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Railway to the Rockies: The Most Romantic Way to Travel

Traveling somewhere new offers a unique way to discover something unexpected about yourself and the person you love — no matter how long you’ve been together. If you’re daydreaming into the future, rethinking your vacation plans, or celebrating a special occasion or a milestone anniversary, spending time together is what makes any trip a special one. 

But not all journeys are created equal. Some do better at fostering closeness and shared experience than others. The best and most romantic vacations often blend outstanding scenery, cultural experiences, impeccable service and luxury amenities. But how to choose which type of trip? Of all the iconic experiences in the world, you’ll want to select somewhere that ticks as many boxes as possible. 

A truly must-do travel experience, Rocky Mountaineer offers three unique rail routes traveling between the cosmopolitan cruise port of Vancouver, British Columbia and three Canadian Rockies destinations: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper in Alberta. Each of the two- or three-day rail journeys features engaging commentary from knowledgeable onboard Hosts, exceptional cuisine inspired by the regions the train passes through and unmatched comfort as guests take in majestic mountains, rushing rapids, desert-like canyons and roaming wildlife from the glass-dome windows of the train’s coaches. Rocky Mountaineer only travels by day, which means guests never miss a moment of the landscapes they’ve come to see, instead overnighting in comfortable hotel accommodation along the route. The journey is a great fit for couples looking for a special travel experience that will bring them even closer together

Train journeys foster romance better than any other vacation.

Relax and Indulge

With luxurious levels of comfort, indulgent food and wine, and Mother Nature’s most spectacular scenery, Rocky Mountaineer has much in common with cruising and other forms of “slow travel” but with further features that enhance the experience. Much like a cruise, guests are invited to choose their level of pampering: GoldLeaf Service and SilverLeaf Service both offer a luxurious way to see the Canadian Rockies. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll see romance at the end of the tunnel. Spacious seats are perfect for cuddling up to your special someone, while the attentive service from your Hosts ensures every need is met with a smile.

Choose from a delicious menu on GoldLeaf Service.

There’s something supremely romantic about sharing a meal onboard the train, enjoying a glass of wine and watching the scenery roll by while you’re with someone you love. Menus feature a selection of regionally inspired flavors crafted by chefs onboard, including Pacific salmon, Alberta beef, and wines from B.C.’s Okanagan Valley.

Regional ingredients, like Pacific salmon, are served onboard.

While onboard, there’s no WiFi to distract from enjoying one another’s company, just knowledgeable Hosts sharing stories of the past as the train moves along at a meditative pace. It’s both soothing and stimulating to the senses to enjoy the surroundings without the glow of screens or isolation of headphones. It’s a voyage of relaxation supplemented with an enhanced understanding of the regions through which you pass.

There’s nothing to distract you from enjoying the journey with the one you love.

Making Memories

The adventure doesn’t stop when you reach the Canadian Rockies! Rocky Mountaineer works with local tour operators and experts to curate a variety of tours, activities and extended stays in your destination. Dip your paddle into the turquoise waters of Lake Louise as you and your loved one marvel at the size of Victoria Glacier rising high above. Gaze up to the sky during a quiet evening in Jasper National Park, a “Dark Sky Preserve” where the twinkling of countless stars makes for the most intimate of experiences. On cold, clear nights in the park, you may be lucky enough to see the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. In Banff, explore the shops and restaurants along Banff Ave, take the Banff Gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain or enjoy countless outdoor and cultural experiences together.

Stunning views make for rich memories.

Once the challenges of the year settle, and you find yourself once again in trip-planning mode, consider a Rocky Mountaineer luxury train journey to explore the Canadian Rockies. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want a memorable vacation with the person you love, there’s no better way to experience romance than by rail.

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Evan Gove is the SEO & Content Manager for Porthole Cruise and Travel's digital department. He covers cruise industry news and writes ship reviews for porthole.com. You can also catch him as a guest on the YouTube series Cruise Control with Bill Panoff. Follow his tweets and posts about the cruise industry from Porthole Cruise and Travel's social media accounts.