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Best Family Present? A Metrolink Train Ride Together

There’s a reason so many holiday stories feature trains. There’s something magical about sitting together in the comfortable seats and watching the world go by on the way to a special destination.

Here are some of our favorite Metrolink trips for the holidays or any time of year.

Everyone loves San Juan Capistrano, and for good reason. Within an easy walk from the station, there are one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops, and a petting zoo. The famous mission is a must-see and features fascinating history.

Some of California’s best stretches of wide sandy beaches are within minutes of the Metrolink station in San Clemente. Bring your friends, your kids and a willingness to relax and explore. Take a side trip to beautiful Casa Romantica and view the coastline from a different perspective.

Oceanside is an authentic beach town with quiet beaches, a quaint New England-style harbor, historic wooden pier, plenty of craft breweries and relaxing seaside dining. Take the day to chill out in this southern-most destination on the Metrolink line.

Last but never least, Los Angeles is packed with fun places to visits like Chinatown, historic Olvera Street, museums and amazing restaurants.

Discover more about these destinations and other Metrolink Daycations here.

On weekends, adults ride throughout the Metrolink system for only $10 Saturday or Sunday and kids 17 and under ride free.

Through December 31, enter here to win two Metrolink tickets to holiday fun.