Destinations & Midpoint Destinations
Our rail journeys provide privileged access to spectacular, natural wonders of the world. Whether your journey with us is through the majesty of the Canadian Rockies, or the storied landscapes of the American Southwest, it will be an unforgettable experience.
Vancouver, Kamloops, Quesnel, Whistler, and Las Vegas are in the Pacific Time Zone. Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Calgary, Moab, Glenwood Springs, Denver, and Salt Lake City are in the Mountain Time Zone (MT), one hour ahead of Pacific Time (PT). Please note: 7:00 am PT is 8:00 am MT.
Upon checking in to your hotel in each destination, please stop by the hotel Front Desk to provide a credit card in the case of incidental charges such as meals, alcoholic beverages, long-distance calls, room service, damage deposits, and other hotel charges.
Explore the destinations below where your journey begins and/or ends.
Tours & Transfers
Refer to your travel documents for pick-up and drop-off information in regards to any booked transfers or tours. Please note: gratuities have not been included for driver guides, tour escorts, or hotel porters. If you are travelling on an escorted tour, we recommend checking with your Tour Director to confirm if gratuities have already been included for certain services.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, Vancouver is considered to be one of the most desirable places to live or visit in the world. A cosmopolitan city nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, and blessed with green spaces galore, Vancouver is an outdoor playground waiting to be discovered. Vancouver is also home to world-class entertainment, an abundance of first class restaurants, and a diverse range of shopping options.
The town of Banff is named after Banffshire in Scotland, the birthplace of two major financiers of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Nestled into the Bow Valley corridor within Banff National Park, highlights include the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, bustling Banff Avenue, Bow River, the Sulphur Mountain Gondola, and Bow Falls.
Lake Louise, Alberta
Known to the Stoney First Nation as Lake of the Little Fishes and called Emerald Lake by its first European visitor in 1882, Lake Louise was renamed in 1884 to honour Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, daughter of Queen Victoria. The village of Lake Louise offers a range of lodging, dining, and shopping. From the village it is a ten minute drive to the lake. Please note, if you plan to dine at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, it is recommended to make dining reservations by calling 403.522.1818 within 7 days prior to your arrival.
Jasper is a small town of 4,700 people tucked away in the mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Located on a plateau overlooking the Athabasca Valley, it commands a view of the Colin Range to the east and the jagged peaks along the Icefield Parkway to the south. Snow-capped Mount Edith Cavell, one of the most prominent mountains, is the centerpiece of the alpine skyline. North of the town, Pyramid Mountain towers above Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, summer boating, and picnic sites.
Known as the “Mile High City” for its unique position exactly one mile above sea level, Colorado’s capital city regularly ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. From stunning architecture to panoramic mountain vistas, Denver is a city where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. A thriving cultural scene, award-winning dining, and 300 days of sunshine annually, are just a few of the highlight’s visitors can enjoy in this year-round destination.
Home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the charming resort town of Moab is surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible natural red sandstone landscapes. Visitors will enjoy the warm hospitality offered in this small American Southwest town while exploring its many microbreweries, restaurants, and galleries.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Carved out of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas grew from a tiny railroad center to one of the most extravagant places to visit in North America. The neon lights of the famous “Vegas Strip” make this spot the brightest on earth. With world-class resorts, award-winning restaurants, stellar shopping, renowned entertainment, and one-of-a-kind nightlife, it’s the ultimate entertainment destination.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Once a peaceful grassland region, this city is now home to over 200,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. As the hub where alpine mountains meet arid desert, this urban city is a year-round destination and an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. With a buzzing food scene, art festivals, boutique shops, and creative nightlife, there’s something for everyone in Salt Lake City.
As the train travels during daylight only, every rail journey includes overnight accommodation at a mid-point destination in either Kamloops*, Whistler and Quesnel, or Glenwood Springs.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Kamloops is located in the heart of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. The name is derived from a Shuswap word meaning “meeting of the waters” because the city is nestled at a point in the valley where the North and South Thompson rivers meet. A complimentary shuttle service may be available to the downtown core if your hotel is not within walking distance. Please check the schedule with your hotel.
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler is a vibrant, four-season resort nestled in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver. While this town is best known for being one of North America’s top-rated ski resorts, it is fast becoming famous for its multitude of summer activities and outdoor adventure pursuits, including rafting, ziplining, and heli-hiking.
Quesnel, British Columbia
The city of Quesnel is the gateway to the North Cariboo region, with a history dating back to the Cariboo Gold Rush. Numerous shops and restaurants stay open late to afford Rocky Mountaineer guests the opportunity to explore this quaint city.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Famous for its geothermal hot springs and year-round outdoor activities, this tranquil town is nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Feel history come alive in this rowdy frontier town of yesteryear where gangsters, gunslingers, and good time gals once strolled. A vibrant place to explore, today’s Glenwood Springs offers a dynamic dining and entertainment scene in true Wild West setting.
Overnight Hotel Accommodations in Kamloops, Quesnel, and Glenwood Springs
Rocky Mountaineer has secured the best available accommodation in Kamloops, Quesnel, and Glenwood Springs for our guests. You will stay in moderate two- or three-star accommodation with essential amenities and great service. While these accommodations are clean and comfortable, they may not be as luxurious as those in other destinations on your journey. Please note that specific room types cannot be guaranteed due to availability in these destinations. Your Kamloops, Quesnel, or Glenwood Springs accommodation will be shown on your boarding pass. Your boarding pass will be provided when you check in to board the Rocky Mountaineer train.
*Circumstances may necessitate the occasional accommodation change from Kamloops to the surrounding area or the nearby resort of Sun Peaks.