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  • Cacinda Maloney | July 21, 2015 4:15 PM ET

    Rocky Mountaineer: The World's Greatest Trip

    Rocky Mountaineer: The World's Greatest Trip

    PHOTO: Courtesy Rocky Mountaineer.

    My dad is a car guy. I believe once a car guy, always a car guy. Any extra money he had was always spent in that direction. My mom, on the other hand, she loved to travel.

    She would talk of the travels she would take “one day.” I had heard about Rocky Mountaineer for years and when it came time to get my parents a 50th wedding anniversary present, I knew that train would be the perfect gift. I mean, what else do you get the couple who has spent life together for more than 50 years?

    I was lucky enough to be invited on the inaugural trek celebrating 25 years of that train riding across Canada on a trip from Vancouver to Calgary. Anxious to get there, I made my way off the bus and towards the bagpipe player. I gazed out the huge floor-to-ceiling glass window in the station to get a peek at the famous train. Soon it was time and, with the bagpipes playing, the entire crew lined up outside in front of the train to simultaneously “wave” at all of the peering guests. The train bellows sounded, the “all aboard” shout out was made and we were off.

    There are many routes to take when deciding which train ride you want to take. The train ride I was on was from Vancouver to Kamloops and then Kamloops to Banff.  I had only two short days of a train ride that had unforgettable scenery.

    I was assigned my seat in the Gold Leaf Service. Once onboard, you will notice how big these “train pods” are. GoldLeaf Service is the Rocky Mountaineer’s first-class category, which is keeping with my value luxury branding. These cars have two levels, an upper level glass domed car for sitting and a lower level train level for dining. Also if you want to step outside for a breath of fresh air or to take some photographs, there is also a vestibule at the back, an outdoor viewing platform.

    The entire first few hours are fascinating as you watch the landscape change literally right before your eyes. There is no doubt that Vancouver is a beautiful place, so be sure and save a few extra days for that, but as the landscape begins to change, the city gets left behind and eventually you are right smack dab in the middle of the forest and majestic mountains. Really words don’t suffice it here, as the scenery takes the front row.

    At times, the views from the panoramic windows seem like a dream, where there are almost too many trees, streams, rivers, mountains, waterfalls and vistas to see.  Signs of life as we know it are left so far behind that you will think you have become Lewis and Clark explorers, only in style and luxury! Be sure to put the Rocky Mountaineer on your bucket list.


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Cacinda Maloney Points and Travel

Cacinda Maloney Dr. Cacinda Maloney is a 'value-luxury' adventure traveler who has traveled every six weeks of her life for the last 19 years. She travels the world and shares her views on where to go, what to see and how to experience the most amazing luxury places the world has to offer. She is a member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, Media Kitty and the International Travel Writers ALLIANCE.
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