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.


Chicago skyline at sunset. (Fotolio)

A relaxing train ride to Chicago will give your family time and space to unwind from the demands of the busy school year. As the train pulls into the iconic Union Station on South Canal street, you’ll immediately appreciate the masterful architecture that downtown Chicago has to offer. Visit the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Museum of Science & Industry on the city’s South side (where you may in fact run into the Obamas) or catch a family-friendly performance at one of over 200 Chicago theaters.

Whether your family is interested in tasting the famed Harold’s Fried Chicken (four piece, mild sauce with sauce on the fries, please) or dining at one of the city’s many Michelin-star restaurants, there is so much to see, do and taste in the Windy City. And don’t forget to check out the Taste of Chicago in July), the world’s largest food festival, before boarding your train back home. Chicago never disappoints.