Let the magic begin… As you walk into the station, you’re greeted by a sea of smiling faces. These are your fellow-adventurers, and your future friends.

Sit back in your comfortable seat and prepare to see some remarkable scenery. The journey will nourish your body and soul and your mind too.

Each new turn of the track brings another heartwarming story or historical tidbit from your hosts. — And, traveling by train you will be seeing parts of the country accessible only by rail.

Whenever the train pulls into the station, you will find yourself somewhere enchanting.

Aboard Rocky Mountaineer guests will meet fellow travelers and dine with Mother Nature as they wind through lush rainforests, gaze at snow-capped mountains and catch glimpses of wildlife.

One of their vacation package’s is the “Rocky Mountaineer’s Canadian Rockies Highlights,” which is a six-day/fivenight adventure that includes breathtaking mountaintops, glacier-fed lakes and quaint mountain towns as you travel through Vancouver, Kamloops,Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary.

There are different classes of passenger’s cars here but we do suggest splurging for the Gold Leaf package that offers riders 360-degree views of glaciers and peaks from domed, double-decked carriages.

These trains only travel throughout the day and if you are on a multi-day trip, overnights are at hotels.

Besides breathtaking mountain views, lakes, streams and waterfalls, riders will want to keep their eyes open for bald eagles and other wildlife that is in abundance. It has been called the ride of a lifetime and it will certainly pay to take this train ride at least once in your life.

The unparalleled experience onboard the all domed fleet offers rich, historic storytelling, world class cuisine, and a firsthand look at the vast and untouched wild beauty of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

The Rocky Mountaineer is considered one of the best ways to see the Rocky Mountains, having received numerous international awards and accolades for service excellence.

One Of Our favorites is Anchorage to Seward, Alaska.

The Alaska railroad system covers over 500 miles of unforgettable landscape but the 114 miles between Anchorage and Seward are the absolute best. To start the journey, the route hugs the coast of the Turnagain Arm and the heads into areas unreachable by car, away from the Seward Highway.

Riders should expect to travel through five tunnels, over a river gorge and past an impressive blue glacier. The rugged coastal mountains, forests and glaciers are home to some of the best wildlife that can be seen from a train.

Riders will want to keep their eyes peeled for moose, bears, Beluga whales, Dell sheep and bald eagles. This 4 ½-hour journey can be stretched into a few days by staying overnight in Girdwood or Seward and taking advantage of the day trips from those towns. Make sure not to miss out on the sunset over Cook Islet on the way home though.

If you are looking for a train ride that offers the most variety of scenery that is downright beautiful, look no further than the ride from Oregon to Vancouver on the Amtrak Cascades. This journey takes riders along the coast to discover seascapes, through the mountains with views of Mt. Rainer and Mt. Baker and through rainforests, farms and cloud forests. This is one train ride you will want to pack a pair of binoculars as you can see whales breaching, seals playing, bald eagles flying and an abundance of other wildlife.

Free WiFi, plenty of food options, big windows and exceptional service makes this one of the best train rides in all of North America. With a ride time of 11.5 hours, there is no shortage of time to take in all of the beauty that will surround you.

Amtrak allows you and your loved ones to enjoy unforgettable train vacations all across America. With the assortment of travel packages available, you can experience everything from the beauty of the American West and the National Parks to the hustle and bustle of the vibrant cities on the East Coast and the majestic, perennially popular National Parks. You’ll also be able to choose between different travel styles, such as Independent and Escorted rail journeys. If you’re looking for a weekend trip, Amtrak rail provides “getaway” packages to New York, Chicago, and Toronto, which include tickets to a Broadway or Off-Broadway show.

Which travel style is right for you!

You have Escorted Rail vacations that offer a professionally planned itinerary. From local guides at all the individual stops you make along the way.

Rail & Sail Vacations allow you to travel from over 500 Amtrak stations to Seattle or Vancouver to begin your Alaskan cruise.

Family Adventures are designed for families of all ages, with fascinating destinations and attractions, exciting activities and entertaining learning experiences.

Independent Rail Journeys allow you to soak up the magical scenery of North America from the comfort of traveling on Amtrak. While all the planning is done for you –hotel accommodations, sightseeing attractions, activities, dining and more — you are able to set your own schedule.

Rail Getaways are 2 – 4 day, single- city getaways that allow you to combine your travel needs into a simple vacation package with inclusive hotel accommodations, sightseeing and entertainment and you can explore at your own leisure.

Customizable Vacations are also great as you can customize your own trip and create your own dream vacation. You can mix and match destination, hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours and more to fit your own personal style.

Traveling by train is all about the journey, but the destination is fun too!

Each destination is alluring in its own way. But they all have one thing in common: you’ll be glad you visited.

Barbara May is owner of Travel Leaders. Give us a call and let a travel professional help you make that dream vacation a trip of a lifetime. Travel Leaders is at 2765 Wolf Creek Parkway, Suite 104, Memphis, TN 38133 (next door to David’s Bridal) or you can contact Travel Leaders at 901-377-6600.

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