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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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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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Heritage Tour
4.3 stars(142 reviews)
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$1,165 pp
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Niagara Falls Aerial View
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4.2 stars(17 reviews)
2024MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Sunny Day At Glacier National Park
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4.3 stars(7 reviews)
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
20 Feb 2024
REGINA NELL GREGG
5 stars
“We had such a great time!!! The only thing we would have preferred is if we had the option to stay at El Tovar instead of Moswick. We would have been willing to pay extra for that.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
05 Feb 2024
CONNIE DODSON
5 stars
“Married 33 yrs and our 1st train trip together! We had no idea what to expect and were very happy with all aspects of the vacation by rail. First, Dorian D at vacations by rail is an asset to the company. She answered alllll of my questions kindly and patiently. Had she not been so, i doubt l would have booked as it was a spur of the moment decision to call. Next, the Amtrak meals and service were outstanding! Picture riding along at sunset, enjoying a delicious 3 course meal, prepared and served with a rocking smile! The Grand Canyon Railway hotel, Judy and Lindsey shuttled us safely, the train and robbers were great, as were the musicians and conductors/guides. Maswik staff Beau, Chelsea, and team were welcoming, kind, and helpful. We will travel.this.way again
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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
10 Jan 2024
ALLYN RICCI
5 stars
“It was a wonderful quick getaway for me, my husband, and 2 kids. They loved the train and we all experienced the Grand Canyon for the first time together. We will definitely be using Vacations by Rail for another adventure!
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Glacier National Park Escape - Seattle Roundtrip
27 Sep 2023
George Foglesong
5 stars
“People on the train and lodge were great, friendly and very helpful
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Empire Builder with Glacier National Park - Chicago to Seattle
09 Sep 2023
JULIA ADAMS
5 stars
“The ride was as comfortable as it could be for the space confinement of a train. We got the roomette which was well worth the upgrade over coach. All meals were included and you can lay down to sleep. There is a private cabin available for quite a bit more money where there is a sink and private toilet/shower. It’s nice to let someone else do the driving while you just sit and look at the scenery or rest.
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Glacier National Park & Seattle
26 Sep 2022
KATHLEEN TURNBULL
5 stars
“Our trip was cancelled because of potential railway strike. We are waiting to hear about reimbursement.
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California Zephyr with Yosemite National Park - Chicago to San Francisco
23 Oct 2021
Michael
5 stars
“We enjoyed the experience. Considering the unavoidable space restrictions on a train, the goog use of all spaces was impressive.
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Glacier National Park Escape - Chicago to Seattle
17 Sep 2021
RKCharlton
5 stars
“We enjoyed the experience through Vacations by Rail.
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New York to Niagara Falls
07 Nov 2023
JUDITH SKINNER
4 stars
“I believe it was good value for the money. Would definitely recommend.
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