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Train Tours for Road Trippers

by Angelique Platas

Dec 11, 2019

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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.


Alaska Circle Tour Rail & Car

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.


Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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.


America Coast to Coast

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.


Cape Cod, Boston and Martha’s Vineyard

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.


Napa Valley Wine Train

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.


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