What kid doesn’t love a train ride? Perk up your family travels with one of these excursions on vintage steam trains, complete with all the chug-chug and toot-toot any kid could ask for.
The Wilmington & Western Railroad travels at a leisurely pace through the wooded landscapes of Delaware’s Red Clay Valley, northwest of Wilmington. The rail line has operated since 1872, when it was built to carry products of valley mills to the port of Wilmington. You’ll pass through nature reserves and small towns, see one of the state’s three covered bridges and cross a rare iron bridge. You can even charter a trip in the train’s red caboose for your child’s birthday party.
The Missionary Ridge Local is a 65-minute excursion on the Tennessee Valley Railroad, traveling from Grand Junction to East Chattanooga. The train crosses four bridges and passes through a horseshoe-shaped tunnel built before the Civil War. You’ll also stop to see a demonstration of the historic turntable that turns trains around.
In Connecticut, combine a vintage steam train ride with a riverboat cruise by traveling through idyllic New England towns on an Essex Steam Train & Riverboat excursion. You’ll have a choice of vintage rail cars, including the luxurious Pullman, as the train travels along the valley and through tidal wetlands where you can spot swans, blue heron, egrets and red-winged blackbirds — or, in winter, bald eagles.
For a longer trip through spectacular mountain scenery, ride in a steam train that’s also a National Historic Landmark. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the longest and highest authentic steam railroad in North America. The train steams its way between Colorado and New Mexico, crossing the state borders 11 times. In its 65-mile journey, the train travels along canyons, through tunnels and a rocky gorge, and across the 137-foot Cascade Trestle. As the train goes through forests and across high plains, kids may spot antelope fox, elk, deer or bear.
There’s no reason to shiver your way through the holidays this month. Family travelers can escape to Mexico for the season with family-friendly Christmas offerings at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
As family travelers get ready for the holiday and gift-giving season, this thrilling and unique offer from SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort should be on all travelers’ radar. The new SkyBridge Michigan Flex Ticket is the perfect experience-style gift for your adventure-loving loved one.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
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.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.