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Family Vacations in the USA

Family Train Vacations

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
Heritage Tour
4.3 stars(163 reviews)
Independent
2024JulAugSepOctNovDec
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6 days from
$1,188 pp
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Rocky Mountain Colorado Autumn
3.9 stars(16 reviews)
Independent
2024JulAugSepOct
2025MayJunJulAugSepOct
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9 days from
$2,306 pp
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Field of Wildflowers in Glacier
Heritage Tour
4.4 stars(34 reviews)
Independent
2024JulAug
2025JulAug
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7 days from
$1,952 pp
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5 days from
$1,404
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Sunny Day At Glacier National Park
4.3 stars(7 reviews)
Independent
2024JulAugSep
2025JunJulAugSep
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$1,274 pp
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Desert View Watchtower
4.5 stars(18 reviews)
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$944 pp
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Niagara Falls Aerial View
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4.2 stars(19 reviews)
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2024JulAugSepOct
2025MayJunJulAugSepOct
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4 days from
$736 pp
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Yosemite National Park
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2024JulAugSepOct
2025JunJulAugSepOct
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8 days from
$2,655 pp
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St Mary Lake In Glacier Park
4.3 stars(19 reviews)
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2024JulAug
2025JulAug
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$1,822 pp
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Glacier Park Lodge
5.0 stars(9 reviews)
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2024JulAugSep
2025JulAugSep
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$1,339 pp
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Sunrise in Winter at the Grand Canyon
4.4 stars(21 reviews)
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2024NovDec
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$1,188 pp
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Empire Builder to Glacier National Park
4.1 stars(28 reviews)
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2024JulAug
2025JulAug
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7 days from
$1,887 pp
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
11/Jun
MARK CASEY
5 stars
“Everyone was very polite, friendly and helpful. Hotels and train were clean and comfortable. We are going to take another trip.
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New York to Niagara Falls
5/Jun
David
5 stars
“Nice trip.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
28/Apr
cindy galindo
5 stars
“Great adventure. Exciting way to see the countryside. New perspective
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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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