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All aboard! Explore the best scenic train routes in North America

All aboard! Pack your bags and have your camera ready as you embark on one of North America’s most scenic train routes. From the comforts of your seat, watch the mesmerizing landscapes as you go through some of North America’s most picturesque destinations. With every turn, be prepared to be blown away by the breathtaking views of majestic mountains, turquoise lakes, and charming towns. Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey? The only question that remains is: which route will you choose first?

VIA Rail - The Canadian (Toronto – Vancouver)

Rocky Mountaineer next to a lake

Top Destination: Jasper, Alberta

VIA Rail’s The Canadian route takes you across the country, where you’ll view diverse landscapes that leave you in awe. The four-day trip from Toronto to Vancouver takes passengers out of the city through prairie fields and picturesque towns, past the Canadian Rockies as you cross five provinces.   

Admire the iconic Rocky Mountains until you reach Jasper, where you’ll see towering snowy peaks, evergreen forests, lakes and impressive waterfalls. Watch for the abundant wildlife, such as elk, moose, deer and bears.   

Your final destination, Vancouver, is a vibrant and diverse city known for its stunning natural surroundings, world-class dining, and friendly locals. Grab some noodles for dinner in Canada’s largest Chinatown, take a coffee walk in Gastown to the Steam Clock, browse market vendors on Granville Island and enjoy a coastal bike ride through Stanley Park. 

Amtrak Vacations - Highlights of America Coast to Coast

Grand Canyon West

Top Destination: Grand Canyon, Arizona  

Amtrak Vacations’ 11-day Highlights of America – Coast to Coast offers a unique journey across the United States. Starting in Washington, DC, it is a cross-country rail adventure ending in Los Angeles, California.   

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Chicago, Illinois and Williams, Arizona. One of the highlights of this trip is a stop at the Grand Canyon, where you’ll be able to witness one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the world. The trip also includes sightseeing tours in Washington, Los Angeles, and the Grand Canyon, plus a river cruise in Chicago.  

This American train journey is ideal for seeing the country’s beauty and diversity while learning about its past. 

Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West

Rocky Mountaineer

Top Destination:  Banff or Lake Louise, Alberta 

First Passage to the West, between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff, is one of the most popular Rocky Mountaineer routes. 

This picturesque and historic two-day rail journey takes travellers from British Columbia to Alberta (or vice versa), and is celebrated for connecting British Columbia to the rest of Canada. The Rocky Mountaineer train travels by daylight, and guests spend the night in a comfortable hotel, so they don’t miss a moment of breathtaking scenery. 

On the First Passage of the West route, guests will enjoy awe-inspiring views of the towering Rocky Mountains, pristine lakes, and charming towns along the way. To explore the iconic Rockies destinations, a selection of itineraries is available, ranging from two to 15 days. The final destination on the five-day Classic Lake Louise package is Lake Louise, where guests can get an up-close look at the iconic turquoise lake that attracts tourists worldwide. The Classic Banff trip can end there, or opt for a more extended adventure featuring both spectacular destinations. Rocky Mountaineer Circle Journeys include more than one rail route and offer more days onboard the train.   

Whether GoldLeaf Service or SilverLeaf Service is selected, the train features glass-dome coaches with oversized windows, allowing unobstructed views of the stunning scenery. The GoldLeaf Sevice outdoor viewing platform is perfect for taking photos and feeling the crisp mountain air. The service onboard is also top-notch, with gourmet, regionally-inspired meals and complimentary drinks served throughout the trip. 

Railbookers – New England Fall Foliage

Portland Head Lighthouse

Do you want to see New England in the autumn? Look no further than Railbookers’ New England Fall Foliage itinerary in September and October. This six-day journey will take you through charming cities, idyllic towns, and breathtaking landscapes, making it the perfect getaway.  

Your trip begins in the vibrant city of Boston, Massachusetts — known for its rich history, cultural diversity, and charming neighbourhoods. Stroll along the Freedom Trail to learn about America’s Revolutionary War or visit one of the many museums showcasing the city’s art, science, and history.   

Hop aboard a coach bus to embark on your hunt for fall colours. Relax as you cruise by quaint ponds, historical buildings, and classic farms, highlighted with orange, red and yellow hues. Stop at an orchard to enjoy some fresh cider. Continue your train adventure to New England’s best-kept secret, Portland, to experience the city’s cheerful atmosphere, vibrant arts scene, fresh seafood cuisine and diverse shops. 

Leave the planning to us

From coast to coast, you can experience an epic railway journey without having to worry about planning all of the details. Contact a CAA Travel Consultant by booking an appointment online to start mapping out your next holiday.  

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