All Aboard for Adventure: Luxury Train Travel through the Rockies

Sep 19, 2023Train

If you love adventure and train travel, then you will like Rocky Mountaineer. They invite you to embark on a journey like no other. From April to October, this iconic train service offers four distinct routes that wind through the breathtaking landscapes of Western Canada and the mesmerizing desert terrain of the Southwestern United States.

These 3-to-5-day trips unveil rugged canyons, winding rivers, and a tapestry of rich history, all leading you to the grandeur of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Exploring the Routes

Start your adventure in the idyllic city of Vancouver, from there you can choose routes that take you to Jasper, Kamloops, and the iconic Lake Louise / Banff.

Explore the U.S. route, “Rockies to the Red Rocks,” a 2-day expedition from Denver to Glenwood Springs and then Moab, or vice versa. This route offers vast canyons and red sandstone landscapes that twist gracefully through the bright blue sky.

Luxury Meets Adventure

Rocky Mountaineer ensures that you’re in for an unforgettable experience. But this isn’t just a mode of transportation, they seamlessly blend the nostalgia and romance of rail travel with the modern comforts of onboard luxury. When you step on board your primary concerns will be deciding from their delectable lunch options and ensuring you have enough space on your camera’s memory card.

Tailoring Your Experience

Whether you love history, nature, or adventure, we can pair you with the perfect route. If you are looking for more time on the train, consider the Circle Journey that combines all Western Canada routes.

Daylight Adventure

One of their unique features is that their trains operate during daylight hours, cruising at a leisurely pace of 28 miles per hour. This unhurried speed allows you to savor every picturesque view. Rocky Mountaineer even slows down the train to offer you the perfect opportunity to capture stunning photos through their expansive glass-domed coaches.

Designed for Scenic Views

They understand that the true star of the show is the breathtaking scenery their trains traverse. That’s why they’ve meticulously designed their luxurious rail coaches with spacious, all-dome configurations. Their commitment is to ensure that you don’t miss a single moment of the awe-inspiring landscapes as you journey through remote regions inaccessible by any other means.

GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf Service

Their bi-level GoldLeaf Service coaches offer an extraordinary experience. With a dining area on the lower level and an upper-level seating area featuring panoramic views through full glass dome windows, you can indulge in unparalleled scenery from the comfort of your seat. Additionally, the outdoor viewing platforms provide the opportunity to breathe fresh air while capturing that perfect snapshot.

The single-level SilverLeaf Service coaches have oversized glass dome windows displaying unobstructed views. You can also enjoy the convenience of seat-side meal service, ensuring you are fully immersed in the journey’s beauty without missing a single detail.

Seamless Comfort

As the day transitions to evening, your comfort is a priority. Bid farewell to cramped train cabins and tedious check-ins. Your luggage accompanies you to thoughtfully selected hotels along the route, eliminating the hassle of handling bags. You can choose to relax in the comfort of your room or venture out to explore the local charm of your destination.

Culinary Excellence

Now, let’s tantalize your taste buds! In addition to the captivating scenery, you’ll savor the finest cuisine and libations. Rocky Mountaineer’s French-trained Executive Chefs curate menus inspired by seasonal ingredients prepared using locally sourced products inspired by the regions of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. These culinary masterpieces are complemented by award-winning British Columbia wines and locally crafted beers, with delectable snacks available throughout the day.

A Day Aboard Rocky Mountaineer

So, what does a day aboard Rocky Mountaineer look like? It’s a symphony of experiences:

Sunrise: A warm welcome and streamlined check-in by Destination Hosts at the train station.

Early Morning: Board the train, discover pre-assigned seats, and enjoy a welcome toast with onboard Hosts.

Morning: Savor a sumptuous breakfast with scenic views.

Throughout the Day: Be captivated by mesmerizing landscapes, wildlife sightings, and captivating stories from Hosts.

Early Afternoon: Relish a leisurely onboard lunch and enjoy camaraderie with fellow passengers.

Sunset: Arrive at the destination station, where you’ll seamlessly transfer to your evening accommodations.

A Journey Beyond the Ordinary

In essence, Rocky Mountaineer isn’t just a train journey; it’s a portal to a world of natural beauty, culinary excellence, and camaraderie. It’s a journey that transcends the ordinary, offering a profound connection to the breathtaking landscapes and rich history of the Rocky Mountains.


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Meet Rhonda

I got my first taste of helping others travel as an international flight attendant. Then after decades of corporate life, I returned to my deepest passion—travel—and founded Enjoy Life Vacations in 2012.

My motivation? I don’t like to see people put off traveling, not only because tomorrow is never guaranteed—but because travel enriches our lives in so many ways. It gives you a deep appreciation for the world, its people and shows you how connected we really are.