Growing up, I traveled on Amtrak at least annually, for our family vacation to Walt Disney World. My father worked for Amtrak, and so that was our preferred mode of transportation, even for the long trip from Providence to Orlando. Although I always yearned to hop on a plane and be in Florida in three hours, I grew to love the train. For me, those are some of my favorite family travel memories from when I was a kid – utoeating in the dining car, changing trains at Penn Station, sleeping in a teeny-tiny roomette…
Now, 20+ years later, Amtrak still provides families a great way to travel. Our personal favorite is the Acela high-speed train, which goes from Boston to Washington DC. The Acela offers comfortable seats, electric outlets in each row, and free WiFi! With the early check-in time and security checks required to travel by plane, the Acela is almost as fast as an airplane (and it stops right in Manhattan)!
Traveling to Florida? Many families enjoy taking the Auto Train, which travels from Lorton, VA (near Washington, DC) to Sanford, FL (near Orlando). You won’t have to rent a car when you arrive, but you’ll still get to rest and relax on your journey.
Do you travel by train?