What if we told you there was a way to have a worry-free family adventure this summer? Well, it’s true and you can do it by riding with Amtrak !

Whether you engage your kids in the oral traditional of family storytelling or squad up and break out the deck of cards for a mean game of Spades, this is your opportunity to create new lasting memories. If you prefer a simpler approach, put your phone on vibrate, stick it in your backpack and live in the present as you gaze out onto the country’s beautiful landscapes. Take a moment to take it all in. After all, the journey is just as worthwhile as the destination.

We found 10 family-friendly train trips you can take by train that will allow you to sit back and relax as you travel to exhilarating new places that are the cornerstone of our great country.

2Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NAAMHC). (Credit-AlanKarchmer)

From the moment the train pulls into D.C.’s Union Station on Massachusetts Avenue, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, your family will be buzzing with excitement in anticipation of all that lies in store.

There’s so much to see and do, and places to explore in the nation’s capital. Swing by Howard University to introduce your kids to one of the country’s most prominent historically black colleges (HBCU), and by all means secure tickets in advance to the magnificent Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NAAMHC). Gaze in solemn remembrance and reflection at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and if you travel in July or August, you can catch The Color Purple at the Kennedy Center.