Who doesn't like
the idea of taking a train ride on a California
vacation? Well some people (including a fair share
of teens,) would say they don't. Rather sitting at
the beach watching the sunbathing action, teens aren't
always open to traditional concept of fun that they
grew up on with Thomas the Train.
California, there are some fun teen trains such as
the Beach Train that goes from Felton to Santa Cruz
BoardWalk. Lots of teenagers ride this "A" ticket.
Also, the Universal Studios Tram Ride features some
thrills not quite the same as the
mild-mannered Disneyland Train.
For the older set
(mature 21+ wine-sippers), the Napa Wine Train is a
dinner train that certainly fits the bill for adult
entertainment. Elegant meals, a tour of the lush
Napa Valley and wine pairings aboard a three hour
excursion make for a very special date you shouldn't
escape when visiting Napa.
and animals all combine in several great rides at
San Diego's Wild Animal Park tram. It takes
you through grasslands similar to other continents
where the animals roam free in a natural
environment. We've seen a few animals take out
smaller prey on this ride, and though the reality is
somewhat filtered, you may see some surprises.
For those seeking
utilitarian rides that still can be fun, try the
Coaster Train from Oceanside to downtown San Diego,
or a cable car ride in San Francisco. People think
we're absolutely nuts, but I and my friends get more
entertainment on the Los Angeles MetroRail trains
than I do sitting at a computer studying this stuff.
MetroRail Blue Line from Long Beach to L.A. is my
favorite, as the journey through Compton and Watts
offers another unique cultural set to view and
enjoy. Don't be afraid! During daylight hours,
wander over to the Watts Tower for an hour, then hop
back aboard the train to Los Angeles, which connects
with Union Station (Amtrak), Hollywood & Highland
(Red Line), or Riverside County (Gold Line?), and
even LAX (Green Line).
Do you need some
California vacation travel tips? When you come equipped, the journey can
be so much more rewarding!