Aboard the trans-Candian train Rocky Mountaineer, the ride is the vacation—a luxury of local meats and maple, silver service, and world-class scenery.

Riding historic trains in Colorado isn't new to me. I grew up here, and enjoy the grit, smoke, and steam. The trans-Canadian train Rocky Mountaineer is something entirely different. I boarded on a sunny April morning in Vancouver for a four-day, three-night, eastbound excursion and felt a bit like a superstar from the beginning, uttering a “wow” or two as my friend and I wound our way up the spiral stairs to the second level of the glass-domed GoldLeaf car. It was a bright, airy space that offered more comfort than what 19th-century gold miners on Colorado's rails could have imagined.

I arrived in Vancouver the day before departure and wandered the nearby arts district, grabbed lunch at a sidewalk café reminiscent of Paris, and explored the nearby harbor with snow-capped mountains in the distance. It was my first visit to Vancouver and I fell in love with the city's welcoming generosity.

To read more about my trip on Rocky Mountaineer, click here to open the PDF of the full article that appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of AAA EnCompass.

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