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.
The Westin hotel group is particularly adept at creating — and maintaining — family-oriented yet kitsch-free environments that are upscale without being stodgy. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, just east of Palm Spring’s city center in residential Rancho Mirage, epitomizes the hotel group’s philosophy. With upgrades in the works for 2020, including an on-site bowling alley, it offers a tranquil desert mountain setting, convenient location off major roads, and a cozy community feel that makes visitors feel a little less like tourists.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
History may be written by the winners, but there are plenty of names missing from textbooks that are worth knowing — especially women’s history. Here’s one noteworthy women your family will appreciate knowing a little more about.
Setting sail to explore the world instantly makes anyone an adventurer, right? Not if you’re stuck in a kids club playing video games or making beaded keychains. Here are the best kids clubs striving to enrich your child’s experience while cruising — all while giving you the time you need to have your own impression of the destinations.
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Recent studies suggest gifting children with experiences rather than things is better for their development. Even if you went a little overboard with “stuff” this holiday season, resolve to do better in 2020 and take your kids on a trip to inspire their curiosity, creativity and sense of wonder.