Why Your Next Family Vacation Should Be On a Train

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Chicago to New Orleans on Amtrak
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Chicago to New Orleans on Amtrak

Board at 8 p.m., and the following afternoon you’ll be ready to tackle the Big Easy’s wild brew of culture. Kids don’t need to see Bourbon Street to get a handle on Nola’s party vibe. It’s in the rainbow-colored Creole houses of the French Quarter, the buskers of Jackson Square, the impromptu trumpet blasts and parades. Don’t miss criss-crossing the city on the St. Charles Streetcar, taking a mule-drawn carriage ride through the historic Garden District, ingesting a Po’boy on the banks of the Mississippi, and experiencing an evening at Rock and Bowl, an old school bowling alley with dance floor where there is a nightly lineup of zydeco, funk, blues and “swamp pop.” [A family bedroom for two adults and two kids (including meals), from $163, amtrak.com]

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