. This train operates only a few months out of the year in May, June, September and October, so be sure to plan your trip around this sweet treat. With its engine car decorated in gold like a giant chocolate bar, everything about this ride caters to your sweet tooth. While traveling between the Swiss cities of Montreux, Broc (home of the Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory) and Gruyeres and back, the nine-hour trip takes you through the beautiful Swiss countryside while you sip coffee and snack on chocolates and cheese.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.