You’ve traveled by car and by plane—but your kids have never seen America like this. For your next family adventure, hop on board one of these amazing train trips and get ready to take in some seriously beautiful views. Rail travel might seem like a thing of the past, but we guarantee your kids will love these stunning U.S. train rides
Located just south of , the provides plenty of options for the whole family, including the one-hour Calera & Shelby Saturday Train Ride that chugs through the beautiful forests of Shelby County and kid-friendly events like the Pumpkin Patch Express and the Santa Special.
Make the most of a visit to Alaska by riding on , a 12-hour journey from to . On a clear day, you'll have full view of the train's namesake landmark, (formerly Mount McKinley), which is the tallest peak in North America.
The offers a 65-mile, 2 hour and 15 minute train ride along the edge of the , at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Don't forget to look into the company's popular , offered during the holiday season.
The is open April through October and travels along the restored Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad. In November, the railway offers a distinctive off-season experience with its Saturday Excursion Trains. Have a lovely meal in the 1920s Eurekan Dining Car and view the fall leaves.
Instead of traveling down California's by car, consider taking in views of the ocean via Amtrak's , which travels from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, a journey that's approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes of pure scenic bliss
It doesn’t get much more rough and rowdy than this. Imagine that you’re a 19th-century cowboy and take a ride on the . Choose the Cascade Canyon Excursion and ride a coal-fired locomotive as it chugs along 45 miles of rails originally constructed in 1882. The views of the can’t be beat.
Travel by land and by water during an unforgettable excursion the whole family is sure to love. offers a two and a half-hour jaunt that includes a 12-mile ride on a steam locomotive through the Connecticut River Valley. Then, board the Becky Thatcher riverboat and glide in style along the .
You might feel as if you’ve traveled in a time machine when you hop onto a train at the . Choose the historic Mt. Cuba Meteor to ride through Delaware’s Red Clay Valley and have a picnic lunch on the Hockessin Flyer, which travels the entire length of the 17-mile line.
Soak up palm trees and lush greenery as you enjoy a 13-mile round trip on a diesel train through the . Don’t miss the museum’s fun events, like the Wild West Train Robbery or the North Pole Express.
Take in Georgia's beautiful , , and Toccoa River during this four-hour open-air ride with . Don't miss their "Firecracker Special," which includes a festive firework show
Now this is a unique way to see Hawaii! Book a ride with the and you’ll coast along through jungles and farmland in a reproduction train from the period of King Kalakaua. The conductor will stop during the trip to allow travelers to hike in a rainforest and pick their own tropical fruits.
As Idaho’s , you’ll be amazed at the scenery as you travel alongside the Payette River and . For an exceptionally one-of-a-kind experience, book the “Raft and Rails” package in which participants take an hour and a half-long train ride to the rapids of the Payette River. Get ready for a heart-pounding rafting adventure!
Your kids will love seeing all of the cool trains on display at the . This huge place holds the largest collection of historic railway equipment in North America. After taking in all that history, hit the rails for a 45-minute ride on a train of yore.
The in Connersville, Indiana takes visitors to , a restored canal town with a working grist mill, horse-drawn canal boat, shops, restaurants, and more.
In the midst of the quiet Iowa cornfields, you’ll find an authentic railroad offering a myriad of events and excursions. The offers rides in 1920s coach cars through a picturesque valley, and they have dinner and picnic trains, too. We think the Wolf Dessert Train featuring seasonal treats sounds especially fun.
Speed along through the Kansas countryside on a steam locomotive from the . In addition to their regular passenger trains, the railroad also has dinner train rides complete with classic red-and-white checkered tablecloths and tasty fare.
New Haven, Kentucky is home to the , the oldest rail museum in the state. See the rolling green fields and farmland from a locomotive or book a private excursion on the caboose. Now that’s a cool idea for a birthday party!
Start in the grand city of New Orleans and head out to equally grand landscapes on an the tour between Louisiana and California. You’ll scope out bayous, deserts, and mountains during this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
This peaceful 35-minute train ride with the allows you to see the splendor of Portland up close, riding along the Eastern Promenade of Casco Bay.
For a wide variety of different train excursions, look no further than Cumberland’s . They have family-focused trips that include a Fall Foliage Experience and Christmas Trains, and they also offer an adults-only New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Train.
There’s a good reason why this railroad has been featured on the Food Network show Dining on the Train. The specializes in exquisite adventures through sand dunes, cranberry bogs, and sandy shores, all while you dine or listen to a narrator share history on the area.
, Michigan’s is a top destination for Henry Ford fans (you can take a ride in a real Model T!) and train enthusiasts alike. The historic attraction provides rides on the Weiser Railroad where you’ll be pulled by one of the oldest steam engines in existence.
This is one of the best ways to see Lake Superior. Although a walk along the lake would be pleasant, a train ride with Duluth’s is even better. During the summer, board the Duluth Zephyr to see waterfront views of Lake Superior and the Lester River.
See the very best of the South during this amazing trip from . During the which includes jaunts to and , you’ll also get the chance to go on an incredible Mississippi jazz sightseeing cruise.
You’ll marvel at the grandeur of the Ozarks when you take a ride with the . After making its way through Branson, the route dips down into Arkansas, and you can pick either a Regular Excursion or the Dinner Train.
This short-but-sweet train ride with the is only 15 minutes long, but it’s definitely worth it. Between Virginia City and Nevada City, you’ll travel on what’s called the “short line” and behold towering pines and Montana terrain.
The railroad at Omaha’s is a real-life tale of the Little Engine That Could. You might be picturing one of those small trains for kids that travels around a zoo, but this one is in its own category: it’s a steam locomotive that rides along a heritage railroad and carries over 200,000 visitors per year. It’s an entertaining way to see the zoo’s animal residents.
Hitch a ride on a century-old train at the and try out a new way to stargaze. The museum offers an excursion called the Great Basin Star Train which travels to a remote area of the Steptoe Valley that’s famous for its pristine star-viewing. There, local rangers set up telescopes and share their astronomical knowledge.
Open late April through November, the in offers a thrilling adventure as you ascend the 6,288-foot summit of . Once at the top of the three-mile track, you'll be surrounded by mountain views as you travel through New Hampshire and Maine as well as an eastern view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Make family memories with a ride on New Jersey’s . Jump on a steam locomotive and participate in themed rides, like the North Pole Express and Pumpkin Junction excursions.