These are not your typical train trips.
The 2022 season of the Rocky Mountaineer has launched, with the first of four different routes along western Canada and the Colorado Rockies now in service. The remaining three launch in the coming days.
These trains offer glass-domed travel that showcases the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains and western Canada.
“Our world-renowned train travels by daylight and is the best way to experience some of the most spectacular scenery North America has to offer,” the company said of its trips.
Routes that have opened, or will open in the coming days, include:
Rockies To The Red Rocks
This train travels from Denver to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and on to Moab, Utah. There are also options to begin or end your trip in Salt Lake City or Las Vegas. The route includes views of Ruby Canyon, Mount Garfield, and crosses the Continental Divide.
First Passage To The West
Launching April 25, this 2-day Canadian trip begins in Vancouver, British Columbia, and heads east through Kamloops and on to Banff and Lake Louise. You travel through the Spiral Tunnels, cross the Continental Divide, and wind through mountain passes and canyons.
Journey Through The Clouds
Launching April 26, this is a second option for a 2-day Canadian trip. Also starting in Vancouver and traveling to Kamloops, day 2 heads to Jasper. You’ll travel along the Fraser River, through Hell’s Gate, past Pyramid Falls, and near Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Rainforest To Gold Rush
A third Canadian option launching May 7, and the only 3-day trip available, starts in Vancouver and travels to Whistler, Quesnel, and Jasper. You’ll experience both Whistler and Mount Robson, travel past hidden lakes, and experience wilderness.
All of the trips have the option to go the opposite direction, and also the option of making them a round trip.
The most interesting feature of the Rocky Mountaineer trains is the glass-domed cars, which give riders a panoramic view as they travel. They also feature outdoor viewing areas, storytelling hosts, full meals, and reclining, pre-assigned seating.
The trains also feature locally-inspired cuisine and daytime only travel. The trains stop for the night, and guests sleep in the comfort of a hotel and not a sleeper car on board.
Customers have the option of silver-leaf or gold-leaf service. The latter includes a bi-level dome, with seating above and dining below.
Prices vary based on which trip is chosen, which level of service, and whether it’s one-way or round-trip. Pricing begins at $1,344 per person. There are discounts for couples available.