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I recently read an article about the Rocky Mountaineer that caught my attention. The tour company announced a new route from Colorado to Utah for 2021.
What is the Rocky Mountaineer?
The Rocky Mountaineer is a luxury train tour in the Canadian Rockies. I’m familiar with the company because my mom has been talking about going on that train since I was a little girl. My parents finally booked the trip a few years ago, but unfortunately had to cancel due to illness.
The train currently has three routes in Western Canada that includes scenery from Vancouver, Jasper, Whistler and Lake Louise/Banff. Tour packages range from two days to 13 days and can include sightseeing in the national parks. All train travel is done during the day. Instead of sleeping on the train, guests stay overnight in hotels.
What makes this train tour luxurious is the on-board experience. Train cars are glass-domed for optimal viewing. Guests can also go to outdoor viewing platforms. Gourmet meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages are included. In addition, storytellers teach passengers the history and facts of each area. These are nothing like Amtrak trains.
New Route Coming to USA
In 2021, the Rocky Mountaineer will begin a new route from Colorado to Utah. Starting in Denver, guests will stay overnight in Glenwood Springs and then continue to Moab, Utah the next day. Possible tours include sightseeing in Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, the Grand Canyon and more. See here for more details.
Tours and packages are not yet available to book, but prices for the shortest tour start at $1250 per person. That price includes hotel and food on the train.
I’m not sure that I would personally book the US route of the Rocky Mountaineer only because I’ve been on Amtrak on the same route four times (see my last journey on the Amtrak California Zephyr here). Of course, none of my Amtrak trips were “luxurious” by any stretch of the imagination. But, the scenery is the same.
However, as I get older, I find myself more drawn to these type of pampered tours. I wouldn’t mind going on the Rocky Mountaineer’s Canadian routes, as the scenery looks breathtaking and spectacular.
Does the Rocky Mountaineer train tour in the USA interest you? Or, would you rather save the money and see the sights on Amtrak or by car?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.