PHOTOS: Absolute Best Summer Vacation Spots

Grand Caynon St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans Orlando Niagra Falls

Bring on the sun! And get pumped for awesome warm-weather trips with great Amtrak deals. Summer vacation is right around the corner, so it's time to start planning. We’ve laid out four perfect places to travel during this sizzle-season.

Grand Canyon, Ariz.
Grand in every way possible, this natural wonder is just an Amtrak trip away. From its huge size (it's more than a million acres!) to the colors painted by the eroded sedimentary rocks, you’ll marvel at just how unforgettable the view is. Discover the inner canyon at 4,000 feet deep, go whitewater rafting, or even, ride a mule. Not sure how to start planning your Grand Canyon adventure? We've got you covered with a pre-planned Amtrak Vacation aboard our Southwest Chief.
Route: Southwest Chief
Deal: Save $300 per couple

Orlando, Fla.
Grab the kids, book your train tickets on our Silver Service / Palmetto, and prepare to leave the driving to us. This family-friendly wonderland is home to a variety of exciting, kid-friendly entertainment. Meet a Disney princess in the Magic Kingdom, go behind the scenes at Universal Studios, or ride a lego-themed roller-coaster at LEGOLAND.
Route: Silver Service / Palmetto
Deal: $200 off per family of four

New Orleans, La.
Soak in the unique southern charm of New Orleans this summer. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. It's also a place for thrill-seekers, lovers of music and so much more!
Route: City of New Orleans or Crescent
Deal: 3 Day Getaway from $149

Niagara Falls, NY
Beat the heat with a spray from the biggest splash of water in North America. Niagara Falls flows out 750,000 gallons of water each second! Follow the hiking trails to the outlook  so you can get a good look at this iconic view—the perfect backdrop for a summer #selfie.
Route: Empire Service
Deal: Save $200 per family of four


I waited 23 years to be able to take my trip across country, and this past July to August I Did it! With my 23 year old daughter, by my side. We went from NJ to Washington State. We Rode all the best trains, including the Zephyr and Starlight, it was incredible. My daughter studied photography in college, and in November, after our trip, she started to loose her eye site, all I could think about..besides wanting her healed, was that, I was so thankful we took our trip!! We had the time of our life. Your staff was amazing, we saw things we never dreamed of, even though we had delays and some set backs we always made the most of every moment. Praise God as of last week the Dr's found medication to help her eyes and she is able to set again..What I want to do, is save up for another trip. BUT NO MATTER WHAT we always have that one, and those memories, word of advice to anyone, go by rail, you seem things you never knew were there, our Country is BEAUTIFUL! THANK YOU AMTRAK!