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Family-friendly vacations and rail tours are the perfect complements. These fun family trips start the minute you board the train and include many built-in benefits. Relax on the train and leave the navigation and driving to someone else. Best of all, there's no need to stop for rest breaks, meals, or overnights. Everything you need is on the train, from a choice of onboard accommodations to delicious meals from the Café or in the full-service Dining car.

America's National Parks are some of the most popular family vacation destinations. Grand Canyon National Park often tops the list of places to go with the family, and it's easy to see why. It's one of the Natural Wonders of the World and is also one of the most visited attractions globally. A rail vacation to the South Rim is perfect for spring break, summer, or any other time of the year. Glacier National Park is a great family vacation destination, known for its historic lodges and breathtaking scenery. Yosemite National Park, home to thundering waterfalls and some of the world's tallest and oldest trees, offers an array of outdoor adventures for kid-friendly vacations. Additional family vacation ideas include California's coastal cities; New York City with its impressive museums, eclectic neighborhoods, and Broadway shows; and Washington, DC, brimming with historic landmarks.

Consider these well-planned rail itineraries for your next family vacation.

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Grand Canyon Sunset
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Cumbres Toltec
2022JunJulAug
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Coast Starlight
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Rocky Mountain Colorado Autumn
4.6 stars(9 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Exploring Yosemite National Park
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2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Yosemite National Park
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Empire Builder to Glacier National Park
4.4 stars(18 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
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Field of Wildflowers in Glacier
4.8 stars(23 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
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St Mary Lake In Glacier Park
4.7 stars(12 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
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Glacier Parks Lakes and Wildflowers
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2022JunJulAugSep
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Glacier Park Lodge
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2022JunJulAugSep
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Our customers love our Family Vacations tours
Glacier National Park & Chicago
10/Oct
Cheryl
5 stars
“Vacations by Rail took care of all the details and we had a wonderful, relaxing time in Glacier National Park.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
21/Sep
Joanne C., Two Rivers, WI
5 stars
“Everything went as planned from the ease of booking the trip, to the hotel arrangements and the rail reservations.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
20/Sep
Leticia
5 stars
“EASY TRAVEL, GREAT ADVENTURE ,OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE ALL THE WAY AROUND . A MUST DO ON YOUR LIFE LIST !!
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Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - Chicago to Seattle
18/Sep
Nancy
5 stars
“Vacation by Rail made it very easy to book our trip, and answered all our pre-trip questions quickly. The train staff was polite and helpful, and facilitated boarding and debarking the train. Additionally, the service and qualify of food in the dining car were impressive. We very much enjoyed watching the countryside from our cabin. However, the train tracks themselves have not been well-maintained, making for a rocky riding experience. Sadly, St. Mary's Lodge was experiencing staffing shortages and turmoil, making the dining experience there fairly unenjoyable. The park itself was spectacular. Very glad we made the trip.
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Glacier National Park Escape-Chicago to Seattle
17/Sep
RKCharlton
5 stars
“We enjoyed the experience through Vacations by Rail.
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California Zephyr with Yellowstone National Park
3/Sep
Lana B, Houston, TX
5 stars
“The package put together by Vacations By Rail went above and beyond what I could have done on my own. They really considered logistics when booking overnight hotels and rental car pick up/drop off. Overall as our first experience with long distance rail travel, I am very happy we chose Vacations By Rail.
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Glacier National Park & Seattle
17 Dec 2018
Kristi B, Salem, OR
5 stars
“All of the travel arrangements went well - every vendor had our reservation. It didn't hurt that the lodge accommodations were fantastic as well as the weather and scenery!
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California Zephyr with Yosemite National Park - Chicago to San Francisco
13/Oct
Michel
4 stars
“It would have been a 5 stars , if we had decided to rent a room, not a roomette, sharing toilettes and shower was not good .
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Glacier National Park Escape-Chicago Roundtrip
16 Aug 2019
Sharla
4 stars
“The trip was a new experience for us! We traveled overnight on Amtrak for the first time and enjoyed our first visit the Glacier National park. Overall, it was a good trip.
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