When it comes to modes of travel, I definitely have my favorites. Driving a car gives you the freedom to do and see what you want. Flying gets you places fast. Buses can be a good alternative to both driving and flying.
But my absolute favorite mode of transport? Definitely TRAINS.
I've traveled by train on four different continents – I've traveled through Eastern Europe by train, enjoyed scenic trains in New Zealand, taken overnight trains in Asia, and even rode the Harry Potter train in Scotland.
There's just something about train travel – maybe the rhythmic sound of wheels on track, or the gentle rocking that often lulls me to sleep, or the fact that railway tracks often take you through some of the best scenery. Whatever it is, I absolutely love this form of travel.
And in September, I got to experience the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train into the Canadian Rockies.
The Rocky Mountaineer is one for bucket lists – it's a luxury train with glass-domed cars that chugs along at a leisurely pace through some of Canada's most striking scenery. You enjoy local wine, multi-course meals, entertaining commentary, and some outstanding service – if you can stay in your seat long enough (I myself was constantly up and down to take in the amazing view).
The Rocky Mountaineer is not the quickest way to see western Canada. And it's certainly not the cheapest, either. But damn, is it special.
I did a modified 7-day itinerary in late September with Rocky Mountaineer. I took the Coastal Passage route from Seattle to Vancouver, had a couple days to explore Vancouver, and then spent two days on the Rocky Mountaineer's First Passage to the West route, with a free day in Lake Louise at the end.
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And all I can say is… WOW. What a unique way to experience Canada! Keep scrolling to see some of my favorite photos from this trip.
My Rocky Mountaineer Adventure in Photos
These photos sum up my trip in a way that words simply cannot. From the views out over the train from the bi-level, glass-domed car I rode in (the ones that make it look like I'm sitting on top of the train), to the vibrant yellows of autumn, to the lakes and mountains and quickly-changing landscapes of western Canada, it was a truly incredible journey.
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Is a train journey like this on YOUR bucket list?
*Note: I was a guest of Rocky Mountaineer on this trip. But, as always, all opinions (and photos) are my own!
I agree – such a wonderful way to see any country, really!