Trip: Considered by many the world’s most spectacular rail route, this two-day excursion runs only during the day, so passengers miss none of the breathtaking sights—rushing rivers, snowcapped peaks, primeval forest and wildlife (including bears and elk). The train runs from cosmopolitan Vancouver through the Fraser River Valley to Kamloops, where passengers overnight in hotels. The next day it ascends the majestic Canadian Rockies, arriving in either Jasper or Banff/Calgary.
Onboard: First-class passengers sit in a bi-level domed observation car, get fresh-air views from a covered vestibule, and enjoy breakfast and lunch in the lower dining room, which boasts such regional delights as wild salmon and British Columbia wines. Coach passengers sit and eat in comfortable, reclining seats by picture windows. Attendants in each car provide service and commentary on the route.
Don’t Miss: The churning rapids of Hell’s Gate, where the rushing Fraser River shoots through a narrow, rocky gorge.
Insider Tip: Rent a car and spend a few add-on days exploring Banff and Jasper national parks, staying at AAA Four Diamond-rated Fairmont Banff Springs.