Traveling the countryside without adding miles to your car may sound like a riddle, but it’s really just a clever family travel plan offering the best of both worlds. Enjoy quality time with the family and view rolling scenery without having eyes on the road with train travel.
It’s one of the oldest transportation options in the book and a beloved family favorite for good reason.
Hit the road the old-time way with this list of must-try train tours through the United States. Don’t let the mode of transportation fool you, this good, old-fashioned road trip boasts modern digs, well-planned itineraries, room for creativity and all sorts of comfort.
For adventure families and groups looking for a slightly epic wilderness experience, Alaska is already on your list. Travel deep into the Alaskan wilderness without the actual fear for survival aspect on a Vacations by Rail tour. Begin in Anchorage with visits to Denali National Park, including a bus tour through the wilderness. Read the full itinerary and all that’s included.
Another America by Rail tour, guests of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tour Albuquerque, New Mexico, by rail, enjoying the iconic fall festival. For families seeking an all-around good time, traveling by rail to an already travel-worthy festival is a great way to extend your trip and take the pressure off yourselves for planning activities.
Go big or go home with an America From Coast to Coast tour, again by America by Rail. This 12-day trip brings families and train-loving travelers through the country with sightseeing tours, high-speed trains and fun stops along the way.
Take the scenic East by storm in August with an America by Rail tour through Cape Cod, Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. The nine-day tour brings families through the famously beautiful region, all with the comforts of high-end rail service.
For anyone less enthusiastic about sitting on a train for an extended period of time, the Napa Valley Wine Train is a perfect blend of train transportation and freedom. Visit nearby wineries in style, some better for adult children while others are for all ages, but choose a timeline that works for your family. Guests can hop on the train for a quick lunch tour, dinner experience or half- and full-day tours.
Cruising is among the best ways to see a region’s highlights without the hassle of driving, foreign languages or changing hotels. But veteran cruise passengers often get a lot more value from their experience than first-time cruisers simply because they know the ropes.
Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
While large areas of Colorado are experiencing exponential growth with far too many trees being clear-cut (it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country), it’s still the home for great businesses striving to make the world a little greener. Those businesses include Sherpani, creators of women’s day bags, backpacks and travel bags, including a line of sophisticated, beautifully crafted items made from recycled plastic.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.