Working parents are less likely to see their children, with a minimum 8-hour workday and a commute time of 24 minutes. To reconnect with their loved ones, more parents choose family-based vacations.

“Americans with children are seeking to use their vacations to reconnect with the family unit,” said Peter Yesawich, chairman and CEO of Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, a leading travel, leisure and entertainment public relations firm. “Consumers want to reconnect with what they feel is really important in their lives.”

The perfect family vacation is what the 71% of parents wish they could do more with their family. A unique and festive way to travel this winter is for those who want to get away from the routine treks to Disney World.

Rocky Mountaineer’s winter train is a magical way to experience the snowcapped holidays. It travels from Vancouver in British Columbia to Banff (Alberta), and then transfers to Calgary, Alberta. Two days of beautiful winter scenery can allow families to reconnect.

In winter, the train has a festive atmosphere with snow-filled valleys and views of glacier-capped mountains peaks. Holiday entertainment, gifts and meals with holiday themes, as well as Santa Claus’ appearance, add to the train’s charm. Adults can embrace the holiday spirit and dance to live jazz in a specialty car bar.

In a private dining room onboard, guests enjoy an á la carte menu of bi-regional cuisine, seasonal dishes and award-winning local wines. For those who are truly festive, eggnog or mulled wine can be enjoyed by passengers.

Winter fun is also available for families when they board the train. You can participate in a variety of winter activities, including dog sledding and skating, Native American winter crafts, and even a snowball fight.

This holiday season, a Rocky Mountaineer vacation can be even more affordable. One child between 2 and 11 years old travels free with two GoldLeaf Service-paying adults. This special is available on Vacation Packages: Winter Wonderland; Canadian Rockies Winter Excursion; A Truly Canadian Christmas and Winter in the Canadian Rockies.

Visit to learn more about a family-friendly trip on the Rocky Mountaineer or for a special promotion for children. www.winterrailvacations.comOr call 1-866-754-8842.